Butan Summer 18: Black Star Line Collection

As the saying goes “be the captain of your own ship” which Butan interprets as “be the master of your own destiny”. From our Summer 18 range, The Black Star Line pays tribute to a shipping line of the same name started by Marcus Garvey in 1919 making it the first black-owned shipping fleet in the world. Marcus Garvey’s dream of creating an economically viable and united African continent independent of colonial rule are what make him a celebrated figure and talking point to this day.

For this range, they anchored designs on the philosophy of captaining your own ship which is inspired by the bravery, innovation and persistence of Garvey and his legacy. We created a unique naval flag pattern using Kente design – a cloth and pattern weaved by ancient Ashanti kingdoms in Ghana and today are widely worn and celebrated all over the world.

The Black Star Line collection consists of a short sleeve t-shirt, two long sleeve t-shirts, a full zip windbreaker and shorts. Consistent across the garments is the appearance of Pan African colours which pay tribute to the docking home of Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line – Ghana.


  • Photographer – Young Stilo
  • Models – Simphiwe Mahlangu & Benedict Nawaya
  • MUA – Orli
  • Stylist – Kai Mavuso



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