Clothing brand inspired by Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela has long been praised for his humanitarian efforts, but now he is being recognized for his fashion sense. BET reports a Nelson Mandela-inspired clothing line that bears the number of his Robben Island prison cell will soon be available in the States. The collection went public last year, but was only available in Africa until now.
The Huffington Post reports the creators of 46664 have struck a deal with the Dallas-based Company B US Inc., with the collection set to hit stores in both the United States and Canada on July 18 - Mandela's 94th birthday.
Aaron Patton, the chief executive officer of Company B, recently told WWD that the designers have created a line that represents the bold colors of Africa in a fashion-forward way that works well in today's hip hop clothes market.
"The designers are very much in tune to the vibrant nature of South Africa, whether it’s bright colors or a shweshwe print," Patton told the publication, according The Huffington Post.
According to 46664's official website, the creators made the clothing line to "reflect the energy, diversity, quirkiness and youthful spirit of the continent [Africa]." Part of the profit from clothing sales goes directly to helping to keep Mandela's charities in Africa running, while promoting his "humanitarian legacy."
The collection offers a wide range of colors, patterns and fabrics for men, women and children. From brightly-colored men's polos to chic and bold long-sleeved shirts, this collection is a breath of fresh air and clothing that people can be proud to wear.
The Huffington Post reports the collection will be available at major retail stores across the country, as well as on the company's official website.