Monday, July 23, 2012

The Debut of Nelson Mandela's new Fashion Line

On Mandela Day a new fashion line was launched. The highly anticipated line is called 466-64 Fashion. 466-64 was Nelson Mandela's prison number.

According to Clutch "The latest collection is comprised of vibrant-hued pants, swingy printed dresses, gingham button-down shirts, and more. While the design philosophy is appealing enough, what’s most endearing about the collection is its commitment to Mandela’s legacy and South Africa as a whole. Sixty percent of the line is manufactured in South Africa, and approximately 9 percent of its sales are given to the 466/64 Foundation."

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Generally, prison doesn't inspire a line of ready-to-wear fashions. Company B's new label, 466/64, takes inspiration from the global paragon for peace and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela, who was prisoner 466 in 1964 on Robben Island in South Africa.

South African house music played while models worked the catwalk in the funky prints and styles of the new line at a launch party at the South African Consulate on East 38th Street. Wednesday was also Mr. Mandela's 94th birthday.
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