Paledi Segapo, Founder and Creative Director of fashion power house ‘Palse’, is set to be honoured at this year’s Men’s Fashion Week Nigeria MAN Awards, receiving the night’s highest honour the “Special Fashion Achievement Award”. The MAN Awards recognize the outstanding work of gentlemen that have distinguished themselves through artistic and organizational impetus and shaping Africa’s fashion industry.
Commenting on his award Segapo says – “When I received a call from MFWN organisers I was left completely blown away on finding out I’ll be presented with their highest honour of the night. It honestly leaves me feeling ecstatic and very grateful that my work is acknowledged not only in South Africa but also in the continent.”
Not only being honored Segapo will also be showcasing for the second time at MFWN, but is no stranger to the Nigerian market having showcased at numerous other events before.
The renowned designer will be showcasing his new collection themed “I am An African” which he recently showcased in London in August this year, inspired by the 1996 speech of former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
With 2017 having already been a magnificent year for the designer, he is also due to showcase his new winter collection at SA Fashion Week 2017 in October, Windhoek Fashion Week in November and lastly Swahili Fashion Week (Tanzania) in December.
Highlighting his best experiences over the years – “Being part of the face that’s changing the local fashion landscape, having established the Business Management of Fashion Seminar and most importantly working with my award winning brand ambassador – Donald. No one can ever imagine the magnitude of experience I’ve acquired that continues to make strive be the best creative yet.”
Undoubtedly one of the most respected designers in SA and Africa as a whole, Segapo has much to say about the local fashion industry.
“The fashion industry is very precarious and ephemeral. In SA our industry is unlike the European and American brands which have enormous investment muscle behind them or under holding companies, e.g Loius Vuitton, Dior are under the LVMH group. Our brands are run and owned solely by the designers. As you can imagine, cash flow is the determining factor to stay afloat. Taking into cognisance we don’t showcase for free at fashion week events, there’s a huge cost factor involved. In short, it’s survival of the fittest.”
“My advice for upcoming designers – Don’t be in a hurry to start your own fashion label. Intern, learn from the best positioned in the game. Overnight sensations yield short term results,” he continues.
Segapo currently headlines the CAT Footwear national campaign and is a weekly fashion columnist for the Sunday Sun newspaper.
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