The full story + pics from the local designer. 

Cape Town designer Nicholas Coutts and photographer Kyle Weeks are match made somewhere holy to fashion, like a Chanel store. (Or, most likely, P&G.) You may have seen bits of their collaboration on Coutts’ AW17 campaign (one of our favourites to date) on social. Here you’ll find ever pic, plus the full story from Coutts himself. Spoiler alert: these style rangers survived a baboon attack to give you this stunning story. 
AFF: Tell us about your thought process in choosing the location and creative team for your AW17 campaign. 
Nicholas: The campaign was shot at Red Hill in Simonstown. Kyle and I picked this location for it’s natural beauty and the peaceful mood it brings. It was the perfect backdrop for this collection as the contrasts were very apparent. 
I’ve always been inspired by photographer Kyle Weeks’s work and it made sense for me to collaborate with him on this collection. Peter Georgiades is a good friend of mine who also styled this collection for SA Menswear week in February and did an immaculate job with both.
AFF: What is it about a natural (as opposed to urban) setting that inspires you? 
Nicholas: Nature has always inspired me, particularly the South African landscapes with their vast open areas. This area has recently been devastated by fire and the ongoing drought has left it’s mark, and yet it still radiates beauty.
AFF: Any fun stories or unexpected challenges from the shoot day? 
Nicholas: Yes, midway through the shoot we were invaded by a troop of 40 Baboons: quite frightening as they marauded through our set, eating anything they could find. Luckily, they were being followed by two game rangers who protected us and escorted us to safety.
AFF: We love the bags and accessories! Who did you collaborate with on these? 
Nicholas: I collaborated with milliner Crystal Birch for the hats and Jade Paton of House of Grace for the macramé bags. Both have distinct ways of making their product unique and each item has a personality of it’s own. They are true craftsmen of their trade.
AFF: Do you have a favorite piece in this collection? Which one and why?
Nicholas: The camel jacket with the hand woven front is my favourite piece from this collection. It encapsulates how I translated my vision into being.
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