adidas X Rich Mnisi Collab

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES Supplied

South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi has joined forces with international streetwear and sports label adidas in a new line that is inspired by local heritage.

The collection pays homage to Rich’s Tsonga roots, focusing on identity and the spirit of cultural pride. The range consists of clashing, brightly coloured pieces featuring abstract patterns and animal prints that nod to Mnisi’s heritage.

Comprised of 12 pieces, the wear is adaptable for a performance-based lifestyle but also adapts to an urban street style. The bold clothing includes pieces created for swimming, running, cycling and training. 

Fusing style, colour and function, the collection is completed with a series of iconic footwear adorned with Rich’s signature prints. Each piece can be worn as a collective or works as a stand-alone statement item.

adidas and Rich Mnisi Unveil Their First Collaboration
adidas and Rich Mnisi Unveil Their First Collaboration

The range is also sustainable, with hero pieces being made in part with recycled materials and Parley Ocean Plastic, minimising the impact of ocean pollution.

“I am immensely proud to present this collection in collaboration with adidas, an iconic brand that I grew up seeing on People of Colour that were rewriting the arts,” explains Rich Mnisi. “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.”

The adidas x Rich Mnisi collection will be available from 25th February 2022 at and adidas Originals and Performance stores, with prices ranging from R379 to R3599.

Looking for more on local design? Take a look at Rich Mnisi’s previous capsule collection with Karabo Poppy.