The 10 young designers at Soulart recycle waste, turning it into artful, sought-after items. They work under the genial eye of founder Brian Sibusiso Mokhachane, who says his initiative is helping to create jobs and tackle drug abuse and littering.
Through his Vukani Awards and mentorship strengths, Sonwabile Ndamase is helping to put South African fashion design on a global footing. Each year, entrants into the awards get to showcase their designs. Winners receive mentorship and access to national fashion weeks.
Sam Mensah found out that it is better to give than receive: in giving gifts he received success in return, after he saw the potential market for African garments and designs around the world. A significant element of the business is to present a more truthful picture of the continent.
An initiative to identify the good men of Africa who play a role in business and their community was launched in Johannesburg. These men will use this platform to share ideas and brainstorm how they can combat challenges.
Helping others to help themselves can be as simple as saving your used tea bags. The women of Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, Cape Town recycle them to make art and earn a living.
The first fashion film festival in South Africa has been planned for Cape Town. Submissions have been called for the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival. And the winning film will be nominated for the International Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood.
Some of the country's top designers took their spring/summer 2014 collections to South African Fashion Week. It set the tone for the next season in bright colours and natural fabrics, and featured a first-time partnership with Universal Music South Africa.
The designer meets the choreographer, and together they make happy music. Black Coffee's Jacques van der Watt and Vuyani's Gregory Maqoma have worked together for more than a decade, culminating in a performance of purity and distortion, a surreal journey from outer space to the landscapes of Earth.
Johannesburg, 5 September 2013 – Brand South Africa congratulated South African award winning designer David Tlale on his showing at the New York Fashion Week earlier today.