The long time-in-the-making (twelve years, to be exact) biography of designer Ozwald Boateng, A Man’s Story, was finally released in the US earlier this month. Initially premiering in select theaters, it is now available now on iTunes. Varon Bonicos' film follows Mr. Boateng for 12 years, beginning in 1998, giving the viewer an intensely personal view of Boateng's two passions – his family and his business, including his appointment as Creative Director of Menswear at Givenchy in 2004.
Boateng, who has not yet become a mainstream name in America, has been a celebrity in his own rite in the UK for years. The most stunning parts of the film shed light on the moments of true dichotomy in Boateng's career, his widely acclaimed runway shows and the opening of his flagship store on London’s Saville Row, which is stocked full of his trademark exuberantly colored suits, to the theft of an entire collection in 1999 and the toll that the personal sacrifice that Boateng's level of dedication as a design took on his personal life. Ultimately, it is a riveting and inspiring portrait of the most fascinating designer you probably haven’t heard of.