- South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi has been trending online after a Tsonga skirt that forms part of his latest collection garnered attention
- The skirt is a traditional garment known as a 'xibelani' and the one from Mnisi's brand is retailing for R59 999
- Internet users immediately commented with their thoughts and the reactions ranged from shock to excitement
Rich Mnisi, a South African designer making waves on the international fashion scene, has been trending online because of a piece in his new collection.
The garment is a Tsonga skirt called a 'xibelani' and traditionally worn for dance performances. Many might recognise the skirt as the style is a favourite of Sho Madjozi's for when she performs.
The 'xibelani' that forms part of Rich Mnisi's collection is retailing for R59 999 which is what got the designer trending on social media.
The skirt is part of the luxury designer's Hiya Kaya collection and Mnisi paired it with a blouse that complements the colour scheme.
Social media users had mixed reactions to the price of the skirt. Some could not quite believe that the price tag was almost R60 000 when they were used to purchasing the garments for much less:
@hlali_xz: "I love Rich Mnisi but a Xibelani for 60k no ways"
Some other commenters were of the opinion that the skirt was well-priced because of its target market of people who purchase from luxury brands:
@naledimashishi: "I have no skin in the Rich Mnisi chat but I had to laugh when I saw someone argue everyone is hating because he’s Tsonga and it’s not his fault we’re all poor"
@TiyiBevhula: "If you find Rich Mnisi' products to be expensive, it means you are not the target market. He knows why his Xibelani skirt cost that much. Simple."
@justjusticeplz: "Tsonga style lol for R60000 Yoh ay I could just go to Limpompo straight lol joking, I love Mnisi’s work. He knows his target market"
There was some debate around cultural appropriation since the skirt is a traditional garment in the Tsonga culture, but many decided that since Mnisi is Tsonga himself that it was preferable for him to respectfully profit from the garment rather than a Western designer.
It was also added that the price tag was justified because fashion houses like Gucci and Louis Vuitton charge similar numbers for their designs:
@BiyelaBrian26: "But LV and Gucci do exactly what Rich Mnisi is doing"
@MadVee_98: "I would rather see Rich Mnisi sell the Xibelani for R60K than see the likes of Gucci, LV do it"
@Thabo_Maubane: "With such an outcry about the cost of Rich Mnisi’s Xibelane, I must commend him for understanding his value and also placing value on a garment that is very iconic in Africa before another Western designer did the same. We need to know our value as Africans."
Commenters also mentioned that they couldn't wait to see the expensive garment being worn by Sho Madjozi or Rich Mnisi's close friend Boity Thulo:
@RichRakgadi: "That xibelani is for Sho Madjozi, she's one of the few people who can afford it and rock it. Iyaaa"
@geezybeatz145: "Can't wait to see Boity on that Rich Mnisi 60K xibelani"
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported on Cassper Nyovest getting some Rich Mnisi merchandise and supporting local goods.
Cassper Nyovest recently took to social media to show off his lekker and local garments. The rapper was draped in Rich Mnisi and Drip footwear. Taking to Instagram, he showed off his look along with the caption: “Proudly South African."
Social media users were impressed that he supported South African brands so proudly.
Instagram user mashigotsholofelo6 said:
"Stand up South Africa! I love your hard work Mr. Thanks for being South African."
"Man you're living good."
In previous Rich Mnisi-related news, Briefly.co.za reported on when Boity Thulo took to Instagram to wish her fashion designer friend and "husband" Rich Mnisi a happy birthday. The star posted a series of cute snaps on social media of herself and Mnisi and added a heartfelt caption that expressed her appreciation for him and how lucky she was to have a friend as close as a husband or partner.
Online users immediately took to the comments section to have their chance at wishing the famous fashion designer a happy birthday as well as tell him and Boity how well they do #friendshipgoals.
Boity's caption read:
"It’s my husband’s birthday today!! One of the kindest beings I’ve ever known. Incredibly talented. An Icon! Thoughtful. Beautiful. Loving. And I get to call him my bestie! I’m so blessed to know you! I hope today is filled with gentle reminders of just how loved you are!"
The personality continued by sending her friend birthday love and being grateful to have him in her life:
"Thank you for being so effortlessly you which makes it even easier to fall in love with your gorgeous heart! May all your dreams come true lover! Can’t wait to celebrate you on Thursday!! @therichmnisi I love you!!"
Fans also added their well-wishes to the comments:
nubian_princess_khocy: "You look good together ...@therichmnisi happy birthday"
lekgowethipe: "A blessed birthday to Richy Rich"
keletso_thee_gal: "Happpyyyy birthday to the one of the luckiest guy in the world to have a beautiful and lovely wife"
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