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The Covid coat offers upcycled protection
Cape Town-based design and manufacturing studio, The Sewing Café, is taking care of front-liners and commuters to help keep them safe with these affordable, practical, comfortable and easy-to-sanitise coats and ...
Transcript: Interview with SACTUW’s Etienne Vlok about the retail and textile masterplan
On Wednesday, 3 June, editor-in-chief of Twyg Magazine, Jackie May was in conversation with SACTWU’s National Industrial Policy Officer, Etienne Vlok to discuss the retail, clothing, textile, footwear and leather ...
The best sustainable materials for your face mask
Since face masks have become a mandatory wardrobe staple in South Africa, the clothing industry has been rapidly fashioning face masks out of all kinds of material from pillowcases, old ...
Q&A: Makhosazane Sekgwama transforms T-shirt waste into designer homeware
Inspired by the KwaZulu-Natal landscapes, Makhosazane Sekgwama crochets baskets, pot plant covers, pouffes, throws and rugs using recycled cotton fabric from waste fabric. The philosophy of Makhosazane’s brand, Rosa Handmade, ...
Lagos Fashion Week: Highlights from Woven Threads
The fourth annual edition of Woven Threads, held last month, was a fully digital event. Because of the global pandemic, studio visits, talks and workshops highlighting the work of ten ...
Global Fashion’s Underbelly Is On Show This Season
On show this season are not new summer trends, but the fashion industry’s nasty underbelly. What is being done to address this? Here are three encouraging actions that been taken. ...
Q&A: Nkwo Onwuka’s fashion brand is driven by the philosophy of less
Nkwo is the founder founder and creative director of the Nigerian artisanal clothing brand NKWO. The environmentally-conscious brand is rooted in ‘the philosophy of less’. ...
How IAMISIGO weaves stories to decolonise the mind
The IAMISIGO mission is to decolonise the mind thoroughly. Creative director Babu Ogisi finds little-known historical stories in remote African communities and applies these to fibres and garments, “as a ...
Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother
We asked 6 sustainable fashion designers to send us photos of them with their mothers, and to tell us about what their mothers mean to them. ...
Q&A: Designer Fezokuhle Dimba wants to make the world a better place
Durban-based designer Fezokuhle Dimba turns waste plastic and scraps of fabric into edgy afro-centric looks. Raised and nurtured by women who not only adored fashion but crafted their own clothes, ...
The Stylist’s Role in Sustainability
While designers and a handful of executives are applauded and scrutinised about sustainability, fashion is a team sport. Stylists, who are key to this team, are in a powerful position ...
Q&A Nombuso Khanyile treads lightly with Afrikan Passion Designs
Nombuso Khanyile, a Durban-based designer and BSC Biochemistry and Microbiology graduate, stitches her heart and soul into handmade leather products  which are upcycled from tyre and plastic material.   Afrikan Passion ...
Q&A: St Reign’s founder Samkelisiwe Mhlongo explains vegtan leather
St Reign is a minimalist leather lifestyle brand inspired by slick, simple, clean lines that make for timeless statement pieces. Founder Samkelisiwe Mhlongo uses vegtan leather pieces. Vegtan is leather that is tanned ...
Q&A with designer Siphelele Ntombela about his African Renaissance Collection
African Renaissance Collection celebrates the aesthetic traditions of the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swati tribes.  Head designer of the brand and Design Indaba 2020 emerging creative Siphelele Ntombela studied textile ...
Vogue Italia’s blank cover suggests an infinite sadness and the beginning of a new story
The cover of Vogue Italia’s April 2020 edition is blank. Gone is the original cover photograph, which showed a model wearing a blue-checked Louis Vuitton twin suit against a blue ...

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