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All bets on House of Kallie
All bets on House of Kallie

In 2015 I decided to do a short eight-week beginners course in jewellery-making. I ended up with torn nails, bruised hands and an appreciation of the hard work done by creators behind this artform...

By Robin Fredericks 13 hours ago

Swiss watch exports tumble ahead of Basel trade fair
Swiss watch exports tumble ahead of Basel trade fair

The world's biggest watch fair will open in Switzerland this week, even as slumping exports of luxury Swiss timepieces appear to dash hopes...

1 day ago

Inside story - Mark Gieljoumie Jewelvest gemologist
Inside story - Mark Gieljoumie Jewelvest gemologist

Meet Mark Gieljoumie, one of Cape Town's leading certified gemologists...

Issued by The Diamond Works 1 day ago

#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality
#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality

‘Omnichannel' is not merely a business buzzword, it's the new retail reality. Amanda Herson, e-commerce director for the Cape Union Mart Group, shared her thoughts...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Luxury online shopping platform Italist launches in SA
Luxury online shopping platform Italist launches in SA

Italist, a large online shopping portal dedicated to selling luxury goods from Italy's multi-brand independent fashion retailers, has launched in SA...

3 days ago

Sinakho graduates sew their way to financial security
Sinakho graduates sew their way to financial security

The 15 women of the 2016 Sinakho Women and Youth Development Programme are ready to enter the world of fashion, after graduating this week...

17 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention
#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention

Millennials are known to be tech-savvy, socially engaged, have zero tolerance for delays and are always on the go...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Mar 2017

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Zara owner Inditex profits up on international drive

Spain's fashion retail giant Inditex, owner of popular brand Zara, said on Wednesday that its drive to expand internationally helped push up profits last year...

17 Mar 2017

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Retail insights from Design Indaba 2017

Fortunate enough to attend the 2017 Design Indaba and sit in to hear some of the most creative people in the world speak, I walked out with some insights...

By Gabrielle Mixon 16 Mar 2017

AFI celebrate a decade of design at #MBFWCT17
AFI celebrate a decade of design at #MBFWCT17

Set at the Camps Bay Sports Complex, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 tent will emulate the likes of Bryant Park for New York Fashion Week with a host of exciting experiences from 23 to 25 March 2017.

16 Mar 2017

Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya
Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya

Founded by Morteza Saifi and Evgeniya Khromina, Panâh is an ethical fashion production house based in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Mar 2017

South African odyssey: Part 2
South African odyssey: Part 2

Mark Mobius' take on the sluggish SA economy and the investment potential of the consumer sector...

By Mark Mobius 13 Mar 2017

French fashion house Chloe names Ramsay-Levi creative chief
French fashion house Chloe names Ramsay-Levi creative chief

Fashion house Chloe, previously overseen by such fashion superstars as Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, on Friday named Natacha Ramsay-Levi...

13 Mar 2017

Queenspark interim profit plummets from previous period
Queenspark interim profit plummets from previous period

Clothing retailer Queenspark reported interim profit of R3m for the six months to end-December – a fifth of the matching period's R15m...

By Robert Laing 13 Mar 2017

SARS unravels SA clothing industry: Tax leakages, job losses blamed on illegal imports
SARS unravels SA clothing industry: Tax leakages, job losses blamed on illegal imports

On Friday the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) will march on SARS headquarters in Pretoria...

By Marianne Thamm 10 Mar 2017

McCartney gives fashion gentle leathering over animal skins
McCartney gives fashion gentle leathering over animal skins

PARIS: Fashion designer Stella McCartney claimed that fake leather was now as good as the real thing on Monday as she charged into the animal cruelty debate...

9 Mar 2017

Fury over 'degrading' Saint Laurent ad campaign
Fury over 'degrading' Saint Laurent ad campaign

A new publicity campaign featuring painfully thin models in "degrading" poses for the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent sparked outrage on Monday...

7 Mar 2017

What's drawing South African consumers to premium products?
What's drawing South African consumers to premium products?

The latest Nielsen Global Premiumisation Survey indicates that 92% of South Africans are willing to pay an above-average price for products...

7 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Li Edelkoort on fashion, textile, home and horticulture trends for 2018
#DesignIndaba2017: Li Edelkoort on fashion, textile, home and horticulture trends for 2018

Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort is back at Design Indaba to present her annual trend seminar on fashion, textiles, bio-engineering, home and interior and design empathy. The seminar will take place on Saturday at the Artscape from 10-3pm...

3 Mar 2017

Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme
Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme

The Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) Grant Scheme, which sought to identify and empower female creativity across South Africa, has selected 15 finalists...

2 Mar 2017

Africa's first cashmere producer launches debut collection
Africa's first cashmere producer launches debut collection

Africa's first indigenous cashmere, produced from the local iMbuzi goat, was displayed as part of the Ivili Loboya launch at the Impact Hub in Rosebank...

2 Mar 2017

SA entrepreneur exhibits luxury scarf range at London Fashion Week
SA entrepreneur exhibits luxury scarf range at London Fashion Week

South African entrepreneur Bushera Bashir exhibited her luxury cashmere scarf range at London Fashion Week, which took place 18-19 February...

28 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Stacy Beukes puts a ring on Cape Flats culture and creativity
#DesignMonth: Stacy Beukes puts a ring on Cape Flats culture and creativity

Stacy Beukes is the curly-haired designer, manufacturer and owner of local jewellery brand A Ring To It. Raised on the Cape Flats...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Feb 2017

Autumn/winter catwalks gear for 'oversized' theme
Autumn/winter catwalks gear for 'oversized' theme

Catwalks will see a return to oversized fashion items this autumn/winter. This is according to Jackie May, editor at Marie Claire South Africa...

23 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo
#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo

As we slowly wise up to the negative effects our growing consumerism has on the environment, it could be argued that the most progressive design is that which is sustainable...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Feb 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Kgotso Letwaba
#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Kgotso Letwaba

Kgotso Letwaba, founder of fashion label The After Skool Life and one of Design Indaba's Emerging Creatives, creates activewear informed by his love of sport and street art. We chat to him about design and authentic storytelling for #DesignMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Feb 2017

Azzaro campaign lets shoppers Shazam a fragrance
Azzaro campaign lets shoppers Shazam a fragrance

Popular music recognition app Shazam and fashion and fragrance brand Azzaro announced last week the South African launch of ‘Wanted', a new fragrance for men...

20 Feb 2017

Woolies sees green shoots in Australia
Woolies sees green shoots in Australia

Woolworths says it is beginning to see some "green shoots" in its Australian operations, with significant changes in store for David Jones and Country Road Group...

By Colleen Goko 20 Feb 2017

The Style Group innovates with modern social media commerce
The Style Group innovates with modern social media commerce

Nigerian contemporary lifestyle retail group, The Style Group is offering fashion, accessories and design services via modern social media commerce. In the booming social media and e-commerce market of Nigeria, its model is a hit and is reaching thousands of Nigerians eager to shop online.

17 Feb 2017

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