Twyg is pronounced twig which means “a new branch or shoot” or “getting wise”. Both these meanings are appropriate for the work we do. We create content, events and campaigns to promote a way of being that is sustainable, circular, regenerative, caring and ethical. We interface with consumers and producers to promote SDG12. We create digital content to inform, inspire and educate. Our stories feature people and products that don’t harm the planet nor people. We also create bespoke experiences, workshops and campaigns in collaboration with like-minded organisations.
We launched the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards in 2019 to celebrate designers who use sustainable practices and to promote their work to consumers.
Change is happening. Time is limited. We have to reduce inequality, poverty and carbon emissions fast. The time to do this is now. We’re cognisant of this urgency that’s why our work supports positive change. Twyg is a not-for-profit company. Read our manifesto here.
Founder & Editor
Jackie has worked in big and medium-sized mainstream media organisations for more than 20 years. She launched Twyg in 2018. At the core of the content she publishes on the platform is a commitment to exploring ways we can live well now while ensuring a kinder, inclusive, nature-friendly future for all. When she’s not producing content for her site, she works with Refashion Lab exploring inclusive and repurposed fashion. Jackie is a graduate of Stellenbosch University, University of South Africa and University of London. In 2020, she graduated with a PGDip from the Centre for Sustainability Transitions at Stellenbosch University. She is currently studying for an MPhil Sustainable Development.
Junior Fashion Editor
Tandekile Mkize is a fashion stylist with a distinct South African visual narrative. He contributes to a visual vernacular that intimates black love and limitless possibilities. His fashion and wardrobe styling has been featured in Jeremy Loops “In This town” music video featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo and multiple publications. He reflects the future of fashion as sustainable and champions local fashion brands and labels. Mkize is the artistic director of digital fashion production house, Thug Alchemy which is a space for mixed-media experimentation that especially empowers young black creatives through collaboration to develop a community of young, black creative talent.
Bekah Vogel was found outside the Dora Nginza Public Hospital in Port Elizabeth and became one of the first children of colour to be legally adopted by a white family in South Africa. She picked up a camera at the age of 10 and has been taking photos ever since. Bekah lived in ShenYang, China, for two years during which time she felt a sense of urgency with regards to sustainable living. She has worked as the head creative contributor for Romanian advertising agency, MASProduction and currently creates content for brands such as Queen B Spritzers, MyBru App, and RoyalJuice. Bekah is comfortable shooting models in a Cape Town studio and insects in rural Limpopo.
Catherine del Monte
Writer and Thinking Partner
After completing a masters in Public Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and witnessing the consumer excess of the ‘First World’, Emma returned to South Africa determined to counter casual throwaway culture and embrace living with care, conscience and conservation at heart. Raised by the needle and thread, and trained in ‘buying to last’, Emma now maintains an almost exclusively second-hand, vintage or locally produced capsule wardrobe and household. By day she works as an environmental and climate change consultant, designing adaptation interventions for global climate finance projects. Emma makes her own clothes.
Nobanzi Sokhuthu was born in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape where she was surrounded by mountains and brightly coloured dwellings. Her childhood dreams of becoming a biochemist or a pilot were diffused by reality. But these everyday realities motivated her to work hard. She graduated with a diploma in electronic engineering and worked as a teacher’s assistant before joining the Afrika Tikkun skills development program. Through this program she was placed as an intern with Twyg. Here, she ensures deadlines are met, projects are administrated and she produces content. Nobanzi likes a good challenge and to nourish her curiosity and learn new skills. She loves fashion, reading and watching movies.
Contributing Fashion Editor
Cape Town-based mythmaker and multi-hyphenate, works in fashion, film and phrasing. They create mythologies which seek to re-interpret the past to re-imagine a possible future, working as a creative director, stylist and fashion writer, wordsmith and filmmaker. Their directorial debut and the first in a series, CABIN FEVER, was released in 2020. Their contributions to Twyg are as much about unlearning what’s problematic as they are about learning solutions for community-based living. Ky’s work asks only one thing: that you look at the future with clear eyes: not what is or what has always been; but what should be and what can be. Where to from here? Let’s work that out together!