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.

Sunday morning suit

This is not the kind of outfit most people slip into on a lazy Sunday morning, but while everyone else is nursing a dirty hangover and reading the horoscope section of the Sunday papers, Harold Sutton-Koroma is dressing up for church. Harold’s wife, Reverend Christiana Sutton-Koroma is the big boss of St. Paul’s Evangelical parish in Freetown and sitting in the front pew each week eagerly listening to her sermons you are guaranteed to find her handsome other half Harold. “My wife is the pastor here, so I have to look respectable for her and the congregation”, says Harold. IMG_5149

Harold jazzes up his morning suit with a red cummerbund, handkerchief and bow tie and says he always polishes his shoes.

IMG_4345Photo courtesy Tom Dixon

That’s Harold with his bae Rev. Christiana. And what’s it like to be married to a Reverend? “She is my wife it is just normal for me. I do many things as well in my life, I am a fashion designer, a driving instructor and a community priest which means I am not yet ordained but one day I will be”.