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Shock as Mzungu Lady Quits Job After Finding Her Clothes Being Sold as Mitumba in Nairobi

by Paul Nyongesa
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In a surprising turn of events, Rachel Stepanek, a renowned fashion designer hailing from the United Kingdom, found herself facing an unexpected reality during a trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

While wandering through the vibrant streets of the African city, Stepanek stumbled upon something that would forever change her perspective on her illustrious 30-year career in the fashion industry.

Amidst the bustling markets of Nairobi, Stepanek’s eyes locked onto a familiar sight – a khaki canvas utility jacket adorned with badges.

Her heart sank as she recognized it as one of her own designs. The jacket that once graced the catwalks of high-end fashion shows in the UK was now lying in the dust, part of the vibrant tapestry of second-hand clothes (Mitumba) for sale.

This shocking discovery prompted Stepanek to reflect deeply on the impact of her profession. With mounting questions about how her creations had transformed into reject clothing on the streets of Nairobi within a mere six months, she made a courageous decision.

In 2017, she chose to step away from her career and take a hiatus to reimagine her role in the world of fashion.

The revelation led her down a path of introspection and ultimately sparked a newfound passion for sustainable fashion.

As she witnessed firsthand the consequences of the throwaway culture prevalent in the industry, Stepanek was determined to make a difference. She recognized that fashion had a considerable burden on the planet and was committed to finding a way to contribute positively.

After her year-long sabbatical, Stepanek emerged with a fresh perspective. She sought to redefine her role as a fashion professional, focusing on sustainability and ethical practices.


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