We asked Kigali-based designers which “Made-in-Rwanda” item from their collection they recommend for long-haul flights to stay comfortable ánd fashionable.

Sonia Mugabodesigns whimsical and unapologetically feminine fashion. She has a strong affinity for botanical prints giving her clothes a tropical, bohemian flair.  

“For airplane travel, I recommend our best-selling signature button up blouse. It is a light, soft cotton blouse which is very comfortable and is great for layering. With its bright, fun prints you already feel your vacation has started.” 

Lisa B Marler is a hand bag designer whose designs are all handmade from African leather, kitenge fabric and Rwandan bees wax and cow horn. 

“I recommend our Ruhengeri leather and canvas traveller bag. It can hold my iPad, a total must for travel, and it has convenient compartments for important documents such as boarding passes and passport.”

Matthew “Tayo” Rugamba is the founder and creative director of House of Tayo, a menswear brand known for its African sophistication.

“I recommend our safari kimono for airplane travel. As the name implies, it is designed for travel [safari means ‘journey’ in Swahili]. It has four exterior pockets to keep your wallet, documents and phone. The jacket is loosely fit and light-weight so you can be both comfortable and stylish as you travel and it comes in denim or wrinkle-free twill cotton. 

Linda Ndungutse is the founder of Haute Baso, an ethical fashion brand characterised by traditional African craftsmanship for women who enjoy comfort and elegance.

“I recommend our bold black and white printed culottes. Made from a lightweight and breathable fabric, the palazzo style culottes are perfect for travellers who will not compromise style for comfort during flights. Our culottes can be styled as a relaxed look with a t-shirt and sneakers or a more polished look with a blouse and a ballet pump.” 

This article was published in Inzozi Magazine, Spring 2019