A Man’s Story: Ozwald Boateng

Mimi ON Dec 07, 2011 AT 10:37 am

Ozwald Boateng himself

Ozwald Boateng himself

by Lindsay Peoples

I recently had the privilege of seeing ‘A Man’s Story‘, a documentary of the life fashion designer and innovator, Ozwald Boateng.

With over 25 years of experience, Boateng is a maverick in creating menswear, and has done well for himself over the years.

Even though he hasn’t shown in London for the past two years, he still has a flourishing flagship store in Savile Row, and pending expansion projects of creating over 50 stores in China, India, Russia and Nigeria.

But his journey in fame in fortune has been anything but easy. Growing up in London, with Ghanian parents he was very culturally aware of the lifestyle that he wanted in the future.

The story begins in 1998, in which Boateng calls ‘a really tough year‘ he is dealing with his first divorce from Pascale, and shows an Autumn/Winter collection in Paris that flops on the runway and only 2 days later is stolen from his workshop leaving him out of over £70,000 of merchandise and no real prospects for the future.

But the good moments outweigh the bad, as he continues to build his empire and came back with a vengeance in 2000 when he won the Best Menswear Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards, and was even the creative director at Givenchy for two years. Throughout the film, Boateng is seen struggling to balance his work life and family life. One morning he is playing with his daughter, the next he is running to Los Angeles to dress Will Smith for the Oscars, and not long after he struggles with news of his second wife’s infidelity while he was hosting a charity Africa Summit to benefit the people of Ghana.

At the end of the film, Boateng gets advice from Giorgio Armani, admitting that he has fallen short of his duties as a husband and father, and that his work has been the life and almost death at him.  Boateng’s last words in the film, show him reflecting on his life and decisions made stating, “it’s all about the experience.”

Find out more at www.ozwaldboateng.co.uk/a-mans-story

Watch the trailer below: Released in the UK on 9th March 2012

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