Nomzamo Mbatha x PUMA Collab

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES courtesy of PUMA

Local actress and human rights activist Nomzamo Mbatha has joined forces with streetwear brand PUMA, releasing her new Shandu Collection, a tribute to the tribe into which she was born in KwaMashu, her grandmother and women around the globe who deserve respect and empowerment.

The Shandu range consists of accessories, apparel and footwear revolving around Nomzamo’s love for travel and her nomadic jet setting lifestyle.

“Like me, this collection is African through and through,” says Nomzamo. “It is an ode to the very family and clan that I come from. My grandmother has always pushed me to open my eyes to the world and know that each of my dreams is attainable. She taught me how to stay humble but sassy, and how to love and accept myself, how to remain true to who I am, and most importantly: where I come from. That’s exactly why this collection couldn’t have been called anything other than Shandu. It is a tribute to my family and clan, and a thank you to them for helping me break barriers.”

The first collection, which was released in March features soft pastel hues and sorbet colourways embezzled with an African-inspired print. The range features a Bomber Jacket (R2 499) and Jumpsuit (R2 299), Nomzamo’s favourite two pieces, as well as the Starlet Sandal (R449), First Flip (R229), Top (R649), Cropped Tees (R999), Shorts (R899) and Headband (R599).

Nomzamo is also taking part in PUMA’s new She Moves Us campaign, led by global pop superstar Dua Lipa, which calls on women to inspire one another and take control of and change the global narrative.

Shop the range, here.