Creative African Fashion
Kyaligonza is the only African fashion house that processes African fabric into well fitted garments that compliment your body type. For people who prioritize trend, quality and comfort, in a country where people value imported duplicate clothing over carefully thought about and constructed limited edition apparel
When we started out in 2002, there were very few people who were specializing in designing kitenge wear. You would often see old women wearing kitenge wrappers and tops and little else made from kitenge. But the fact is: the first kitenge dress that we displayed in the shop window was bought the same day.
The Kyaligonza Experience
We take great pride in striving to be professional in all aspects of our business and to provide a unique customer centered experience for all our clients. This includes providing customers with clearly set timelines of when their tailor-made outfits will be ready, which is 7 days or less depending on the design.
Because of our commitment to delivering stylish authentic products to customers both within and outside Uganda conveniently, we launched our online store www.kyaligonza.com. Our userfriendly online store helps you order your favourite Kyaligonza products wherever you are.
Daphne Kyaligonza is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, professional stylist, dressmaker, fashion consultant and artiste manager for Cindy Sanyu. Daphne was one of the top students of Tiner International School of Beauty & Fashion. She is also a Director of the Ugandan NGO; Uganda Hands for Hope and a mother of three.
The Story Behind The Fashion
I was born in Mbarara Hospital and grew up in a police barracks in Gulu. My family and I left Gulu and settled in Kampala, frequently spending time in Mbale and Kampala. I graduated from Kololo Senior Secondary School and Ngora High School after which I joined Tiner International School of Beauty and Fashion and graduated in 2002. During my vacation, I was a radio presenter at Mbale FM.
I opened my first fashion clothing shop in 2004 in unit 10 of Kabalagala’s modern market. At that time, all I had were 2 sewing machines and I was sharing the space with a friend. Between us, we did alterations, sold a variety of second hand clothes which we used to buy carefully selected from Owino market and the occasionally made an African/Kitenge dress.
We used to send all our work to town for finishing. To ensure we could meet the monthly rent and expenses, the shop became a local bar for our family, friends and neighbours each evening. It was certainly a struggle and people seemed as though they didn’t believe in us and what we could do because we were all so young. Our competition appeared to be far more skilled.
After about a year, we relocated to Kibuli Road where we have been ever since. We started out renting one small unit, the size of a local retail shop, where we also rented out DVDs to assist with covering monthly bills. Over the years we started to increase the size of the shop, regularly renting more and more space to be able to provide for the increasing demand for our products.
It became more and more apparent that many of our customers needed to select from a large variety of individually designed dresses, all readymade, so they could simply try on and have small adjustments made.
Since then, we have grown up to 7 branches of Kyaligonza Fashion stores across Kampala.