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Q&A: Ezokhetho designer, Mpuelelo Dhlamini cuts to cut down waste
Mpuelelo Dhlamini was born with creativity flowing through his veins. Growing up surrounded by hard-working, fashionable women, this creativity was nurtured, cultivated, and has culminated into his luxury ready-to-wear brand, ...
VANKLAN is marrying creativity with conservation
Alex van Heerden, a 22-year-old fashion and textile design student, has caught the industry’s attention. Alex’s fashion journey began later than most. Fresh out school, she was set to follow ...
Fashion brands Lukhanyo Mdingi and REIGN step into the global market
Two South African brands, REIGN and Lukhanyo Mdingi, recently completed an accelerator programme with the Ethical Fashion Initiative. As part of a cohort of six hand-picked African fashion brands from ...
Kate Sekules: “Mending is a rebellion against the status quo”
New York-based visible mender, Kate Sekules, writes that decorative repair encompasses “a rebellion against the fashion status quo, a refusal to dress correctly, and thus a refusal to further line ...
4 Ethical underwear brands made in South Africa
Spring has sprung and for many it means a closet clean-out. When it comes to curating a conscious closet, underwear can be tricky. While your old drawers can be darned ...
Q&A: Denzel Vilakazi launched NESU as an expression of being African
South African designer Denzel Vilakazi studied Fashion Design at the Tshwane University of Technology. After placing second at the Sansui Summer Cup in Gauteng in 2017, the Edcon Group pulled ...
Exhibition of wearable art sews together parallel stories of Settler history
The Cuttings 1820 – 2020 exhibition, a tribute to South African women and their histories, is a symbolically-charged collaborative exhibition by artist, Pippa Hetherington and the Keiskamma Art Project exploring ...
Q&A: Cynthia Otiyo-Abila upcyles old jeans into funky, new ones
“Waste isn’t waste until we waste it,” says American rapper Will.I.Am. This sentiment is exactly what has inspired Cynthia Otiyo-Abila’s new side project called ‘TRANSFORMATION DECLOTHED’. The Nigeria-based denim designer ...
Q&A: Ditiro Mashigo follows her dreams and grounds them in nature
Fashion and textile designer Ditiro Mashigo has a quiet confidence. Born in the Limpopo town of Lebowakgomo, Ditiro moved to Pretoria in 1994 where she graduated from the Tshwane University ...
Study reveals real value of South African fashion designers. Be pleasantly surprised
South Africa’s fashion designers, many of whom follow slow fashion principles, contributed at least R1 billion to GDP last year. They also show great potential to help rejuvenate manufacturing and ...
Q&A: Jeanius Platform on becoming an artivist during lockdown
Langa-based designer and photographer Anele Cephus Nono launched his denim brand, Jeanius Platform, as a social movement in 2016. With friends, he started it to raise awareness about student issues ...
REEFER lights up its new branding with hemp sneaker
South African sneaker brand, Corks was the first of its kind in South Africa to release a shoe range made out of cork. Now, the company has launched its unisex ...
Q&A: Floyd Avenue says an African way of life is the most eco-friendly
When asked what his top three eco-brands are, Floyd Manotoano responded, all things African. Here he tells us more about his influences, challenges and plans for the future. ...
South Africa’s coolest denim brand launches womenswear
Like many businesses during COVID-19, TSHEPO Jeans has innovated its operations. Besides his bricks and mortar boutique store and atelier at Victoria Yards in Johannesburg, designer Tshepo Mohlala’s jeans and ...
Q&A: Research Unit takes a long view on sustainability
Chad and Erin-Lee Petersen launched Cape Town-based utilitarian lifestyle brand, Research Unit in 2011. Nine years later, the couple showcased their debut womenswear collection entitled 'Pilgrim' at the SA Fashion ...

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