Kiko Romeo, referred to by many as Kenya’s oldest fashion brand was founded in 1996 by Scottish born Ann McCreath. Having arrived in Kenya in 1992, Ann worked on projects for Médecins Sans Frontières in North Eastern Kenya which is where the Kiko Romeo idea was born. While working in emergency aid, she realised that the best way to conquer lack of development was to provide sustainable jobs and enterprise development through trade opportunities instead of aid. She set about to work with different community groups (mainly consisting of women) in an industry she had always been passionate about and worked in previously in Europe – fashion.
“Kiki Romeo” means “Adams Apple” in Kiswahili.
Kiko Romeo was initially launched as menswear brand – hence the name, but she soon shifted to womenswear as men weren’t very interested in fashion at the time. More than 20 years later, all this has changed and Kiki Romeo designs for men, women, and interiors.
The brand has showcased in Paris, London, Milan and South Africa as well as had a feature in 2012 Vogue Italia’s Vogue Luomo.