What caught my eye about Projecto Mental was the bright colours and styling of every single piece in their collections. All I saw was men embracing what fashion is - a means of expressing one's individuality. I rarely see men wearing print or bright colours and I must say Projecto Mental's designs gave me all that and life! We did not have a chance to catch up with them but here is a snippet about the the Angolan duo.
Shunnoz Fiel and Tekasala Ma'at Nzinga are the design duo behind Projecto Mental, an Angolan fashion house that is linking Angola to the world through fashion.
Tekasala Ma'at Nzinga is a 38-year old artist, with dual cultural and artistic identities: born in Angola but raised in London, England, where he fell in love with fashion and visual self-expression. After studying anthropology and African studies, he returned to Angola and made a commitment to fashion.
At 37-years-old, Shunnoz Fiel is one of the most talented minds that Angola has ever produced. He blends his creative talent in fashion, with being a master poet, writer, communicator, performer, model, musician and lyricist. He studied theology and psychology, and worked in telecommunications before realizing that fashion was his true love.
For more than 10 years, Tekasala Ma'at Nzinga and Shunnoz Fiel have been at the forefront of the revival of Angolan fashion and creativity. Projecto Mental was voted Designers of the Year in Angola in 2007 and 2008 by Moda Luanda ( Luanda Fashion Week ) , and were runners up in 2009 and 2010 by Moda Luanda ( Luanda Fashion Week ) In October, 2011, they received an award for their contribution to helping promote Angolan fashion nationally and internationally by Belas Fashion Week in Angola.
Projecto Mental was created in 2003 with the initial goal of using fashion and art to try to take an active role in helping to reshape Angola's cultural image.
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