In anticipation of the launch of the Mantsho x H&M collaboration on August 15th, H&M and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha hosted an intimate event for media, influencers, and friends of the brand to preview the new collection at its headquarters in New York City.
Nomzamo Mbatha, Goodwill Ambassador, actress, native South African, and friend to designer Palesa Mokubung, the creative genius behind Mantsho, welcomed guests into a world that echoed the distinct flavors of Africa. Guests enjoyed getting a first-hand look at the new collection while enjoying South African inspired hors d’ouevres and wine from the first black female wine maker in South Africa, Nsiki Biyela.
Mantsho x H&M is an exciting collaboration celebrating 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 gathers in a range of colors from blues, browns to blacks, hues of pink, and amber reds. Afrocentric fashionable accessories, including shoes, earrings, and a clutch bag, complete the versatile collection.
“This is my love letter to the world from Africa,” says Mantsho’s head of design, Palesa Mokubung. “I hope customers around the world will enjoy this ensemble of my stand-out pieces from my last three collections.”
“Palesa’s creativity with color, 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,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Assortment Manager for Collaborations and Special Collections.
The Mantsho label, meaning “black is beautiful” in Mokubung’s native Sesotho language, was established in 2004 and has since graced runways in the U.S., Greece, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Botswana, and Senegal.
The collection will be available in the select U.S stores around the country, and online at hm.com beginning August 15th.
Here is a look at the campaign: