Sunday Times Top Tailoring piece for the April 2019 Made In SA issue:-
Q & A’s:
Who are the stand out SA designers and clothing, in your opinion? Why – what do they do that’s made them so successful?
Too many to mention but as an advocate of slow, sustainable design and being conscientious about ethical production, Craig Jacob’s amazing work with his label Fundudzi has caught my attention. I have loads of admiration for designers who are encouraging the shift towards ‘slow fashion’ and those who evangelize ethical fashion. Fundudzi eco-friendly fashion line is ‘made in SA’ from locally sourced cashmere, bamboo, soy, corn and organic cotton from Lesotho. The brand also collaborates with local craftspeople incorporating time-honoured crafts in its fashion line.
Have any SA designers really made it overseas? Why or Why not? Who?
Laduma Ngxokolo’s culturally relevant textile and knitwear label MaXhosa has been a firm favourite on the international fashion scene for years and he is known for taking South Africa’s rich heritage to the global stage. His globally appraised knitwear range is inspired by his traditional Xhosa culture – a blend of heritage, tradition and authentic design. Laduma Ngxokolo is a renowned, forward thinking designer that has seen success with both his fashion and homeware range. His successful design collaborations has elevated his profile both locally and internationally.
What are the brands to watch and why?
Laduma Ngxokolo’s MaXhosa is a work of art and definitely a brand to watch as it grows from strength to strength. I get a heightened sense of pride when I see local designers celebrating their roots with their heritage redefined as a valuable cultural currency.