RICH MNISI Mafamba Yexe SS22

An empty universe is a lonely place — even for a god. 

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In a continuation of his explorations of the origins of Bumba, the vomiting creation god of Congo’s Bushongo mythology, Rich Mnisi takes us on a journey of self-discovery in SS22. This collection, Mafamba Yexe, finds its inspiration in a microscopic view of Bumba’s purge, made up of cells that, like so many others, split apart to multiply. Pain on the outside, pain on the inside, discomfort everywhere.

From that discomfort, cells made echoes of their own likeness, and Bumba birthed the world. In every world, microscopic and universal, discomfort was the channel from loneliness to community. From strangeness to connection, to reflection, and eventually, to self-discovery.

We return to vivid green, a grounding brand colour, meeting a fiery palette of yellows and reds across signature silhouettes. Abstract prints inspired by bacteria under a microscope creep across the body. Smooth and printed leathers lend lively tactility, while feathers offer a softer touch.



Aza Mhlana

Christi-Ann Saaiman 

Kurt Anders

Jono Lee 

Nicolas van Graan

Abulele Ngcangata 

Antonia Julies

Jade Daniels 

Creative Director

Rich Mnisi

Director of Photography 

Ross Hillier

Focus Puller

Ashley Smit

Make-up & Hair

Justine Alexander 


Bradley Ndlovu 

Production Designer

Mike Hillier & Rich Mnisi 


Peter Georgiades 


Ross Hillier


Kyle Stroebel

Sound Design

David Houston

Location Scout

Mike Hillier


Que DJ – Mnisi Chant

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