South African designers are doing the most internationally, and it’s beautiful to see. Tennis player Elena Rybakina supported Rich Mnisi by wearing the new Rich Mnisi x Adidas Tennis Primeknit Dress in her match against Varvara Gracheva at the St. Petersburg Open.
The skirt she wore is part of the recently launched collection that the Joburg-based designer did with Adidas.
“I am immensely proud to present this collection in collaboration with Adidas, an iconic brand that I grew up seeing on People of Color that were rewriting the arts. It has been a pleasure to bring my designs to classic pieces. We have created a bright, unique collection that reflects my love for the idea of community and heritage, individuality, and self-expression. Our aim was to create pieces that support life on and off the sports field,” said Mnisi.
Inspired by the designer’s Tsonga culture, the collection celebrates the African heritage.
“Environment was an important aspect when looking at methods and materials used in the creation process. I am so pleased we’ve used Adidas’ advanced technology and partly recycled materials,” adds Mnisi.