Pronounced Nineteen April, the XIX April fashion brand is being touted as one of the next big things to hit Namibia.
The brand designs are playful and abstract, and represent a change of scenery from what is usually seen on models in the country.
Coming off a successful showing at last year’s inaugural Windhoek Fashion Week, Hapi Auala and Farzao Martins’ new clothing line might just be what the fashion industry needs, if fashionistas are looking to wear Namibian born and bred brands.
The joint effort between Hapi, a qualified graphic designer and her partner, Farzao, came about almost accidentally, they say, after a love and passion for garment making saw them initially doing it as a hobby in their spare time. They have been working together since 2014.
“We fell in love with it. Once we were confident enough about our creations, we shared them with the world,” Hapi said.
The line has many innovative pieces that seem to be aimed at starting different fashion trends, as well as combining old trends, to create whole new concepts, like the frayed crop tops.
According to Hapi, they make clothes for people who love to look good and aren’t afraid to take risks and be different.
“The XIX April is edgy and refined,” said Hapi, adding that the point of the line was not to fit in, but to stand out.
The line features menswear pieces that have frayed material, longer torso outfits and sheer sleeves. It is high-end clothing at a more accessible level, and the look is fresh off the runway.
The women’s line features lace bralettes, crop tops and sports luxe inspired sweatpants. It also has a few slip dresses and the purple, velvet jumpsuit is sure to turn heads.
It is reminiscent of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 collection, using dark shades of grey and black.
So far, the Windhoek born, bred and based duo have received a wonderful reception from the public, with more and more people requesting pieces from the line, which is no surprise.
The two currently fund their clothing lines out of their own pockets. Hapi says that anyone can buy and wear their clothes.
“XIX April, unlike most brands, is very diverse, in the sense that we make accessories along with clothing suitable for street wear, as well as for smart-casual and formal occasions,” she added.
Check out XIX April’s Instagram page @xix_april for much more, or check out the designers at @frazao_el_fresco and @hapi_a_misfit.