Conceptualised by fashion designer Keith Henning of menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and artist Jody Paulsen, the new AKJP Collective in bustling Kloof Street in central Cape Town is a forward-thinking, well-curated space. The pair handpick the emerging designers and creatives showcased here, all of whom are carving a niche for themselves in the local fashion industry.
The space reflects the energy of the local fashion design scene and all the ranges are created with exceptional attention to detail, passion and a common theme of well-crafted tailoring.
The featured designers include jewellery brands Pichulik and Steffany Roup Jewellery, as well as ladies collections Take Care and Hannah Collection, both of which exude soft lines in mainly neutral colours. The Drotsky label is somewhat more avant-garde, with a nod to long, tailored Victorian dresses with contemporary style and materials.
The founders’ own Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen inaugural collection is a fusion of contemporary tailoring and fabrics with some eccentric, bright graphics and is definitely for courageous dressers with androgynous appeal. “We have used women’s items on men and men’s items on women. The fits are spacious and forgiving. We have introduced fitted women’s trousers and shirts and paired them with boxy and loose garments to retain an effortless, easy-wearing look,” says Keith Henning.
The AKJP SS16 Collection was the toast of 2015’s Cape Town Fashion Week, with Paulsen’s recognisable patterning and use of bold primary colours proving the perfect foil for Henning’s expert tailoring.