The Rake Travel Journal: Paris Edition with Kevis Manzi

The Rake Travel Journal is our new monthly editorial series that delves into the cities from the people that know them. We’re delighted to open our series with the insight from style maven and Parisian resident, Kevis Manzi.

  • fashion director Melissa Jane Tarling

  • by Freddie Anderson

  • photography Brandon Hinton

Kevis wears: Amalfi yellow Heritage jacket, Amalfi yellow Heritage contemporary trousers, both Edward Sexton; shirt, hat and shoes, models own.

We’re always in awe of the elegant order of Paris, the long perspectives of the boulevards, the uniformity of its buildings, and its extensive pathways through its famous gardens. Even in its more rustic neighbourhoods there’s always a whiff of elegance. No other city eclipses Paris in terms of sheer style. Famous for its long roster of womenswear designers, it became the undisputed centre of luxury menswear in the 1980s. Times have changed a little since then, but it’s still a bastion of men’s style. It is why for our first editorial feature in The Rake Travel Journal – our new monthly series we have sought the insight of rising menswear star, Kevis Manzi. A French resident for over 20 years, he is not only accomplished in multifarious menswear disciplines, but one of the most likable guys in the industry.

You were born in Kigali, Rwanda, but moved to Paris at a very young age. Please could you tell us how you ended up in the French capital?

We simply joined family there. It was a major change of scene. First of all, the language; we didn’t speak any French before, and then all the French culture. My mum always wanted us to fit into this new life without forgetting where we came from. And I am very grateful for that.

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Freddie Anderson

Published

March 2022

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