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#EntrepreneurMonth: Traditional textiles from Turkey, with love
#EntrepreneurMonth: Traditional textiles from Turkey, with love

The hammam towel is a perennial Turkish accessory that's prized for its myriad of uses. Said to have been traditionally used in the super-hot Turkish baths, they needed to be durable and good at drying...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Nov 2018

David Tlale chats about his Nelson Mandela centenary celebration showcase
David Tlale chats about his Nelson Mandela centenary celebration showcase

Renowned fashion designer David Tlale showcased his biggest collection yet - a 100-model, 100-look runway, to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela - at the recent AFI Joburg Fashion Week...

By Ruth Cooper 15 Oct 2018

Orapeleng Modutle chats Joburg Fashion Week and Forbes 30
Orapeleng Modutle chats Joburg Fashion Week and Forbes 30

We chat to go-to-designer-for-the-stars, Orapeleng Modutle, about his spring/summer showcase seen at AFI as well as his reaction to being recently listed as one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 African Creatives...

By Ruth Cooper 8 Oct 2018

Chanel buys British swimwear brand Orlebar Brown
Chanel buys British swimwear brand Orlebar Brown

French luxury house Chanel has acquired British tailored swimwear brand Orlebar Brown for an undisclosed sum...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Oct 2018

Michael Kors grows luxury portfolio with $2bn Versace acquisition
Michael Kors grows luxury portfolio with $2bn Versace acquisition

One year after buying Jimmy Choo, US fashion company Michael Kors is acquiring Italian luxury goods house Versace for $2.1 billion...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Sep 2018

Cassandra Twala on this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair
Cassandra Twala on this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

Jessica Tennant interviews fair curator Cassandra Twala to find out more about her involvement in the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair over the years and what she's most excited about this year...

By Jessica Tennant 21 Sep 2018

Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide
Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide

Jekyll and Hide founder Bernard Bultemeier talks luxury leather, global expansion, the challenges facing independent retail today and why we'll all be wearing backpacks soon...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Sep 2018

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. Photo: Antonio Fiorente
#WomensMonth: An entrepreneur with a lot of heart and sole

Whether its shoes, leather goods, coffee or healthy snacks, serial entrepreneur, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, has the Midas touch when it comes to transforming quintessential Ethiopian products into global brands...

By Nicci Botha 13 Aug 2018

#YouthMonth: Zaid Osman on his sneaker hustle turned roaring success
#YouthMonth: Zaid Osman on his sneaker hustle turned roaring success

Entrepreneur and social innovator Zaid Osman is one of the driving forces behind South Africa's vibrant sneaker culture...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jun 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: Lessons from K-Way's lean turnaround
#SourceAfrica2018: Lessons from K-Way's lean turnaround

K-Way has been lauded as exemplary in its approach to boosting the local clothing manufacturing sector. But 14 years ago, the company was approaching the brink of closure...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Jun 2018

Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria
Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria

Puma and MIT Design Lab have been collaborating on a research project that looks at how bacteria can be used within sportswear design to improve performance and sustainability...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Jun 2018

#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

Mathew Kieser. Image credit:
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

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