Rich Mnisi

RICH MNISI is a South African based contemporary multi-disciplinary brand founded in 2015 by Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year 2014, Rich Mnisi.

With a global view, the brand is young at heart and explores the treasures engraved within Africa and the world of modern culture and heritage to tell the unique stories of then, now and soon. All this packaged in extremist yet minimalist structures which take design and craftsmanship as the first and foremost motivation.

In a distorted world of nostalgia, the dreamy hair comb print on organza and matching crepe used in their Spring/Summer 2018 look featured in our exhibition, 21 YEARS reminds us of tender and intimate moments.

The brand is carved to maintain a contemporary outlook and stand firm in an aesthetic that brings worlds of artistic imagination together. RICH MNISI breeds new layers and visions inspired by sources outside of the realm of fashion, including film, music, art and nature, being immersed but measured, picking up only the fitting notes to gather as a foundation.

Mnisi states: “I grew up with all these incredible family stories about my great-grandmother and the woman she was and, although I never knew her, the stories about her and my understanding of who she was, can be found in my clothing”.Mnisi is keenly interested in the world of pop culture too and draws much inspiration from contemporary film, music and art. His signature is best understood as a perfectly balanced blend of traditional African heritage and nostalgia shot through with contemporary culture

RICH MNISI has grabbed the attention of both local and international media, appearing in the editorial pages of Marie Claire, ELLE, Financial Times, Vogue China, Vogue Russia, Bella Nigeria, Business Class, GQ, Chasseur, Dazed and Confused, Mail and Guardian, House and Leisure, Fashion Glossary UK, Fucking Young, True Africa, Dossier, i-D Vice, GQ Style, Hunger, Vogue Italia, High Snobiety, L’official Manila, Sicky, WGSN, BBC, WWD,  Sunday Times and more.

RICH MNISI is featured in Zeitz MOCAA’s exhibition, 21 YEARS:  Making Histories with South African Fashion Week (2018 – 2019).