For Moncler, this is the first African collaboration with Cape Town-based start-up Mami Wata.
For Moncler, this is the first African collaboration with Cape Town-based start-up Mami Wata.

Moncler takes SA surf brand Mami Wata to Paris Fashion Week

By Lifestyle reporter Time of article published Mar 5, 2020

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Global luxury brand Moncler takes Cape Town surf brand to Paris Fashion Week. 

Italian luxury clothing brand Moncler announced at a party in Paris Fashion Week that they would like to collaborate with African Surf brand Mami Wata to be part of the 2 Moncler 1952 Genius  range. 

For Moncler, this is the first African collaboration with Cape Town based start-up Mami Wata, which has been operating for only two years. 

Launched in 2017, Mami Wata is a premium surf brand that designs and manufactures all of  its own range of apparel products in South Africa. 

Comprising of shorts, tees, sweats and  caps known for its mischievous patterns, the selected range is going to be sold in two  hundred Moncler stores globally, as well as in some of the world’s top department stores and  boutiques. 

The collaboration range features the Moncler logo, Mami Wata’s banana graphic  and signature surfing zebra graphic.

The new MonclerXMami Wata collection. 

“Moncler emailed us out of the blue. They saw the brand and liked the African surf story and  our quirky designs”, says Nick Dutton, CEO and co-founder.  

“The Moncler Genius project is  one of the hottest things in global fashion, so it’s humbling and also very exciting. Anything  that shines a light on African surf culture is good.“

Moncler designer Sergio Zambon says he likes to involve external players, engaging in rich creative  dialogues. He says the spirit of this collaboration is energetic and youthful. 

“The power of African surf culture is redefining the identity of global surf culture in its  entirety,” adds Sal Masekela, Mami Wata co-founder and son of legendary South African  musician Hugh Masekela. 

“Mami Wata being chosen by Moncler shows the brand is also a  fresh voice in global design and fashion culture. It’s a real honour to have been chosen to be  a part of Moncler Genius, it’s a global celebration of design, fashion and creativity”.

Sal Masekela, co-founder of Mami Wata. 

Moncler, headquartered in Milan, Italy, is one of the world’s leading luxury brands and their  celebrated Genius project is now in its third year of collaboration with top designers from  around the world. 

Since launching in 2018, Moncler’s Genius collaboration project has  become a juggernaut for the Italian outerwear company.

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