Jerry Folly-Kossi, CEO & Co-Founder
The Grandson of Kwame Nkrumah’s* personal tailor, Jerry is a true citizen of the world! Born in France from Togolese parents, he spent most of his childhood in the Ivory Coast where he attended High School. He then moved to California, US, where he obtained a B.A in Business Economics and Political Science from U.C.L.A as well as an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management-Pepperdine University.
Before he decided to partner up with Khan Kanga and launch Swell Attitude, Jerry worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies in the field of Investment Banking, Consulting and Accounting.
He is a huge sports aficionado and an avid soccer and basketball player as a well an accomplished martial artist. His hobbies also include writing, reading and politics. Polyglot, he speaks 4 languages and makes a religion out of travelling. Indeed, over 30 countries visited so far and still counting…)
“Kwame Nkrumah (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1952 to 1966. He was the first President of Ghana and the first Prime Minister of Ghana. An influential 20th century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963.”
Khan Kanga, Creative Director and Co-Founder
Upon returning to France, he became more and more aware of the Parisian sense of style and was particularly inspired by the distinctive “bourgeois bohemian” flair of the Gentlemen dwelling in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
Later, a stay in London would definitely establish his passion with men clothing: from the timeless British elegance of Savile Row’s tailors to the daring and colorful flamboyance on the left Bank of the Thames, the Metropolis’ unique mix of styles was for him not only a true pleasure for the eyes but also the definition of his very own style.
Khan holds a European MBA from Paris Graduate School of Management with a specialization in Luxury Brand Management.
Since 2006, he settled in San Francisco and has been successfully working in Event planning, Marketing and Promotion, representing several high-end brands.
Very social and often referred by his friends as “The unofficial Mayor of San Francisco”, Khan regularly attends several fashion and social events in the city and confesses a weakness for cigars and fine single malt Scotch whisky.
Passionate about photography, he showcased his work in several local exhibitions/events and defined his work as “a humble attempt to capture the magical of the instant”.