Walking around town on a Friday afternoon is always an arresting experience. I especially love to analyze the expressions on pedestrians’ faces and make wild guesses about where they’re going specifically, and who they are generally. On this drizzly overcast day, I captured a number of citizens in various stages of confusion, fatigue and purpose.
Adam’s Arcade Marketplace in Kilimani is home to a number of small businesses. Each shop sits along the bustling street eagerly awaiting customers, while its assertive owners beckon to passersby. Christopher Kimonyi is one of this area’s many business residents. His little gem of a hat shop, Jacqub’s, offers an expansive selection of headgear, with styles ranging from delicate sunhats to traditionally Western cowboy hats. Christopher opened Jaqub’s 2 years ago from the money he saved selling DVDs and apparel for other businesses in the marketplace.
“Hats are very [financially] beneficial,” said Christopher when I asked him why he chose to sell Panamas instead of Passion Fruits. He collaborates with his friends to secure steady sales.
Christopher with his business partner Michael (center right) and friend J. J. (far right)
Christopher seems like a honest guy with a relaxed and easy-going demeanor. He patiently catered to me while I tried on an endless array of hats and expertly fielded all my questions that ranged from washing instructions to tips on proper sizing.
My Masai figurine modeling my new Fedora
Both Christopher and I agree that the fedora is our favorite style of hat; its classic design and unassuming presence makes every outfit just a little bit cooler. I ultimately walked away with this tan linen fedora. The hat itself is in mint condition and is a great compliment to my wardrobe. Most importantly, it helps shield my face from the scorching heat.
Jaqub’s is located on Suna Road, just off Ngong Road, in front of the Friends Butchery.