One man, three outfits and truckloads of confidence

While the UK Government has generously dished out the bulk of the cash to support Sierra Leone’s Ebola response, there is one man behind the walls of the mighty donor office in Freetown who has held the fort in the style stakes. Simpson cuts through the ‘office attire in the field’ that surrounds him with colour explosions, Africana swag and a self assured cool unrivalled by anyone in the entire British civil service.

Simpy’s wardrobe is no doubt killer, but it’s his unwavering confidence that really elevates him into the realms of a Freetown ‘IT’ man.  “I’m not really into fashion I just know how to make things match and look fabulous. I can make anything work”.  He claims to have a wardrobe the size of Posh Spice with more than 15 pairs of shoes, 10 pairs of jeans and too many Africana garments to count. And while fashion is not a competition, Simpy knows where he ranks, “Who’s the best dressed person in your office Simpson? I don’t even have to think about that, me of course”. Let’s explore Simpy’s best looks.

IMG_6410This two piece Africana is one of the best examples of a men’s matchy matchy I’ve seen. The X factor here is in the tapering at the ankles that creates a narrow silhouette. “I got my tailor to use zippers around the legs, I like the skinny look”.

IMG_6451A clean canvas of crisp white linen is brought to life with a splash of geometrical shaped embroidery in primary colours.

IMG_6641Not one to let a trend pass him by, Simpson adds flare to a basic pair of skinnies with his own take on the Addis Ababa shirt, this version was custom made by the genius responsible for all these original looks, Simpson’s tailor – Mr Bilor.

A man of the striped cloth

Bumping into the Rev.Emmanuel Benson Palmer is always a treat, because you can be guaranteed he will knock you out with his special flavour of churchy swag. On his way to a funeral (RIP good friend Sorie) our Fashpack regular opted for a jazzed up version of his standard church robe.

IMG_6145‘Today is important because we will be saying good bye to my good friend Sorie*, so I wear stripes’ says the Rev. The punk rock chain is an added extra worn typically by the Rev. while on the job.

*Sorie was buried with a ‘safe and dignified medical burial’, it’s the way all burials have taken place in Sierra Leone since the Ebola outbreak. It means that the burial team must wear full PPE and loved one’s must remain a safe distance from the body. It’s not easy for a culture that farewells their loved one’s by touching and kissing bodies. Sadly this has been one of the main causes of transmission. The tentative good news is that Sierra Leone has now gone 8 days with no Ebola cases. It’s too early to pop the Palm Wine but we all remain tentatively optimistic that this heathen little virus has finally taken the hint and is out the door.