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About Presidential

The Presidential concept was born out of the Presidential Shirt brand, manufacturer and supplier of the Madiba Shirt. Since then Presidential has evolved and grown to include a number of select afro-centric products, focusing on African brands, leaders and icons. The Presidential brand now encompasses mens shirts - hand-painted silk shirts, hand batik-printed shirts and embroidered cotton and jacquard woven shirts, as well as fine women’s kaftans and sarongs. Various styles of ‘The Madiba Shirt’ have been worn by some of the greatest men of our time, and continue to project confidence and individuality when worn by men of influence today. 

Men Shirts and Kaftans

Mens Shirts are the cornerstone of the Presidential brand. Desre Buirski designed her first mens shirt in the 1980s in the United States. Upon returning to South Africa, in recognition of the monumental achievements and sacrifices of Nelson Mandela, she offered him at first a shirt, and then her skills to help develop a personal style which continues to impact Africa and the world.

Presidential Shirt continues to stand for unsurpassed quality and impactful designs. Presidential shirts are luxury style statements worn by men of impact and influence: confident, striking and individual.

The style of the Mens Shirt has evolved since men projected uniformity and formality through a stiff collar, grey suit and plain tie. This evolution was in no small way influenced by Nelson Mandela and his designer Desre Buirski, founder of the Presidential Shirt brand of mens shirts.

Ladies Kaftans

Presidential ladies kaftans come in a variety of exclusive fabrics such as hand-embroidered and hand-painted cottons, rayons and silks, as well as colourful prints. With or without matching head scarves they are also offered in different lengths and sizes.

Scarves and Sarongs

Our scarves and sarongs are high quality silk, silk hand-beaded and traditional African hand-painted high quality rayon.


To compliment the Presidential range of uniquely African products we have handbags in a variety of vivid designs, crafted from the highest quality materials.


Presidential offers a range of beautiful Royal Amber jewellery, exclusive Electrophoresis treated sterling silver as well as Zulu handmade beaded jewellery. All pieces are designed and manufactured in South Africa.

Current Presidential Shop

The Presidential shop opened in November 2009 and is situated at OR TAMBO Duty Free Airport, Johannesburg. It proved an instant success, attracting African as well as International buyers.

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