2019 started off on a great note, and the first half of the year has revealed some amazing collaborations between various creatives and brands. Here we take a look at some of our favourite collaborations thus far:
Muzi x DEAD
A few months ago, we saw artist/producer Muzi and DEAD come together to create exceptional and well curated merchandise for his ‘Stimela SeGolide’ EP which was released back in May.
The EP has quite an interesting meaning to it as it explores the vital memory of employee migration during Apartheid and was heavily inspired by Mam’ Busi Mhlongo – the title and subject matter also pays homage to Bab’ Hugh Masekela’s STIMELA. The ‘Stimela SeGolide’ EP has a total of four tracks and carries one feature from Mnqobi Yazo.
Wanda Lephoto x Crocs
Crocs were recently re-designed and given a new look, stepping away from the common phrases used to describe the shoes around the world. In May 2019, CROCSXWANDA was launched; this was a result of the collaboration between the well-known brand and designer Wanda Lephoto.
Wanda draws inspiration from traditional cultural practices and modern subculture style, and intends to combine stories through integrating cultural hybrids to communicate rarely explored contexts, impacting the future of creative story-telling.
Adidas x Shekinah
Adidas, Shekinah and DJ Lag came together to launch one of their latest collection of sneakers, the Nite Jogger – a reflective sneaker designed for the night time creator. The sneakers appeared in the iconic duo’s vibrant music video for their single titled ‘Anywhere We Go’, directed by Kyle Lewis.
If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch it on YouTube.
Nicholas Hlobo x Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton invited six artists – one of which was South African designer Nicholas Hlobo, to reimagine its Cappucines Handbag. Nicholas x Louis Vuitton’s limited edition bag echoes the brand’s monogram canvas through a flower growing organically from the interior of the bag.
Mantsho x H&M
H&M has collaborated with a number of big name designers and brands in the past, but this is the first time the brand has collaborated with an African designer, so this had to form part of our list.
Mantsho is a South African clothing label founded by Palesa Mokubung in 2004 and is the first African designer to collaborate with well-known retail brand, H&M. The brand created a women’s wear collection and accessories that will introduce a fresh, fun and unique South African aesthetic.
The collection will be available in H&M stores around the world from mid-August 2019.
Themba Mbuyisa x Infinite Pieces
Photographer Themba Mbuyisa photographed the new collection of contemporary jewellery and accessory brand ‘Infinite Pieces’.
Ri.ch Factory, Maxhosa & Sindiso Khumalo x Vodacom Red
The three designers, with different styles of design, came together to create exciting looks for this year’s Durban July. This year’s theme, ‘Once Upon an African Future’, explored futuristic fashion and expresses the meaning behind being African. Each of the designers created ten different looks that represented their idea of the theme.
16 SA Artists x ORMS
A couple of weeks ago, professional printing and framing studio ORMS launched their limited edition range of wallpapers. In order for them to create their range of wallpapers, the studio partnered with 16 South African artists.
Head of Décor Printing at ORMS, Leah Barling shared that the inspiration behind the brand’s move into the world of décor came from the many requests they received from their customers for custom-printed wallpaper designs.
Sindiso Nyoni x Hennessy
In march 2018, Hennessy launched the second instalment of its distinctive brand campaign ‘Never Stop. Never Settle – by focusing on pioneers who are making the creativity of Africa shine. The impact of African culture on global trends has has grown exponentially in the recent years, influencing everything from runways to radio ways.
Graphic designer, Sindiso Nyoni expressed that he partnered with the brand because the campaign echoed his narrative of an artist, activist and entrepreneur.