Making an Imprint
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 menswearweek.co.za
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