Presidential was born from the Presidential Shirt brand that supplied former President Nelson Mandela with the shirt well know as the Madiba Shirt. Presidential has redefined luxury for this day and age and it has set itself in a position as one of the Africa’s most desirable and fashionable brands.
How it All Started
Desré Buirski, the designer of the Madiba Shirt gave a gift of a hand-printed batik shirt to Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard, with a note saying “Thank you for everything you have done and the sacrifices you have made for our beloved country”.
She then designed many printed, embroidered and over 150 hand-painted silk shirts for South Africa’s cherished Madiba, which he was spotted wearing on the world stage, becoming a worldwide style as well as a political representation. The style of ’The Madiba Shirt’ progressed as Mr Mandela requested several shirts throughout his time as President.
“He told me he liked earth tones. Needless to say over the years I have covered every shade of earth tone imaginable - as well as every other colour of the rainbow.”* “He also told me he liked earth tones. Needless to say over the years I have covered every shade of earth tone imaginable - as well as every other colour of the rainbow.”*
Up to this day, the Presidential Shirt endures standing for unmatched superiority and impactful designs that are loved on a worldwide scale. Presidential shirts are luxury style statements worn by men of impact and influence: confident, striking and individual.