Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman:
Shaldon Kopman started his menswear brand, Naked Ape, in 2005. Focussing on menswear, footwear, and accessories, the brand is a culmination of Shaldon’s need for expertly tailored garments, blended with a strong, urban aesthetic for the suit and street-savvy individual. Naked Ape’s conscientious approach to fashion dictates the use of ecological and economical fabrics, incorporating natural fibres and blends that predominantly comprise of cotton, wool, linen, hemp, bamboo, silk, and leather. The design house continuously takes into consideration environmental and social matters, considering the brands impact during every point of the design process.
Cameroonian-born third generation-trained fashion designer, Fabrice Moyo, launched the Franc Elis brand in 2003. Known for its sophisticated, well-tailored garments and its shirting. ‘I am inspired by the dress code of the European elite coloniser in Francophone Africa at the beginning of the 20th century. My signature explores how this dress code influenced African fashion – essentially the impact of colonialization on our sartorial heritage,’
Menswear label Ephymol, launched and debuted its first collection at SA Fashion Week 2002, and has since become a much-anticipated highlight of subsequent seasons. Soweto-born Ephraim Molingoana, the brand is known for its bold, masculine tailoring and uniquely timeless signature.