SA Menswear Week Designer Profile – Emmy Kasbit


Emmy Kasbit is another of The MODE Africa’s favourite labels showing at Lexus SA Menswear week AW 17. With a strong focus on beautiful tailoring, clean lines and pops of colour, this Nigerian label certainly turns heads.

The MODE Africa talks to Creative Director Emmanual Okoro about the label and his AW 17 collection


The Emmy Kasbit label is known for its tailoring, strong lines and sense of structure… when you are designing, what sort person are you inspired to design for?

When I’m designing a collection, it’s always about people who see themselves as creatives and believe their outfit is deliberate is not accidental.


Can you tell us a bit about your inspiration for the AW 17 collection?

The inspiration for our AW 17 is drawn from the sub-Saharan nomadic life.. it talks about men on a journey to liberation…


Without giving too much away, colours, cuts and fabrics can we expect to see on the Runway at SA Menswear week and will you be using any raw materials as you have done in previous collections?

For this collection, we are working with neutral tones like brown, blush, and a bit of print (2 tones).  Not sure of raw materials because we want to keep it simple, but expect our signature cuts, clean lines etc…


As a designer do you prefer designing for men or women? And will we be seeing any womenswear on the Runway at this seasons SA Menswear week?

I think I prefer designing for men. Because my women’s wear is always inspired by menswear… there might be 1 or 2 Womenswear looks on the runway.


As a designer, what do you enjoy most about the design process?

I enjoy all the design processes because that’s what I live for. But my favorite has to be the fabrication.


Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Generally I draw inspiration from Nature and then try to break it down.


Which designers do you admire and why?

I admire Acne Studios (Internationally) and Orange Culture Nigeria( Locally) because I feel their aestethics are strong and it takes a creative mind to understand what they do.


Which celebrity / public figure dead or alive would you most to design a collection for and why?

I think I would love to design a collection for Rita Dominic (Nigerian Actress). Because I feel she has a really cool sense of style and can pull of my kind of pieces..


After hearing a little bit about the inspiration and after talking to Emmanuel Okoro about all things fashion, we for one are intrigued to see the Runway show. Emmy Kasbit will be showcasing their AW 17 collection at Lexus SA Menswear week on Saturday 4th February at 18H00 and we for one can’t wait to see it!