Launched in SA in 1980, the Dakotas brand has a rich history in the wardrobes of local fashionistas. Hand-stitched styles by local and international craftsmen have ensured the endurance of the brand’s relevancy into its fourth decade.
Following the heritage brand’s collaboration with artist Jay Carson, which highlighted the connection between nature and purpose in a limited collection, Dakotas has now collaborated with SA fashion darling Wanda Lephoto. The iconic Dakotas Hi Shine Loafer has been reinterpreted into an easy-to-wear Hi Shine Mule, establishing a locally-made modern style to exist alongside their classics. Collaboration with local artists and designers signals a new movement of Dakotas into the contemporary and fashion-forward consciousness of the country.
Lephoto’s practice unpacks notions of luxury through the exploration of African cultures, approaches and identities within global nuances. Fusing multiple perspectives and agendas, the brand allows its wearers a space to negotiate their own representation and identity with the African spirit remaining as the core inspiration of Wanda Lephoto. Reinterpreting the past through tailoring and craftsmanship helps create conversations about shared experiences and inclusive futures.