Welcome to the House of PML
From top fashion blogger to top fashion designer, Peter Mwansa (left) has come full circle. Peter’s up and coming House of PML brand is on the radar of every Zambian fashionista.
A wide variety of Zambian designers and fashion houses have emerged over the years. They have broken new grounds to reach astonishing new heights of ingenuity and creativity. House of PML by Peter Mwansa, established in 2019, is one of those brands.
Peter Mwansa is no stranger to the Zambian fashion scene. With the rise of social media, he saw the opportunity to document his style to the masses on Facebook and Instagram in 2014. This led to his fashion blogging career under the name PeterMyLife. Peter details that he began blogging because he was inspired by the multiple Nigerian fashion pages that he followed on Instagram; this later led to him writing and creating his own website.
“I have always been in love with fashion. My mother played a huge role in grooming me and making me the man I am today. She is such an inspiration to me. I ventured into fashion design because upon graduation from Mulungushi University, I couldn’t find stable employment in my field. I saw a career in styling and making clothes which later led to my fashion brand.”
House of PML is a design house specialising in bespoke clothes for your different occasions, including corporate events and social events such as weddings (soon to be newlyweds or guests). In addition to custom made clothes, House of PML also offers a full styling service and consultation for your special days.
“My creative process starts exactly when the client walks in with what they want to be tailor-made for them. I had to pick a niche and discovered I am very good at men’s clothing, with a more specific focus on suits. I describe my fashion brand as luxurious and versatile fit for the metrosexual man and the modern day woman,” Peter explains.
From dressing Zambian celebrities like Cleo Ice Queen to models and numerous brides, grooms and groom’s men, Peter is proud of how he has managed to grow his brand and how he has managed to make it a household name. His also proud of his brand ambassadorship with Chivas and reveals that working with Zambian rapper Macky 2 and popular songbird Wezi on this project has been a dream come true. He also shares that being on multiple billboards has been overwhelming and fulfilling but most importantly he is happy to be gaining an increasing amount of recognition and praise for his work. Discussing his role on the Zambian fashion scene, he shares that he is proud to learn that he has inspired people with his early success.
When asked about how he stays organised when provided with multiple design orders from clients, Peter shares that, “I value appointments and record keeping because it is serious work for me. I enjoy meeting respective clients and having detailed conversations on how they want their ideas brought to life.”
It is no secret that designers impact fashion trends and we wait in anticipation to see what they will create next. So I was excited when I asked Peter what’s next for him and he told me, “I have so many plans. I am working on taking House of PML to the international stage. I recently got nominated for The Nigerian Fashion Awards in Lagos and I’ll be traveling there in November. I am looking forward to collaborations and interviews that will take my brand to the next level. I have also been working with South African bloggers and creatives. I have seen a lot of designer’s push boundaries and that is why I am the only one who can take my brand to international platforms. Not even the sky is the limit.”
Peter Mwansa | @peter_mylife on Instagram
House of PML | @houseof_pml on Instagram