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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#EVENT: Presidential Shirts Opens Store in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City

A presidential evening it was as we honored an invite to the Presidential Shirt store launch in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Johannesburg.

The mood was easy and relaxed, setting the perfect tone for the rest of the evening filled with fabulous guests and the guest of honor, world-renowned Vusi Mahlasela. Not only was this a store launch but also a tribute and remembrance of our late father of the nation Nelson Mandela, who was synonymous and the familiar face with these iconic shirts. A storyteller took us back down memory-lane and the live music from Presidential ambassador Vusi Mahlasela did us justice. It was not long into the proceedings of the event when Vusi was joined by the well-known local and international vocalist Zwai Bala; it was almost like a jazz concert.

As the night continued, we listened to some good jazz while sipping wine and nibbling on gourmet food. We were enlightened by the evening’s MC on the history behind the shirts and how they came about to being a brand. Indeed it became a brand, especially after a look back at their debut of the fashion front as Presidential showcased their first ever show at South African Menswear Week earlier this year. Although some of the items we saw on the runway are not part of the items found in the store, we got see something more than just shirts… There were pocket squares and scarves to substitute the shirts.


It was not just a night to showcase what’s in store but also a night to do what our great President had always believed in, giving to children as they are the future of this world. There was an auction of a replica shirt that was worn by Tata Madiba after South Africa was announced to host the 2010 football world cup. It was perfectly framed in a big photo frame with a mini picture of him holding the world cup trophy. It was a convincing and exciting auction and the hammer fell at R20’000.00 after a long two-man bid.

What a night to remember, our first democratic President; to honor him and his work on behalf of Presidential Shirts.

Words by Brian Lehang

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