Who makes Your Clothes?
This month Fashion Without Borders (FWB) focuses on the theme ‘True Fashion and Lifestyle Movement’ as it aims to reduce the widening fashion gap between international and local designers.
With a wealth of talented African designers emerging in the fashion world, FWB asks the question, ‘Who makes your Clothes?’ and urges fashion-conscious consumers to show their support by buying local.
This week we profile a number of FWB designers whose exciting clothing lines could soon become the height of fashion. Their designs will be showcased at this years FWB fashion show at The Three Chief’s Monument, CBD Gaborone on 7 May 2016.
A Fashion designer and entrepreneur, with a degree in Fashion and Design from Vaal University of Technology in South Africa, Luhila’s RETRO FUSION creation is adventurous and daring. With an Afrocentric touch, the classy collection embodies elegance and boldness and includes African print fabrics, loud, vibrant colours and modern trends. As well as the modern twist, the line takes inspiration from past eras, from the 1950s through to the 70’s, cleverly incorporating the cuts, shapes and sizes of those periods into the collection.
Established in 2010, the Francistown based company is run by local designers, Gift Lajini and Oganne Buitsile. The versatile duo design the latest fashionable wear as well as both industrial and leisure wear, school uniforms, corporate uniforms and lingerie. Apara Clothing renders services to other local private companies, schools, mines and various government departments at reasonable prices.
Nature, mostly trees, and the fundamental sources of life, from food to oxygen, are what inspires Eulena Nompumelelo’s creative stimulus. Her material predominantly consists of natural flora and fauna. Named as one of the best designers in her province, Mpumalanga, this will be her first international appearance as a designer at the Fashion Without Borders fashion show.