Thursday, June 14, 2012

Designer Profile: Ozwald Boateng

Recently, a friend posted the cover of the current (and first) issue of GQ Style South Africa on their Facebook page. I wasn't familiar with the designer on the cover, but I can recognize a well-tailored suit from a mile away. The man wearing the stunning emerald green suit is Ozwald Boateng, the menswear genius widely credited for introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation.

Savile Row is a shopping street in Mayfair, central London, known for it's high quality tailors and the bespoke "be spoken for" suit. Fully handmade and made to order, the traditions of Savile Row date back to 1846. In 1994, at the age of 27, Ozwald became both the youngest and first black tailor to open a store on Savile Row.

Ozwald has built an empire and now tailors to a host of A-Listers including Giorgio Armani, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest, Richard Branson and Will Smith.

Learn more about Ozwald and peek inside the inaugural issue of GQ South Africa here

Also, check out the documentary A Man's Story. The film spans 12 years of the designers' life and career from 1998-2010. I definitely will be checking this out!

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