The Global Business of Secondhand Clothes Thrives in Kenya

Gikomba market in Nairobi | Source: Reuters

Shaded by ragged squares of canvas, amid choking dust and the noise of hawkers, shoppers in Nairobi’s Gikomba market can turn up Tommy Hilfiger jeans or a Burberry jacket for a fraction of the price in London’s Regent Street or New York’s Fifth Avenue.

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Global Gatekeepers

Top L-R: Monica Mendes, Miroslava Duma, Omoyemi Akerele, Melvin Chua, Susan Sabet, Bandana Tewari | Illustrations by Clym Evernden

The gilded key to the world’s most dynamic emerging economies is a combination of on-the-ground intelligence and loyal contacts. Six in-demand emissaries in global fashion sat down with BoF to share a few home truths about the markets on their doorstep.

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