Why did you decide to come together under one label mmusomaxwell?
Mmuso: We decided to join forces towards the end of the internship after Lagos fashion week. We have a similar design aesthetic and similar views on fashion.
Who is the mmusomaxwell customer? Maxwell: It's the individual who appreciates their African heritage with a contemporary approach. Someone who is looking for quality, design and practicality in their clothing.
Tell us about the latest collection for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017? What were some of your inspirations for this season? Maxwell: For our latest collection, Indima, we drew inspiration from the role that women play in agriculture and the challenges they face on a daily basis. The silhouette and layering were both inspired by the dress worn in that type of environment, with contrasting tones and textures.
What are the most important lessons you learnt from David Tlale? Mmuso: Quality and craftsmanship. He placed a huge emphasis on paying attention to the technical details when creating a garment.
What is the one misconception that people have about David Tlale?
Although he is strict, especially when deadlines are concerned, sometimes people mistake him as being cold (because he has this “Miranda Priestly” look about him). He has the warmest heart and has been a father figure to all of us during our internship.