April 15, 2018 - Clothing & Accessories

10 Reasons to Wear African Menswear This Summer!

Men's Green African Print Short Sleeve Shirt Model Wearing

Our trendy men’s African print clothing collection is great for wearing casually, on holiday, at the beach and for standing out in a crowd at parties and music festivals.

Be prepared to receive lots of compliments as people wonder where on earth you found such a funky, unique and colourful clothing item! You will certainly not find anything similar to wear on the high street.

Read on to find out why our African menswear is great to wear all summer long and for all occasions!

Why Wear African Print Clothing All Summer Long?

1) African wax print clothing brightens your mood and lets you have fun due to its vibrant colours and bold prints.


Kitenge customers having fun wearing their African style shirts at Victorious festival UK


Kitenge customers having fun wearing their brand new African style shirts at Victorious Festival

2) Kitenge’s African print clothing is handmade using 100% cotton ankara fabric, which keeps you nice and cool in warm weather.


African style shirts modelled by Kitenge Store customers at Victorious Festival UK


Kitenge customers cooling down in their African print shirts after a hot summers day at a world music festival

3) As all our fabrics are made using 100% cotton they are extremely comfortable to wear. The more you wash them, in the machine or by hand, the softer the material becomes!


Benji from Super Dread feeling very comfortable in his brand new pair of African print trousers at Kaya world music and arts festival UK


Benji from Super Dread feeling very comfortable in his new pair of African print trousers

4) All our kitenge fabrics are locally sourced in Tanzania and because they are original, African produced fabrics, their quality is exceptional.

Furthermore, our unique clothes are individually handcut by our tailors in Tanzania. Therefore, the print placement varies ensuring no two items are ever the same. Pretty cool hey?!


Men's yellow leaf African print long sleeve shirt customer wearing at Africa Oye Festival in Liverpool UK


A customer at Africa Oye Festival with amazing individual style. We salute you!

5) Our colourful wax print fabrics will look the same for many years to come, as their colorfastness is also fantastic.


happy customers modelling their funky Kitenge shirts at WOMAD Festival UK


Happy customers modelling their stylish Kitenge shirts at WOMAD Festival

“Shirt still fits perfect (compliments to the tailors!) and it receives compliments every time. Thank you, well done. See you at WOMAD this year”

Daniel (pictured above left)

6) Stand out in a crowd and get noticed by wearing a Kitenge shirt and perhaps a pair of trousers too! Life is too short to wear dull and boring clothes.


kitenge customer wearing a matching African print shirt and African print trousers at Beautiful Days Festival in Devon UK


Ben fully kitted himself out in Kitenge at Beautiful Days Festival. He was by far the coolest festivalgoer on the block!

Fantastic project, fantastic people, and fantastic clothes! Big up Kitenge!”


7) Why not wear matching father and son shirts at a party, on holiday or at a music festival?


Father and son wearing matching Kitenge African print style shirts with short sleeves at Glastonbury Festival UK


A father and son wearing matching Kitenge shirts at Glastonbury Festival

8) Or you could go all out by kitting out the whole family in our latest ankara styles!


Women's yellow African print top blouse with short sleeve modelled by a customer at WOMAD Festival UK


The Hindley family wearing their African outfits at WOMAD Festival

9) It doesn’t matter what age you are. Anyone can enjoy wearing African print clothing!


Kitenge founder's grandfather modelling one of his African print shirts


Kitenge Founder’s Grandfather, Ron, is in his 90’s and often wears Kitenge shirts to brighten up his surroundings

10) Don’t forget that all our modern African print clothing designs are lovingly handmade by our highly skilled tailors in Tanzania.

We are proud to be a ‘Made in Africa’ social enterprise empowering tailors to improve their livelihoods one colourful garment at a time!


Abdallah Kitenge's main tailor using a sewing machine at his workshop in Tanzania


Our master tailor, Abdallah, making one of our shirts at his workshop in Tanzania, which he opened using the profits made from our orders. He has also purchased several new sewing machines including the one he is using in this photo.

Made to Measure African Wax Print Clothing

Did you know that Kitenge offers a made to measure clothes online service? With our men’s made to measure shirts you can choose your preferred sleeve length (long or short), select your favourite ankara fabric colour/design and decide how you would like to customise your shirt including the: collar, cuff, placket and pocket style.

Kitenge’s talented African menswear tailors also made custom-made African print trousers and shorts. If you prefer a shorter/longer length or a smaller/bigger size for additional comfort then this is a great option for you!

All you need to do is measure a shirt, pair of trousers or shorts that fit you well at home by following our simple ‘how to measure‘ guides. Your life will be transformed once you receive your made to measure garment that fits perfectly!

Take advantage of our fantastic special offer. When you purchase your first made to measure shirt you can get another one for free! Simply design 2 made to measure shirts (with the same sleeve length) and add them to your basket. Then enter the coupon MTMFIRST to receive 50% off your order!

Further reading:

Styling Your African menswear – Kitenge’s Styling Tips

What is Made to Measure Clothing

Why Custom-Made Shirts are A Great Addition to Your Wardrobe

How to Look After Your Custom-Made Shirt

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