This is the fourth installment of our Skattie Celebrates video series; click on their names to see Lindiwe Suttle interview Jackie Burger, David Tlale, and Deon Redman. We chose the three previous interviewees for their various contributions to the South African fashion industry. Jackie as an editor, David as a designer, and Deon as a fashion show producer.

Our latest one, Chu Suwannapha, has been working in the South African fashion industry for 15 years, as a stylist, fashion editor, fashion director and- as of this year- as a designer. I was so moved by his work at SA Menswear Week ealier this year that I wrote this piece about it. Certainly, one of the things he is best known for in this country is his fierce print game, such that he has been crowned both “King” and “Prince of prints” by the media. For me, that print game makes him as close to a style icon as we have right now. That he also revealed himself to be a brilliant designer is a proper bonus. I have no doubt that we are going to see more brilliant moments from Chu in the years to follow.

Executive Producer : Lindiwe Suttle of Honey Badger Productions

Associate Producers : Malibongwe Tyilo & Sandiso Ngubane of SKATTIE

Video Production : Tashinga Mutakwa & Des Dlamini of

Words by Malibongwe Tyilo

Featured image by Peet Mocke

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