South African luxury accessories brand OKAPI has collaborated with two of South Africa’s most prominent artists – famed knitwear designer MAXHOSA BY LADUMA and influential South African hip hop artist RIKY RICK on its first unisex accessories collection.
collaboration brings together fashion and the world of music, combining the
refined craftsmanship of OKAPI’s signature designs whilst taking inspiration
from RIKY RICK’s fashion-forward and artistic sensibility and the Xhosa
inspired aesthetic of MAXHOSA BY LADUMA.
collection features a range of cross body bags, pouches, and belts made out of
ostrich leathers in shades of red, green, beige and black, all tanned by highly
skilled local artisans in the Western Cape. Exotic skins have been selected for
this collection to reflect the brand’s essence of meeting exceptionality and
authenticity, with sustainability and little waste.
shared collaboration has developed from the trios’ mutual philosophy of
showcasing the best of what Africa has to offer. Speaking on the collaboration
Riky Rick says he hopes that by merging fashion and music it will expand the
worlds view on South African art and culture. This ethos is shared with OKAPI
founder and creator Hanneli Rupert who says ‘the ethos behind OKAPI is showcase
beautifully and ethically made products whilst at the same time creating
sustainable jobs on the African continent’.
collaborative collection will exclusively launch on October 3rd during Frieze
Art Week at an exclusive launch party where Riky Ricks new music video
featuring the designs will have its premiere unveiling