Naked Ape, the scion of Shaldon Kopman, celebrates a 10-year reign as the formidable studio of bespoke African-inspired men’s wear that dresses the quintessence of the African spirit. Not many 10-year olds can claim the African Odyssey but then not all 10-year olds have had their senses honed and ignited by the rich palette and diversity of cultures and experiences Shaldon brings to the label, from dressing the notables of the silver screen like Samuel L. Jackson and Orlando Jones to some of South Africa’s corporate Wizz-kids and captains of industry.
Shaldon has been at the helm of Naked Ape’s African journey, steering the course of an envisioned atelier. Like all artists, Shaldon explores the quintessence of his subject, deconstructs it, and reimagines it with his imitable style. Shaldon has taken his observations and interpreted the swag, the depths and range of tones, textures, layers, movement, and functionality, and created authentically urban African collections, which reveal the artistry and majesty of street life.
From their studio in Johannesburg central, a flagship store in the trendy and fashionable shopping district of Rosebank, The Firs. Naked Ape has designed and crafted luxury bespoke garments for discerning individuals. Naked Ape has extended its line-up to include ready-to-wear garments and accessories, bridging the gap between the individualized tailored items, with off-the-rack attire, resulting in immediate gratification.