Mnisi’s wavey pa­per

CityPress - - Trending - GAR­RETH VAN NIEK­ERK gar­reth.van­niek­erk@city­

For the next three weeks, City Press, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with, will be bring­ing some style to your hol­i­days with a free and ex­tremely fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of de­signer wrap­ping pa­per, in­serted into each City Press for you to col­lect and use. The first of the de­sign­ers is Joburg-based Rich Mnisi, who has had a wildly suc­cess­ful year, par­tic­u­larly with his Spring/Sum­mer 16 Spree col­lec­tion.

Speak­ing to City Press this week, the 25-year-old de­signer says the print – a ma­roon, navy and white se­ries of thick, flow­ing, over­lap­ping lines – con­tin­ues the theme of his Spree col­lec­tion.

“That col­lec­tion was re­ally based on the el­e­ments of strength I’ve been ex­plor­ing and what it means to be strong. At first I used an African gi­raffe to rep­re­sent strength and grace, then it started tak­ing form as hair and then started mak­ing it­self into shapes, a wavey vibe, us­ing strong, prom­i­nent colours to con­tinue that idea of strength and grace.”

But, he says, the ab­stract lines mean the col­lec­tion be­comes what you want it to be, in­stead of what the de­signer in­tends it to mean. “I al­ways try to make sure that I’m giv­ing peo­ple the free­dom to tell the story them­selves, leav­ing the de­sign up to their in­ter­pre­ta­tion.”

His Christ­mas, Mnisi says, is fairly tra­di­tional. “We start cook­ing the day be­fore. The next morn­ing, we go to church, come back to fin­ish off the cook­ing and then sleep, and ev­ery year I make the desserts.”

What would he like for Christ­mas this year? “That’s the hard­est ques­tion I’ve ever been asked,” he says, laugh­ing. “Part of me wants love, peace and pros­per­ity, but the other part of me is like, I want all the things. But es­sen­tially, I would re­ally love a great pair of jeans, and a white shirt, or five.”

Mnisi’s lim­ited edi­tion col­lec­tion is still avail­able at, so head there to buy some of his looks.

Who’s up next for our wrap­ping pa­per col­lec­tion? None other than the epony­mous Craig Na­tive, so don’t miss it.


STRENGTH AND GRACE Ab­stract lines can mean some­thing dif­fer­ent to each per­son who sees them


YOUNG GUN Rich Mnisi de­signed the first Spree and City Press hol­i­day wrap­ping pa­per

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