The Imprint brand has become synonymous with the reinvention and reimagining of African
heritage in fashion. Designer Mzukisi Mbane’s commitment to telling the story of his ancestors
in a futuristic way was on display once again at this year’s Africa Fashion Week 2020.
His collection is called Inkomo Yabenguni (Inguni Cow) and was inspired by the importance of
the cow in the Nguni culture. Traditionally, the Nguni cow, with its variety of tones and shapes,
is symbolic of wealth and prosperity. As such it is used to celebrate every different life stage.
From two people falling in love and committing to making a life together, to the birth of a child or
the death of a loved one, the cow is offered up to mark the moment. For the community making
the sacrifice, this is not only a sign to those witnessing the occasion, but also a way to honor the
ancestors. It is a way to take stock of a life lived, to give thanks for what has been received and
what is to come and to mark history.
“As you saw the Nguni cow was incorporated in the traditional Imprint print throughout the
collection,” says Mbane who sees this collection as a nod not only to Nguni culture but also to
“My story begins with a single root, my mother, who inspires every single one of my collections.
With her at the forefront of my mind as I design each collection, my work speaks to the power of
a woman,” he says.
Mbane manages to translate this focus on the power of femininity to his entire collection. In both
the womenswear and menswear, notice the beautiful play on traditionally feminine elements of
tailoring and styling, along with the bold futuristic prints that have become a mark of the Imprint
His garments bring out the ethnicity and speaks about being bold and proud.
Thanks to the AFI Boutique you can shop the collection this festive for those loved ones who
inspire you the most.