Multi Award-winning Illustrator Karabo Poppy Moletsane Collaborates With Nike

South African multi-award-winning illustrator and street artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane recently partnered with renowned fashion powerhouse, Nike on a project dubbed the 'Karabo Poppy X Nike Air Force' collection.

The collection features three customised sneakers by Karabo and is inspired by what she calls home; Africa and South Africa.

Moletsane is known for her work which is geared at preserving the African aesthetic. On announcing the partnership, the illustrator comments, "A true honour to be partnering with #NikeByYou to give you the opportunity to customise my design on the site too. This became more than just a collab! The reach for African artists is expanding exponentially and I am filled with so much joy to create a first of its kind here with Nike, where a sneaker design that has been a part of my life and the life of my family, community and the that of people I look up to has a variation designed by me."

"This hasn’t become real for me yet but can be real for you when you order it online - available worldwide on the Nike site Thank you to every person that was part of getting me here, I will keep on honouring your support daily," she adds.

The collection

Concluding Thoughts

I hope this partnership elevates her career to greater heights.

The first time I learnt about Karabo Poppy Moletsane and her work was four years ago when she was unveiled as one of the African creatives, who collaborated with a major European brand. Among those creatives were the impeccable Manthe Ribane and Nonku Phiri, I knew there and then that she was a force; given the calibre of brilliant women she was featured alongside. Her work was impressive then and still is now; she has not looked back since.

It's good to see the consistency and how she has kept on soaring and still creating African-inspired work while collaborating with renowned brands which maximises her reach because her incredible work deserves to be seen.

Conjabulations, Karabo Poppy! 
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