AKJP was one of four African menswear design labels invited to show at Pitti Uomo menswear fashion event in Florence, Italy that this year put the spotlight on African designers.

AKJP Designers -Keith Henning & Jody Paulsen - Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen of AKJP (Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen) sent their A/W16 menswear collection down the runway as part of the Generation Africa show. The duo describes the collection as ‘comfortable ready-to-wear pieces with a lush and tropical finish, a nod to Durban beach culture.’

AKJP Finale Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

The designs are true to AKJP’s signature artful take on classic and utilitarian menswear and made use of layering, asymmetric detailing and impactful styling. Reworked prints inspired by a jungle landscape in muted pistachio and shades of blue and red dominated the range consisting of overcoats, culottes and overalls.

AKJP Look 04 Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni   AKJP Look 01 Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

They showed alongside Cape Town’s Lukhanyo Mdingi and Nicholas Coutts of Lukhanyo Mdingi X Nicholas Coutts and two labels by Nigerian-born designers, U.Mi-1 and Ikiré Jones in a show conceived to place the focus on ethical manufacturing and production with the support of the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

AKJP’s next show of their contemporary cool designs will be in Cape Town at South African Menswear Week on 3 February 2016.

AKJP Look 12 Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni   AKJP Look 11 Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

“We wanted to create a collection that had the spirit of the lush and tropical Durban landscape and looked at the idiosyncratic still life paintings of Georgina Gratrix, a painter from the city. We liked the idea of a humid tropical winter and experiencing two seasons in one day with its sunny days and chilly evenings. Sporty silhouettes that can be easily worn from day to night is key in this collection.”

AKJP Look 07 Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni     AKJP Look 05 Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

“The dungarees are a first for us. The wool appliquéd coats were fun to make as we used different fabrics to make one panel – we ended up calling it a patchwork jacket. This entire collection is about detail. The jacquard pieces, for instance, are testimony to this as we have been trying to weave our own fabrics for a long time. It made working on this collection very satisfying. The printed and jacquard fabrics were designed in-house. The rest of the fabrics –cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, mohair, linen and twill – are all natural.”

AKJP (Look 06) Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

We at SMS cannot wait to see the collection at SAMW AW’16,

Source: Jenna McArthur PR
Generation Africa © Giovanni Giannoni

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