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Style With Mantopia: African Print Wear, Reasons You Should Rock It Make It Your Identity

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PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCK…
Your African print.

It’s Friday! Breathe a sweet sigh of relief and project your unique Ghanaian identity through the extensive use of local fabric and designs as business wear. If you’re asking someone for money, wear a tie. If you’re giving out money be in a shirt made by Woodin, GTP, ATL or any local company that deals in African prints and textiles. Let it be the perfect soundtrack of your simple/complex life’s music show.

African prints are very comfortable clothing and the designs and patterns on them make statements that complement your figure, so make sure it fits perfectly – not too big, not too small. Indulge in a bit of colour to stand out wherever you go. According to menswear designer Oliver Spencer, “Most men are unjustly scared of it – they’re intimidated by anything that isn’t navy or grey.” But colour can be timeless too. But he adds that, when it comes to colour, less is still more: “You just need a bit of it, in one garment.” Pinks, greens, mustard and brighter shades of blue are especially versatile year-round shades that will lift your entire outfit. When it comes to accessories, be careful hoe you use them. It is best to harmonize them with what you’re wearing or in some cases, juxtapose them entirely. And don’t overdo the accessories either – if in doubt, think less is more and take one element away.

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There are few things less stylish than a man dressed as he thinks he should dress rather than in what he genuinely feels suits who he is. There are caveats to that, of course: there are no prizes for dressing like a rodeo clown unless indeed you are one. But whatever you’re wearing, you have to own it. Genuine style icons are those who go their own way with a self-confidence that comes from their clothes being a second skin, not a costume. In the images below, I wore a pair of low-top sneakers for an ensemble that’s worthy of a modern-style conscious gentleman and effortlessly sleek.

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Patronising African prints also boosts the economy of Ghana. So, you’re not only looking good but also contributing to the economy of the country, yes! So, rock your African print today and walk through the park, the streets, your workplace and life, with the confidence of a straight white man.

For God, yourself, and country.

 

Source: Nii Laate (Mantopia)

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Naomi Osaka made global brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton

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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has a new title and it includes working with a luxury fashion house. Louis Vuitton announced that the Grand Slam champion will join the label as its latest Global Ambassador.

This comes after the fashion industry underwent a tumultuous year in 2020. As a result of the pandemic, many canceled collections, digital fashion weeks, and unpredictable trends left up to debate the future of luxury goods.

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As the brand preps for 2021 and the collections to come, Osaka will be one more addition that brings great value to Louis Vuitton. ” Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion; and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton,” Osaka exclaimed in a statement to ESSENCE.

Osaka will make her debut as the latest ambassador in the Spring-Summer 2021 fashion campaign photographed by Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, Nicolas Ghesquière. “It is such an honor to work with Nicolas – he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me,” she said.

This is not the first time Naomi has collaborated with a fashion house; last September Osaka partnered with ADEAM to release a Japanese-Inspired Collection.

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