Riky Rick's unisex bags take London by storm

Riky Rick's collection features a range of cross-body bags, pouches and belts made of ostrich leather.
Riky Rick's collection features a range of cross-body bags, pouches and belts made of ostrich leather.
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Gender-bending trends and blurred lines are the new normal in fashion.

That's the tune pioneer of hip-hop fashion Riky Rick is singing with the launch of his new, unisex bags collection in collaboration with knitwear designer MaXhosa by Laduma and luxury accessories brand Okapi.

King Kotini, as he's affectionately known to his fans, tells Sowetan that ever since he was young he has always borrowed some essential items from his mother's wardrobe to help him put the finishing touch to his androgynous style.

"I believe fashion has always been a gender-bending medium. Men dress for women to enjoy and vice versa," he breaks it down.

Riky Rick unveils his bags at the Frieze Art Week in London.
Riky Rick unveils his bags at the Frieze Art Week in London.

"As a kid I was borrowing my mother's clothes and nobody noticed because they still looked good.

"Now people are more accepting of us borrowing styles from the opposite sex.

"It's liberating to wear a piece of women's clothing or women's perfume. We realise the borders are being broken down."

The fluid collection was unveiled at the Frieze Art Week in London on Wednesday night.

The collection featured a range of cross-body bags, pouches and belts made out of ostrich leather in shades of red, green, beige and black. They were all tanned by local artisans in the Western Cape.

"Most bags made for men are very practical, so what I wanted to create was pieces that stand out just like for females," he explains.

"I chose materials and colours that pop to grab people's attention. Laduma did a great job at finding the right blends and shapes as well."

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