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#AfricaMonth: The authentic design stories of Thandazani Nofingxana
#AfricaMonth: The authentic design stories of Thandazani Nofingxana

At only 21 years of age, Thandazani Nofingxana - a fashion and textile designer and one of the 2018 Design Indaba Top 40 Emerging Creatives - has already established a strong design aesthetic that draws from his culture and experience as a young African man.

By Ruth Cooper 14 May 2018

The big dreams of Skinny Sbu
The big dreams of Skinny Sbu

A sock collector from a tender age, Sibusiso Ngwenya started his own homegrown accessories brand, Skinny Sbu Socks, with just R70, his mother's encouragement and the desire to be Africa's answer to Tom Ford...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2018

#Newsmaker: Daniel Moleka to showcase 'Immortal' collection at first Cannes' Fashion Street Show
#Newsmaker: Daniel Moleka to showcase 'Immortal' collection at first Cannes' Fashion Street Show

SA's own Daniel Moleka has been invited to showcase his 'Immortal' collection at the inaugural Fashion Street Show at the Cannes Film Festival...

By Jessica Tennant 10 Apr 2018

#AFICTFW: MaXhosa by Laduma chats AW2018 collection
#AFICTFW: MaXhosa by Laduma chats AW2018 collection

Iconic fashion brand MaXhosa by Laduma, known for its signature bold and graphic knitwear designs, showcased their new Op Art-inspired Autumn/Winter collection at the recent AFI Fashion Week in Cape Town.

By Ruth Cooper 29 Mar 2018

Securing a future for fashion - in conversation with Jackie Burger
Securing a future for fashion - in conversation with Jackie Burger

The word 'pollution' may conjure up images of dirty waterways and smog-filled city skies but seldom is it realised that the clothing on our backs may be the product of a dirty and dehumanising supply chain...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Mar 2018

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Smart streetwear with Sol-Sol

South African fashion label Sol-Sol's signature brand of smart casual streetwear is founded on a commitment to great fit, fabric and design...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Mar 2018

Menswear in Africa: bold, brave and patriotic
Menswear in Africa: bold, brave and patriotic

African fashion is seeing growing recognition abroad, and menswear, in particular, has become bolder, more expressive and less restricted by social norms...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Feb 2018

Aleksandra Gosiewski
#DesignIndaba2018: The next generation of fashion is biology

New York-based Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and biomaterials research company AlgiKnit co-founder and COO Aleksandra Gosiewski gave a thought-provoking presentation at Design Indaba on Wednesday on why they, at AlgiKnit, believe that biology is the future of fashion and their revolutionary work in their search for a sustainable product...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Feb 2018

2Bop's Anthony Smith on fostering the spirit of community in fashion
2Bop's Anthony Smith on fostering the spirit of community in fashion

Cape Town-based clothing label 2Bop started its life in 2004 as a way to turn a passion for classic video games into a form of expression...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Feb 2018

Littlegig 2018 delivers on the hype
Littlegig 2018 delivers on the hype

Respect and a thousand thank you's to every single soul involved in Littlegig 2018 festival. Apart from the online hype, I had no real expectations, which is always the best way to have them surpassed and Littlegig does...

By Terry Levin 19 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: The rise of authentic fashion
#BizTrends2018: The rise of authentic fashion

Authenticity, inclusivity and conscious consumption are the major themes and buzzwords for 2018. Jackie Burger, salonniere of Salon 58, editor-at-large and style influencer unpacks these fashion trends and more.

By Jackie Burger 8 Jan 2018

#ATFexpo17: Challenges and opportunities facing SA's clothing retailers
#ATFexpo17: Challenges and opportunities facing SA's clothing retailers

While the demise of physical retail abroad is sure to cast a shadow on the plans of local counterparts, Brett Kaplan believes the long-term outlook for local apparel retail is a good news story...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Dec 2017

Retailers to watch this Black Friday, Cyber Monday
Retailers to watch this Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Retailers and consumers alike are readying themselves for snaking queues and extended shopping hours in-store and online this Black Friday, falling on 24 November this year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Nov 2017

SA's Wezart helps African artists sell to world
SA's Wezart helps African artists sell to world

South African art and fashion marketplace Wezart is helping African artists and designers sell to the rest of the world via its e-commerce platform...

By Tom Jackson 14 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Fashion meets chocolate in Rich Factory-Aero collaboration
#EntrepreneurMonth: Fashion meets chocolate in Rich Factory-Aero collaboration

With its unique silhouettes and colourful African prints, Rich Factory designs demand attention. The creative force and founder of the brand is Zambian-born, South Africa-dwelling Rina Chunga...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Discovering young designers with the SAFW New Talent Search
#EntrepreneurMonth: Discovering young designers with the SAFW New Talent Search

South African Fashion Week (SAFW) will be showcasing 53 2018 autumn/winter collections at the Sandton City Rooftop in Johannesburg on 24 October 2017.

By Ruth Cooper 18 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: A premium African surf brand with global appeal
#EntrepreneurMonth: A premium African surf brand with global appeal

Little over a year ago, three friends with thriving creative careers embarked on a mission to combine their love of Africa with their passion for surfing...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: The Joinery's journey to create a sustainable future for fashion
#InnovationMonth: The Joinery's journey to create a sustainable future for fashion

Cape Town-based ethical fashion and lifestyle brand, The Joinery, is trailblazing the local sustainable business scene...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: A new way of retail with Now Showing
#InnovationMonth: A new way of retail with Now Showing

Now Showing is a constantly evolving boutique store, gallery and events space that recently opened its doors at 109 Waterkant Street in Cape Town.

By Ruth Cooper 20 Sep 2017

#WomensMonth: Janine Binneman - a gem in local jewellery design
#WomensMonth: Janine Binneman - a gem in local jewellery design

Jeweller, gemologist and entrepreneur Janine Binneman is using her thriving Cape Town business to empower women...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: #MBFWJ17 profile on Leigh Shubert
#WomensMonth: #MBFWJ17 profile on Leigh Shubert

Local fashion designer Leigh Shubert will be showcasing her latest Spring/Summer collection at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Joburg Fashion Week. We got in touch with her to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 16 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: Four decades of formidable fashion with Marianne Fassler
#WomensMonth: Four decades of formidable fashion with Marianne Fassler

With a career spanning 40 years, Marianne Fassler remains a formidable force in SA fashion...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 14 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: Ruff Tung launches inclusive collection
#WomensMonth: Ruff Tung launches inclusive collection

Local fashion label Ruff Tung will be launching their new inclusive collection at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Joburg Fashion Week. The collection aims to create quality garments for women of all sizes.

By Ruth Cooper 8 Aug 2017

#Homesewn: K-Way's lean local manufacturing machine
#Homesewn: K-Way's lean local manufacturing machine

South Africa's clothing and textile industry has seen some trying times. In the past 15 years, jobs in the local sector have decreased from 200,000 to 19,000...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 10 Jul 2017

#YouthMonth: Fashion brand Jota-Kena's young, conscious co-founders
#YouthMonth: Fashion brand Jota-Kena's young, conscious co-founders

Cape Town-based 'slow fashion' brand Jota-Kena recently released its AW17 collection, which combines a colour palette reminiscent of the 1970's...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Fresh fashion with RedThread Apparel X
#YouthMonth: Fresh fashion with RedThread Apparel X

RedThread Apparel X, a fashion line started by three (currently still in) high school friends offers contemporary and fashion forward looks for young men. We spoke to co-founder Daniel Moleka for #YouthMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 6 Jun 2017

Inner Secrets Lingerie ventures online
Inner Secrets Lingerie ventures online

Upmarket swimwear, lingerie and shape wear retailer Inner Secrets Lingerie used its 11th birthday to announce and celebrate the launch its online store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Jun 2017

Fashionably conscious: Salon 58 and H&M collaborate on conscious collection
Fashionably conscious: Salon 58 and H&M collaborate on conscious collection

H&M and Salon 58 recently joined forces to launch the Conscious Exclusive Collection. This line only utilises recycled and sustainably created materials and aims to educate customers on their fashion footprint.

By Ruth Cooper 9 May 2017

Fashionably conscious: H&M launches Conscious Exclusive Collection
Fashionably conscious: H&M launches Conscious Exclusive Collection

Consumers are becoming more conscious of where their food, beauty products and clothing is coming from, how it is produced...

By Ruth Cooper 4 May 2017

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 23 Mar 2017

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