Merchants on Long Launch an Upcycled Coat and Kimono Collection

WORDS Gina Dionisio PHOTOS Armand Dicker

Merchants on Long champions sustainability by collaborating with Sash Cebekhulu of Unknwn Projcts on a bespoke, one-of-a-kind upcycled capsule collection. 

Made from existing designer pieces, the Unknwn Projcts x Merchants on Long capsule upcycled collection of kimonos and coats highlights the spirit of slow fashion.

Sash Cebekhulu and Merchants on Long collaborated to create a versatile, inclusive, and unique capsule collection. The collection features a colourful selection of 10 kimonos and coats inspired by the Martin Letholo Coat from Unknwn Projcts.

Each piece is designed with the same pattern but made from different textures and cuts of material, making them one-of-a-kind. The pieces showcase meticulous craftsmanship reflecting Sash’s classical training and the collective’s deep conceptual approach and sense of resourcefulness.

“We thought it would be great to explore a collection that reimagined deadstock, giving new life to African design fashion pieces that were of great quality, fabric and colour but had aged due to retail having paused over the covid period. When we began thinking about this upcycled capsule collection, Unknwn Projcts was a natural choice to collaborate with,” says Jeanine Benjamin, Merchants on Long COO.  

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Merchants on Long is committed to sustainability and supporting designers across Africa through upcycling, encompassing a wide range of products and design disciplines. |

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