It’s time we start supporting the local fashion industry by actually buying pieces from local designers. Not only will you feel assured that you’re investing in a quality item, but you’ll also be bagging a unique piece that not everyone has. Don’t know where to start? Luckily, our fashion editor has a list…
From jewellery to clothes, these designer brands will look great in your wardrobe! And be sure to let us know about any other local designers you’re loving at the moment and let’s keep the ‘love local’ circle growing.
VEERS Handmade Jewellery by Vera du Toit
If you’re looking for bespoke, hand-crafted treasures, you should definitely check out VEERS. In 2012, Vera started creating stunning pieces of jewellery using a wide range of metals and precious stones, experimenting with different techniques and finishings. Since then, Vera has broadened the VEERS range to include leather accessories such as handbags, wallets and belts. Keep an eye out for the VEERS collection on 8th Avenue.
Michion by Michelle Heslop
With the aim of simplifying women’s closets and making getting dressed a whole lot easier, Michion is one brand every South African woman can get behind! Loved for her one-piece staples, Michelle Heslop’s dresses and jumpsuits will surely become your favourite go-to. You can also shop Michelle’s designs on 8th Avenue.
Lazuli by Layla Cassima
Probably the most well know designer on this list, Lazuli showcased at AFI in 2014 and has been steadily climbing the fashion ranks ever since. Founded and designed by Layla Cassima, Lazuli is the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated. Having founded Lazuli while also studying medicine, Layla shows that all things are possible through hard work and dedication.
Thabo was born in Lesotho and grew up in South Africa. Her culture strongly influences her aesthetic drawing from the traditional Sotho blanket design to create everything from coats and dresses to bracelets and hats. Check out her website www.thabomakhetha.com for a list of stockists around SA.
Mo’ko Elosa is the brainchild of Belgian-born, South African-raised designer Julia M’poko. She does what most designers shy away from; designing for both men and women – and she does it well. The minimalistic, modern and tailored clothing perfectly marries global influence and African inspiration.
If you’re looking for unique and affordable jewellery, then InKaturah is the brand you have been searching for. Phathi Katurah studied architecture but soon started hand making jewellery – and InKaturah was born. Her stunning pieces are now available at The Space or you can contact her directly for delivery across South Africa.
Up and coming designers are taking minimal luxe to the next level. And Tamara Cherie is as good as the best when it comes to constructing beautiful garments with lavish fabrics. These are true investment buys with timeless silhouettes.
Talia was born in Namibia but is of mixed heritage – and this translates to her distinctive handbag designs. Drawing inspiration, as well as fabrics and textiles, from the African landscape, Talia Strates has managed to stand out from the sea of leather handbag brands.