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#AfricaMonth: Alain Dos Santos on growing Montblanc's luxury legacy in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Alain Dos Santos on growing Montblanc's luxury legacy in Africa

While a growing number of international brands are waking up to the promise of Africa as a valuable market for luxury goods, Montblanc has been steadily growing its presence on the continent for close to 30 years...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 May 2019

The homegrown heritage of Grasshoppers shoes
The homegrown heritage of Grasshoppers shoes

Celebrating 160 years in the industry, Grasshoppers shoes have transcended generations to remain one of South Africa's favourite homegrown footwear brands...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 May 2019

#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling
#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling

Immaculately-dressed, globe-trotting and adorably doll-like, Noonoouri has made an enviable splash in the world of high fashion - but she only exists on the web...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Apr 2019

#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma
#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma

The striking textile and knitwear designs conceived by South African golden boy Laduma Ngxokolo are not simply stylish collectables, they're vehicles of cultural preservation...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa
#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa

The fifth annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference kicked off in Cape Town yesterday, bringing some of the biggest names in global luxury to African soil...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Apr 2019

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies
Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies

Celebrated fashion designer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 19 Feb 2019

Zando's coming of age
Zando's coming of age

Zando launched in 2012 as an online shoe retailer when e-commerce in SA was very much in its infancy. Fast-forward to 2019, the business has transformed into an ever-expanding fashion marketplace...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Feb 2019

Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki eyes growth in South Africa
Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki eyes growth in South Africa

Turkish-based global fashion chain LC Waikiki has just opened its third South African store. The new branch, located at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, follows store openings in Menlyn Park and Sandton City...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Dec 2018

RunwaySale's runaway success
RunwaySale's runaway success

RunwaySale was born from a love of affordable designer brands. The two dynamos behind this business combined their international experience to give South Africans access to premium brands...

By Eugene Yiga 13 Dec 2018

#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion
#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion

With a quick-throwaway culture defining the fast fashion era, investing in quality, handcrafted goods that are designed to last is one way consumers can shop more sustainably...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2018

Fashion blogger, Aqeelah Harron-Ally.
Blogging success: Find ways to add value to the lives of others

Aqeelah Harron-Ally, one of South Africa's first fashion bloggers, shares how she still manages to keep her content fresh and relevant...

By Juanita Pienaar 26 Nov 2018

#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

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