Monday, June 13, 2011

Albertus Swanepoel Hat Collection for Target is Announced

It was announced last night that milliner Albertus Swanepoel, darling of the South African fashion set for his international success and right-on hat designs (that may just be me), is continuing his take-over of millinery in the US. He is set to launch a cool new hat line for mass-market retailer Target. 14 different designs, including his trademark African influences like animal print and ostrich feathers, all priced at $19.99. Middle American is about to get a taste of our continent on their bonces. How fun.
His designs are described as "whimsical, fantastical and refined" and there is seldom a New York Fashion Week that goes by without his input in at least three or four collections. He really is a South African fashion success story. A story made good by being prodigiously talented, insightful, observational and an all-round good egg. I happen to like him a lot and am terribly proud of this latest achievement. I look forward to congratulating him in person the next time he is back home.

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