H&M’s first African designer label collaboration with Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung is finally here

An item from the Mantsho x H&M collection
An item from the Mantsho x H&M collection

This anticipated collaboration with the Mantsho label is set to launch on 15 August 2019 in South African stores, all online sites as well as exclusive flagship stores around the world including selected flagship stores in the U.S., the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico and Chile, among others. 

According to the retailer, the Mantsho x H&M is a collection that celebrates “the elegance and vibrancy of Africa with modern edgy designs created for the stylish carefree woman”. 

The range features flowy, easy fitting cuts, frills and folds in a range of colours including blues, browns and blacks, to hues of pink and amber reds. 

In addition to apparel this collection features “Afrocentric fashionable accessories” such as shoes, earrings and a clutch. 

This is my love letter to the world from Africa
Palesa Mokubung, Mantsho’s head of design

The Mantsho x H&M will be available from 8am on 15 August 2019 in Sandton City, V&A Waterfront, Mall of Africa, Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

South African fashion label, Mantsho, joins Moschino, Balmain and Versace as the latest brand to collaborate with H&M. Mantsho is the first African fashion label to collaborate with the Swedish retail giant.

Mantsho is known for its statement designs including bold prints and elaborate silhouettes. H&M says the label’s “vibrant fabrics, bold and edgy designs” will introduce “fresh, fun and uniquely South African aesthetic” to H&M.

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Palesa Mokubung, the founder and designer at Mantsho, announced her excitement to be collaborating with H&M.

Pernilla Wohlfahrt, assortment manager for collaborations and special collections at H&M, says: "Palesa is such an inspiring talent and personality. We love how she works with colour, print and silhouettes enhancing the female shape in a flattering and playful way.”

“At the core of my inspiration it’s always a woman, a type of woman. So that’s what this collaboration is about women, women, women. But I put a lot of thought into textiles and fabrics because that is what I’m known for, I transformed fabric and I created my own prints to form these looks for this kind of woman,” says Palesa.

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She adds: “The inspiration is the woman but this woman informs everything else. She informs the kind of styles that I chose, the fabrics that I chose and I’ve dressed some of the leading ladies in South Africa – your Thandiswa Mazwai, Simpiwe Dana, Nomzamo Mbatha, Minnie Dlamini, everybody, you name it. She confident, she smart, she’s classy, she’s a go-getter, she’s a ground-breaker, she is inspiring, a modern African woman.

The collection promises a combination of vibrant and neutral colours for 14 looks and 10 accessories. Have a look at some of the items in the collection here:

Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M
Mantsho x H&M

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Palesa says she is honoured to be selected in collaborating with H&M. “It means for the first time one of our own is going to be [on] a platform to show the world what we can do with support from a huge machine, a giant such as H&M – so it is the perfect collaboration.

“We’ve had people in the past who come in and just take from Africa and tell the story as if it’s theirs. For H&M to ask me to do that on behalf of all of us is such an honour, honestly.”

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