EXCLUSIVE: Rich Mnisi chats career, the future, and the LGBTIQA+ community

EXCLUSIVE: Rich Mnisi chats career, the future, and the LGBTIQA+ community

He is known for being "The most beautiful man in South Africa" or as Bonang Matheba once framed him, "Rich ma-2million Mnisi". One thing is certain, though - Rich Mnisi is a fashion maverick! 

Rich Mnisi

His African luxury designs are worn by local and international celebrities and high-income earners. 

READ: Rich Mnisi rated one of the best brands in South Africa!

In less than six years in the industry, Rich Mnisi has established himself and his business, becoming a household name. He recently shared his journey at the Nedbank YouthX engagement platform, sharing the strides he has made in the fashion industry and with his brand from his start in September 2015. 

READ: Durban fashion designer, Sipho Mbuto, partners with Pick n Pay clothing

Mnisi's high-end brand is often compared to, by many South Africans, brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, mainly because of its quality and most definitely because of the price tag the merchandise comes with. 

This has often caused many to critique Mnisi's business model. 

This does not seem to deter Mnisi. He understands that his product may not be accessible for all in terms of pricing, but he also knows that there is a market for what he does, which he caters for. 

Stacey had the chance to catch up with Rich on the back end of Pride Month and Rich's collaboration with Adidas.

The Adidas Pride collection seeks to honour the LGBTQ+ community. Two South African designers were earmarked to partner with Adidas, one of which was Mnisi. 

See some of the collection designs below: 

So beautiful! 

from Excited GIFs via Gfycat

There is so much more to Rich Mnisi then beautiful clothes and you can hear it here in his interview with Stacey Norman.

The two chat about everything (clothes included), but also really important matters such as the rise of LGBTIQA+ killings and how you and I can be allies for this community.

Listen below: 

Stacey and J Sbu podcasts
East Coast Radio

Main image courtesy of Rich Mnisi

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