It is said that ‘smartness knows no weather’, and Courageous Japhet Ndamukunda goes by this mantra. On a warm afternoon, underneath the scorching Kigali sun, you’ll uncover him quite smartly dressed, in a accommodate and tie.
You can simply call him the ‘suit guy’ because truthfully, he is normally impeccably dressed, just one may feel he has a task interview or an crucial business perform to attend, but no, which is just each day attire for him.
Being a qualified tailor and specialising in company suits, for adult men and ladies, he loves staying his have product. He believes that his own visual appeal claims a great deal to the public and that is how he has acquired clients.
Ndamukunda, the founder of La Lune located in Rebero, wears many hats, he is a tailor, inside designer, and painter. Ahead of entirely transitioning to company vogue, the corporation generally made and sold jewelry like earrings and bangles, and also t-shirts.
Charmed by how persons these types of as presidents, ministers, and corporate individuals neatly costume and accessorise their look, Ndamukunda yearned to be the one to make satisfies for these persons, but regretably, he lacked abilities in stitching.
So he took a limited system in tailoring satisfies available by a skilled tailor in 2018. He mastered men’s fits in a 12 months and a half, and immediately after, started off women’s suits for a year plus.
He claims he commenced earning satisfies promptly immediately after getting capabilities. His suits are in only 4 colors, that is, grey, black, navy blue, and khaki.
Ndamukunda states having clientele was no walk in the park, but social media assisted in this regard. He also attended company situations wherever he shared small business cards with quite a few persons. With time, he obtained a lot more and far more clients. Word-of-mouth is an additional internet marketing tactic that worked for him. It took him about one 12 months and a half to get frequent clientele.
At the start off, the approach to target a better course of persons was not fruitful simply because his cloth was affordable. A suit would go for Rwf 50,000 in 2020, but mainly because he preferred to make more cash, he upgraded to greater fabric, now his selling prices assortment from Rwf 150,000 to Rwf 500,000 dependent on the material of the go well with.
This type of position, he claims, demands willpower as that is what has stored him correct to his customers, generating positive he delivers in the agreed period of time of time, and acquiring the expertise and creativeness to be capable to make every style a consumer desires.
He provides that his physical appearance produces a sense of self-assurance simply because people today give him the gain of the doubt—that he will make something as pleasant as he is sporting or improved.
He at this time employs 10 employees, and to help you save himself the expense of getting new sewing equipment, he resolved to utilize experienced tailors who by now experienced devices, and with the same eyesight as his.
Ndamukunda notes that at the begin, stitching was challenging mainly because he wasn’t common with measurements and lacked the encounter, so he designed blunders. He would consider about three days to make a single fit, which is not the situation now, for the reason that he can make a go well with in just a day. “Usually, individuals who like ‘express suits’ pay out added,” he notes.
He is thwarted that tailors are not perfectly-recognized yet they make the fashion designers’ operate straightforward, but credit history is presented to only stylists. He seems to be ahead to developing a production corporation that will generate all types of garments in Rwanda.
In buy to fiscally assist his fit enterprise, he started out offering inside design and style services. He acquired some abilities in carpentry in Gakingiro, Gisozi for 1 calendar year. He provides decor companies to residences, places of work, and resorts, and is hired to function on many other projects. A single of his objectives is to be just one of the primary producers of home furnishings in Rwanda.
Ndamukunda is a self-taught artist, skilled in portray, sculpting, and drawing in pen and pencil. He also delivers art lessons to anyone interested in mastering how to draw or paint.
With art, he hopes to portray Rwandan society and character. He anticipates offering house and a system to men and women with a enthusiasm for artwork.