A rush of red, a pop of pink and other classic colours are to look forward to as Simon & Mary reveal their highly anticipated FEZ collaboration with Trevor Stuurman.
Simon & Mary’s FEZ blocks were purchased in the late 80’s and have been waiting for the perfect moment to appear, and with an eruption of Ndebele-mused colours the team is excited to announce they are finally ready for a spring release.
The stellar FEZ range, a lively compass of red, mint, yellow, pink, blue and black, with the signature Simon & Mary pin of distinction, would never have made it to the public without the influence of photographer and fashion influencer Trevor Stuurman.
Simon & Mary had the following to say: “We created a few samples when we first launched Simon & Mary in 2014, but never thought the market would react so well to them. Fast forward three years later – Trevor came past the factory for a visit and spotted a sample we had made in the corner of my office.”
When one of the hats was on Trevor’s head the team instantly knew that these had to go to market.
“It took another year before we finally sat down and discussed how we would launch the range. Trevor applied an open-minded approach when putting the lookbook ensemble together: “The colorway of the collection was inspired by Ndebele beadwork. Somehow the shape of the Ndebele bracelets reminded me so much of the fez silhouette. It felt like a natural fit and a new translation of the culture,” says Trevor.
“In terms of the lookbook we freestyled it. We took a very organic approach. I believed so much in the product that I didn’t stress too much about shooting it and I knew with a strong team we would achieve greatness.
I teamed up with The remarkable Ribanes, Kwena Baloyi and Simzphoto and sent a few outfit references to the team. Then, the following day we met up early and drove around Johannesburg to find a fitting location.”
Photography: Simphiwe Mkhwanazi / Assistant: Trevor Stuurman
Creative Direction: Trevor Stuurman and Dear Ribane / Design: Jana + Koos / Models: Trevor Stuurman, Manthe Ribane, Kay Kay Ribane, Tebogo Ribane, Kwena Baloyi