WE ARE: A new clothing brand with a mission to return Uganda‘s textile industry to the peak levels of the early 1970s, when more cotton was processed than exported.

RETURN TO SENDER is the first project series by BUZIGAHILL: We redesign second-hand clothes and redistribute them to the global North, where they were originally discarded before being shipped to Africa.

Beyond RETURN TO SENDER, BUZIGAHILL will collaborate on projects with visual artists, fashion designers, second-hand market vendors and artisanal workshops to add value to local supply chains and develop strong creative industries in Uganda.

PRODUCTION: At collection hubs in the global North, second-hand clothes are pressed into large bundles called bales and shipped to the global South in containers.  

 

 

Bales are imported by second-hand clothing businesses and distributed to market vendors and boutique owners. Each garment we upcycle is sourced from different importers in Kampala and as unique as each bale from which it is pulled. There is only one.  

 

 

RETURN TO SENDER is produced by a small team in Kampala: Stacy Asiimwe, Nelly Mudondo, Lilian Nabadda and Faith Katoko. Our interns are: Remmy Mwagale and Shamilah Costance.

 

FOUNDER: With BUZIGAHILL, Bobby Kolade returns to design after a two-year stint in the Ugandan cotton supply chain. 

 

Kolade was born in Sudan to Nigerian-German parents and grew up between Kampala and Lagos. He holds a masters in Fashion Design from the Academy of Arts Berlin Weissensee and has professional experience at Maison Margiela and Balenciaga in Paris.

 

BOBBY KOLADE womenswear (2013-2016) was launched with coats made of Ugandan bark cloth and won the Start Your Fashion Business Award in Berlin and the New Star Award at the Shenzhen Day Prize, awarded by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Kolade was a finalist at the Woolmark Prize in 2015.