The third South African Menswear Week (SAMW16) just took place from the 3rd to 6th February, at the Cape Town stadium. The event featured designers not only from South Africa, but also from six additional African countries to wit Nigeria, Angola, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

When the initiative was started, there were questions whether a South African menswear Week would be sustainable. The event has actually gone from strength to strength, with media from more than a dozen countries wanting to attend and support the platform.

Ryan Beswick, co-founder of SAMW says they were “…flooded with applications, but only the best make it through the 12 member curation panel, and even then, we only have space to accommodate the 35 best who topped all criteria.” Truly a showcase of African excellence then.

Here are images from some of the shows courtesy of SDR Photo.

Abrantie The Gentleman


Black Dog


Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha


Jagadi Man

Jenevieve Lyons

Martin Kadinda

Mdingi Coutts

Mo’ko Elosa

Merwe Mode

Nao Serati

Orange Culture



Taf the Taylor

Young and Lazy

And finally,EGAFD alumna Kim Gush was also there with her innovative androgynous street style.

Kim Gush