The Designer

Emo Rugene

Emo Rugene is a shoe designer, model and actor.  He used to play football for most of his life but after many injuries and surgeries he decided to pursue his second love… fashion.

Starting out as a stylist for African fashion house Blackbird Jeans he’s worked on numerous fashion events, music videos and photo shoots for both corporate clients and individuals. Some of the clients include, Nokia, Yellow Moon and Blackbird Jeans. He has also worked with artists such as Antoneosoul and Fena and many young professionals.

Afros was a natural progression for him birthed from a desire to express his fashion sense in shoes that he loves so much.

He holds a BA in International Relations from United States International University (USIU) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Resolution at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

List of Modeling and acting jobs he’s taken.- Fashion Café, Trends Fashion Festival, FAB expo, Swahili Fashion Week( Nairobi Show case), FAFA emerging designers, Naivasha Fashion Weekend, Nairobi Haute Courture, Swahili Fashion Week.


Emo was also voted first runners up in the category of Best male model East Africa in the Swahili Fashion Week awards 2012

He has also worked on numerous photoshoots with some of the best photographers in Kenya, namely Emmanuel Jambo. Thomson Ncube and Thandiwe Mureu.

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