Mami Wata Reinvents Surf Style
EACH WEEK THIS MONTH, WE’LL BE HIGHLIGHTING ONE OF THE BLACK-OWNED BRANDS THAT WE CARRY AT WISH WHILE EXPANDING ON THE HERITAGE OF THEIR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.
This week, the spotlight is on Nick Dutton, Peet Pienaar, and Andy Davis’ Cape Town-based clothing brand Mami Wata.
Founded by Selema Masekela, Nick Dutton, creative director, and artist Peet Pienaar, and writer Andy Davis in 2015 – the enviably titled Chief Surf Officer, Mami Wata is the first surf label out of Africa that is proudly African.
Their mission is to be a creative force for good in Africa by using sustainable African materials, supporting local organizations, such as Waves for Change — a surf therapy NGO that helps over 1,000 children, and strengthening what brand founders call Afrosurfonomics, a religion of pristine foam and sky-high waves.
“As a kid all the way through working in the surf apparel industry, I never saw any brands showcasing surfing from the perspective of anyone that looked like me,” Selema says. “This is a brand that aims to redefine the surf-culture conversation as a whole, via the largest surfable continent on the planet as its jumping-off point.”
In February and beyond, look for opportunities to shop Black-Owned, founded, & designed brands.