Loux is the small one
“We grew up wearing suits”he says.
Q:Who is Loux?
A:Baptized in the name of Lourens Loux Gebhardt full Born and raised in the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek. Loux is a dynamic friendly person that loves vintage items. I am down to earth and love being creative and unique. Call me LOUX as that is my brand or call me Vintage Guru 🙂
Q:You are referred to as the Vintage guru, how did that come about?
A:It all started when I got the feel of vintage, I decided to change my style into vintage because my late-grandfather told me to always look well dressed and dandy, and I picked it up that what makes me look well elegant is wearing my vintage suits. suffice to say, my brothers and I grew up wearing suits. Our parents had that feel of always making us look well groomed, since childhood we wore suits and so my friends decided to call me the guru of vintage because of how I dress.
Q:When did you discover your love for fashion?
A:From a young age I was inspired by my late grandfather, the old man always dressed in suits and shiny shoes and he would often say “son, fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are, make sure you are always well dressed”. so I grew up loving fashion. I define my style as a Hipster, for me this just means, I get to express myself and influence other peoples fashion-sense. I call my style sophistication-punk, its a bit of a mixture. but I think style is an expression of your day to day mood it comes with in ones inner self.I fell in love with vintage pieces especially from the 1960’s, and normally will alter them to fit me and modernize them in my own way. Most to the suits I wear are actually my late Dad’s suits. I wear a hat with every outfit as well as vintage club ties because to me they are both stylish and respectful. I dress like this every day.
Q: What should we expect to see at RVK Fashion Week?
A:Well I don’t want to reveal too much, all I can say is expect pieces with bright colors . These colors represents unity in the African continent, they tell a story.
Q: How did your collaboration with Khumbula come about?
A: The collaboration with Khumbula was initiated by Harness Hamese, our photographer. This collaboration is to show the fashion world that we can unite as one in the African continent. We call ourselves LIA (Love is African) and we are currently playing a big part by simply inspiring fashionistas around the African continent. We are all passionate vintage lovers who pay tribute to the legendary vintage clothing era. Love is African makes us discover our style and personality by reaching in the depths of our past for the rich cultural heritage left to us by our ancestors. We busy with projects in uplifting the fashion industry in Africa, we are also working with international non-profit organisations in countries such as United States of America. We will keep you all informed as developments unfold.
Q: Should we expect any other collaboration with other people?
A:A big YES – my aim is unity. to work together with everyone and bring change to the fashion industry in Africa.
Q: What is your personal vision?
A: My vision is to strive and work hard in the design industry. I want to be one of the best designers in GENTLEMAN collections in my country Namibia. I also strive to produce high-quality designs that fit into the contemporary lifestyle and that hold maximum functionality in terms of producing up market and latest fashionable suits and blazers.
Q: What is your vision for the African youth and fashion?
A: Again UNITY. We strive at working together as brothers and sisters in the African continent.
Q: Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
A: Being ‘cat-walked’ by models in international fashion weeks such as PARIS and MILAN fashion weeks as well as my designs being sold not only locally but internationally.
Catch Loux at Retro Vintage Fashion Week 2014 from the 28th of Feb-2 March. you might get to talk to him
SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!