campaign AW 17

An African Winter

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collection AW 17

For the Autumn Winter 2017/2018 collection, we reimagined what having a proper winter in Africa would feel and look like.

We were inspired by the traditional ...

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AW 15 - Chiaroscuro

The prints for the AW 15 collection were inspired by works of James Turrell and artist Bridget Riley illustrating the contrast between light and dark as reflected ...

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The 1981 world

Splendor Magazine December 2016

A-line Jacquard Jacket from AW 16 collection featured in editorial for Spendor Magazine Dec 2016.

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1981 was conceived in 2012 by Nana K. Brenu in his quest for equilibrium between two highly contrasting genres of style.
The first being his Ghanaian heritage characterized by vibrant colors and bold prints in contrast to his modern minimalistic design sensibilities that is highly influenced by modern art, design and architecture including the main principles of minimalism.

In his relentless approach to conceive a harmonious relationship between these two contrasting worlds, 1981 became the creative medium for him to exploration of dialogue between contrasting ideas and philosophies. The idea that a modern design ethos and a rich and vibrant Ghanaian heritage can harmoniously coexist highlights the notion of contrast reflected in each seasonal collection.
In a departure from the use of bold prints and colours typically associated with African designs, 1981 is influenced by the impact of the complex simplicity of the monochromatic geometric designs of traditional Ghanaian symbols. Although traditional by conception the designs have a very original, and modern feel.

The highly original and unique design philosophies of 1981 are based on the notion that design should reflect who you are, where you are from and where you have been. In other words clothes are the storytellers in the journey of our lives. This concept is reflected through Nana’s Ghanaian background, design studies and work in NYC and Milan. He sees design in terms of contrast and draws inspiration from the world of modern art, design and architecture. Nana is intrinsically drawn to the purity that exists in modern design which focuses on elements such as: details, textures, the quality materials, craftsmanship and the finishing. In his words, “It’s about refinement of the design until its true essence emerges, a notion based on the fundamentals of minimalism. It the beauty in that rawness and simplicity that appeals to my design sensibilities”.

Though attracted to the muted natural tones usually associated modern design, the touch of bold colours in contrast, reflects his vibrant Ghanaian heritage.
1981 is about always striving to create some “new”, a creative vehicle striving to achieve a balance between conceptualism and a practicality.

1981 Map of Africa


Untamed Empire Concept Store

No. 7 Examination Loop, North Ridge, Accra, Ghana

tel. +233 23 336 1213

1981 Concept Store

Ground Floor, Special Plaza 2, Lagos Avenue, East Legon, Accra, Ghana

tel. +233 549217188



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