Mak­ing an Im­print

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The se­cond an­nual SA Menswear Week re­turned to Cape Town this week to rep­re­sent a grow­ing mar­ket. There was a lot of talk about lo­cal la­bel Im­print, whose founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor Mzuk­isi Mbane cre­ated a col­lec­tion called Har­bour­ing Hope, which “was in­spired by one young woman who in­spired me to keep ‘har­bour­ing hope’ that my dreams to for­ever leave an im­pres­sion will come true with hard work and in­spired de­ter­mi­na­tion”.

This year he’s played with touches of African prints rather than us­ing them on whole gar­ments.

“I was all about break­ing and chal­leng­ing the rules of menswear with this col­lec­tion. One of the big­gest rules, which I have al­ways had a prob­lem with, is about fit. So I played around with over­siz­ing, par­tic­u­larly around the shoul­ders, while keep­ing tra­di­tional con­ven­tions of fit around the sleeves.”

Skirts were a sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture in the new range from Im­print.

“Yes, we are see­ing more men wear­ing skirts, but it’s still a big deal. It’s still not con­sid­ered nor­mal,” says Mbane. “So I took the A-line skirt and re­con­structed it. I even made a coat from the A-line skirt, and with skirts you can re­ally play around and make things ‘manly’ or con­fus­ing, which is great.”

The ac­ces­sories are an­other stand­out for the col­lec­tion.

“We are try­ing some­thing new with the bags, which are leather with a touch of kente cloth I bought when I at­tended Ghana Fash­ion Week last year.” Visit menswear­

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