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South Africa’s Mantsho Just Became the First African Brand to Collaborate with H&M

Palesa Mokubung describes her collaboration with H&M as her "love letter to the world from Africa."

H&M's collaboration with South Africa's Mantsho marks the first time the clothing retail giant collaborates with an African brand/designer. H&M has collaborated with French and Italian brands, Balmain and Moschino.


The H&M x Mantsho range includes women's accessories, clothes and shoes. The items use overtly (South) African patterns combined with western designs.

"Mantsho x H&M is an exciting collection celebrating the elegance and vibrancy of Africa with modern edgy designs created for the stylish carefree woman," said the two brands in a joint statement about the range which was launched on August 15.

"I hope customers around the world will enjoy this ensemble of my stand-out pieces from my last three collections," says Palesa Mokubung (38), the head of design at Mantsho about the range which she describes as her "love letter to the world from Africa."

Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M's Assortment Manager for Collaborations and Special Collections said about the range:

"Palesa's creativity with colour, print and silhouettes is inspiring as she celebrates the female form through her designs which complement the female shape in a flattering and playful way. We are so excited to share this collection with our customers across the globe,"

"Mantsho" means "Black is beautiful" in Sesotho, which is Mantsho's home language. She founded the label in 2004, and has gone on to showcase on runways in countries such as the US, Greece and India.

You can view and shop the whole range here.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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