Turns out there appears to be a connection between 466/64 Fashion and the Nelson Mandela Foundation after all.
A new statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa spells out the relationship between the two organizations more clearly. Mandela gave the number, 46664 (taken from his prison number), to the Nelson Mandela Foundation Trust, “as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices he was prepared to make for a humanitarian and social justice cause he passionately believed in.” The Nelson Mandela Foundation Trust licensed 46664 Concerts (46664 South Africa) in perpetuity and on a pro bono basis, to use the 46664 brand in addressing issues of social injustice. Since then, 46664 South Africa has been managed by a separate organization, which has its own board, the statement said. RELATED STORY: Controversy Over Nelson Mandela Affiliation With 466/64 Line >>
According to the statement, in 2011, a license agreement was forged between 46664 South Africa and Brand I.D., a division of Seardel Group Trading (pty) Ltd., whereby Brand I.D. established a global fashion brand (466/64 Fashion), “to create a sustainable income stream for 46664 South Africa.” The statement noted that the agreement controls the investment of the funds generated through the success of the 466/64 Fashion brand and a percentage of the revenue generated from the sales of 466/64 Fashion goes directly toward funding projects that bring forward Mandela’s legacy.
Erin Patton, chief executive officer of Company B, exclusive license holder for 466/64 Fashion in North America, said, “[Mandela] is not directly involved. That was never intimated. All the press materials say it was inspired by him.” He said that 46664 in South Africa is the beneficiary of the charity that was founded by Mandela.
Asked why James Cecil, president of Cadence Communications, which represents the Nelson Mandela Foundation in North America, would say that there was no affiliation with Mandela or his various foundations, Patton replied, “I have no clue. The foundation has confirmed the relationship.”
Cecil responded Wednesday, “No matter what the policy is, Nelson Mandela’s name is not to be used for commercial purposes.”
Patton added: “We have such an authentic fashion story to tell with this amazing brand that is rooted in South Africa’s vibrant, colorful culture and lifestyle cache as our well of inspiration. We are staunchly committed to ethical fashion as our brand ethos and look forward to bringing new energy, excitement and social impact to the retail channel in the U.S. and Canada. The initial response from retailers and the fashion community has been overwhelmingly positive.”
He said he was in “very advanced discussions” with potential retail partners for a spring 2013 launch.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion