Blazing a trail amongst SA designers
Blazing a trail amongst SA designers
Conceptualised in 2014, the SKHANDA REPUBLIC fashion line represents and leads the way when it comes to influential streetwear. Not only does the brand incorporate the heritage and culture of the South African people, it also boasts cutting edge designs, bold colours, in-your-face compositions, and top of the line quality. Gaining approval from the urban streetwear community, the SKHANDA REPUBLIC line is set to become one of the first streetwear fashion labels in South Africa to infiltrate the culture on a grand scale.
Staying true to his patriotic roots, K.O’s designs often feature the South African flag in a re-adaptive street approach as seen in the logo and on most garments. The successful South African artist works hard to ensure everything he does is of top notch quality be it his music or his clothing line. K.O has the magic touch when it comes to taking his brands to the next level. He broke boundaries once again when he became the very first artist and designer to have his clothing line to be sold in a major South African Retail store, alongside international brands.
Not only was it the designs that drew the Studio 88 Group to the SKHANDA REPUBLIC label, it was also the determination, creativity, professionalism and energy of the artist and visionary place behind them. Studio 88 are both proud and excited to be aligned with K.O and his latest SKHANDA REPUBLIC range which will be available in selected stores from 23 November and wish him the best of success as he continues to take his Brand to the next level.
K. O The Artist
KO The Visionary
A former member of the hugely successful rap group Teargas, had his debut album released in 2017 under Sony Music Entertainment Africa. Not stopping there, K.O then designed and launched his fashion collection less than a year later and you will find his range in selected Studio 88 stores, countrywide.
Although, Born in Soweto Johannesburg, K.O spent most of his formative years in Piet Retief MPUMAlanga, where he went on to study a diploma in PR Relations at the Vaal University of Technology. While studying he, met his Teargas bandmates, Ezee “Ma-E” Hanabe and Bantu “Ntukza” Hanabe. Following his dream to make music K.O along with Teargas Band mates, released four critically acclaimed, award-winning and commercially successful albums; ‘K’subtle K’bovu ‘, ‘Wafa Wafa’, ‘Dark Or Blue’ and ‘NumBer NumBer’.
In 2013 K.O alongside Teargas’ Ma-E teamed up with music and marketing executive Thabiso Khati to start Cashtime Life, an all-encompassing entertainment and lifestyle company with a 360-degree approach that will exclusively focus on urban youth culture entertainment. K.O was the company’s first solo signed artist and his breakout single ‘Caracara’ featuring KiDX saw the rise of K.O and the birth of a new South African Hip Hop/Rap sound.
His debut album introduced a new sound that became known as ‘Skanda rap.’ With songs like ‘Caracara’, ‘Mission Statement’, ‘Son Of A Gun’ and ‘Skhanda Love’ the album dubbed an instant classic by fans and critics alike earned a platinum sales status and earned the rapper 3 SAMA Awards after its release.
A true visionary, K.O, helped take the Cashtime Life branch into fashion by actively being involved in the designing and marketing of its highly popular t-shirts and a collaboration with leading streetwear brand Head Honcho for a line of accessories. He has since taken his passion for fashion to even greater heights by launching his very own clothing line recently, simply called SKHANDA REPUBLIC which is clearly inspired by his own music. The range will be available in selected Studio 88 stores from 23 November and we believe you will love it!