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Kumkani Bespoke’s African Warrior Inspired Collection
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The hottest event on the fashion calendar, South African Fashion Week, took over the Sandton City rooftop earlier in April. The event had a special showcase for upcoming menswear fashion designers powered by Mini Cooper and GQ Magazine. The designer who won the judges hearts this year was Sandile Mlambo of Kumkani Bespoke.

(Credit: Eunice Driver, Eunice Driver Photography)

“Headed by an award-winning, Milan-trained, designer, this premium, custom-tailored suit collection, is designed for the African man who has a taste for the finer things in life. Made from 100 % natural fibers, KUMKANI BESPOKE promises- great fit, unquestionable comfort and long-lasting quality. KUMKANI BESPOKE stands steadfast as a protest, a campaign and an act of activism through cloth, motivating the African Child to reclaim his roots, projecting the exceptionally, well-dressed gentleman. The stamp of excellence shows itself in the intricate attention to detail and perfect fit, that means every suit and/or garment looks like it was carved onto a client’s frame.”


(Credit: Eunice Driver, Eunice Driver Photography)

The runway came alive in “African Warrior” inspired cloths with cuts that had everyone nodding in approval. While paying homage to the African roots and patterns, the cuts and overall design also left one gasping for air. The outfits were a combination of the traditional men’s wear as known to the everyday yet incorporating modernity and a bit of fashion forwardness for that edginess.

(Credit: Eunice Driver, Eunice Driver Photography)

(Credit: Eunice Driver, Eunice Driver Photography)

The showcase proved the fast pace menswear is evolving. It also gave light to the journey menswear at fashion week comes from to where it is now. Personally, menswear collections were the most exciting to watch due to it’s significant improvement and the risks the designers choose to take. Kumkani Bespoke is a testament to that.

(Credit: Eunice Driver, Eunice Driver Photography)

(Credit: Eunice Driver, Eunice Driver Photography)

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