MENSWEAR DESIGNER LONDON
My name is Mapalo Simon and my brand Studio Mapalo was created to tell the visual narrative of how my childhood in Zambia and living in Yorkshire and London have collided. I wanted this to be at the core of my brand because I wanted to integrate African style into western culture as well as provide an Insight into how cultures could be visually integrated.
Apex is a two look capsule collection with interchangeable garments that form both contrasting and matching two pieces. Look one features a multi-pocket flight jacket and matching cargo pocket track pants made from deadstock corduroy taken from factory offcuts. Look two features a denim and cheetah jacquard blend flight jacket with mesh vents and zips, with a pair of matching, biker style, jacquard and corduroy blend track pants. The collection was inspired by animals that I had seen whilst in a safari park in Zambia, and aims to repurpose the print and textures of these animals through sleek yet provocative menswear looks. photography @jamilahardy, model @hb.savvy