Events have now moved from just being a concert to being music with purpose. Nairobi Thrift Social is no different. Nairobi Thrift Social explores fashion, visual art and music. All this is to inspire innovation in Kenya’s vibrant and multi–faceted creative industry. It is also a great platform to show case the talent in Kenya and a platform to socialize with other art fanatics.

Nairobi Thrift Social was funded in 2015 by Oliver Asike and Velma Rossa, collectively known as 2ManySiblings. The market invites fashion and style enthusiasts to shop from a curated selection of the city’s cutting-edge vendors attracting a overabundance of creatives from fashion enterprises, designers, photographers, stylists, models, art directors and other fashion actors in the Kenyan fashion ecosystem.

Nairobi Thrift social was celebrating it’s 4th year in business on 9th June 2019 at the Go Down Art Centre. The theme of this edition was tie and dye. Previous edition includes: Athleisure, Made in Kenya and color-blocking. Oliver Asike unveils Vitimbi, premier fashion brand. The fashion brand draws its inspiration from the city’s street culture, government, middle class and low-income communities.

This edition featured amazing artists like Wanja Wahoro and Karuni. Mix Master Lenny, TAIO and Shishi made sure that the crowd was always on its feet. British rapper-singer IAMDDB, the ‘Shade’ hitmaker with a fierce blend of soulful hip hop, pounding trap and swirling urban jazz, headlined at the Nairobi Thrift Social.

The crowd was not only treated to insanely amazing music but also drinks and food from different vendors. There was also some of the best photographers in Kenya to capture the moments. Fans also got to interact with some of their favourite celebrities. They included, Elodie Zone, Bensoul, Nviiri the story teller Jean Ojiro, just to mention a few. There were designated rooms reserved for photography. Tattoos and piercing services were also offered. Jewelry vendors were also available.


The event pulled a huge crowd of art and fashion lovers. These are the kind of events that should be organized often. All with the purpose of bringing creatives under one fun roof. Fans cannot wait for the next Nairobi Thrift Social edition.