Words by: Luqman Skink
From his studio in Maboneng, Johannesburg Spook Lenzo has successfully re-vamped an old Mzansi classic.
The viscose shirt that achieved iconic status in the mid to late 90’s is back. Remarkably though, it is finding resonance with today’s cool kids born in the same era!
The Shelela edition hearkens back to the days when viscose ruled. A light, breezy fabric that works in just about any colour and design, it became a fashion staple of that era. Because everybody loves a good throwback, especially those still trapped in the 90’s (the best period to be alive anyway), the Shelela edition hits a nerve we all can relate to
“When we created the Shelela range, we wanted to capture the essence of the early nineties. It was a time of great excitement for South Africa and the SADC region as a whole. The ANC was unbanned and freedom was to be tasted in our lifetime. The fashion of those days reflected that too. A burst of optimism and a tapestry of colour. Today, we are facing similar energies. We borrowed the optimism of that era and managed to create what I believe is a new, versatile and dope range”
The father of a new movement called African Street Gear, Spook Lenzo is charting his own path with exciting new designs for the urban youth. By using summer friendly fabrics with a combination of silk, viscose and linen, the Shelela edition is both comfortable and stylish.
The shirts are available in different prints from monochrome, African, and Batik print. In both short and long sleeve. Two collars are used; afro Chinese collar and an English collar.
CREDITS: SPOOK GEAR DOUBLE TROUBLESHOOT
Location: Maboneng Precinct, Jozi
Creative director: Tumelo
Stylist: Spook Lenzo