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Comme des Garcons, Versace, Balmain ... and now Mantsho


Comme des Garcons, Versace, Balmain ... and now Mantsho

Palesa Mokubung’s Mantsho will partner with H&M in its latest collaboration with a luxury fashion label

Zola Zingithwa

SA designer Palesa Mokubung has scooped a coveted collaboration between Swedish retailer H&M and her fashion label, Mantsho. Meaning “black is beautiful” in Sesotho, Mantsho was established in 2004 and was already showing on the international stage, but this collaboration  will make it available to a wider global audience.
The collection will be launched on August 15. Mantsho designs will be sold in all 26 H&M stores in SA as well as in 61 flagship stores in Europe, Latin America and the US. The collection will also be available online. Mantsho is known for vibrant fabrics, and bold and edgy designs with distinct silhouettes and structures. The H&M collection will feature winning styles from Mantsho’s last three collections.
The late Karl Lagerfeld was the first luxury designer to collaborate with the retailer in 2004, according to Harper’s Bazaar. H&M’s collaborations with the likes of Comme des Garcons, Versace and Balmain aim to attract less affluent buyers by making luxury fashion more affordable. Prices for Mantsho designs will range from R599 to R1,500.
Mokubung is the first SA designer to collaborate with H&M. 
“I do retail really well in SA, but never did I think I would go from one store to being available globally and nationwide. It means the world, literally,”  she said.

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