Zama Mathe

Zarth is a luxury brand that is distinguished by its stylistic originality. Founded in 2009, by owner and head designer Zama Mathe, the company was formally established in 2012 to cater for the Durban market. Now in its fourth year, Zarth has evolved into a creative design house employing a fully qualified team of professionals.…

Warren Morck

After a nine year sabbatical from design, Warren Morck, who lives in Hillcrest, is now back in full force. After graduating from the then Technikon Natal in 1994, Morck built a name for himself and a successful career in fashion. In his spare time, he did fashion editing for local magazines, fashion show production and,…

Vanessa Pillay

Vanessa Pillay launched her menswear label, Hombre’, at the 2014 DFF. She grew up in Chatsworth and studied fashion design at the then ML Sultan Technikon. She was not only inspired by her passion for ballroom dancing but also by the fact that her father was a tailor and her mother a dressmaker. Winning an…

Thula Sindi

Bringing runway looks direct to the retail floor, the THULA SINDI brand – which includes work wear, cocktail and occasion wear – is known for being well made, intelligently-designed and well-priced. Thula Sindi matriculated from the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg in 2001 and then went on to study at the London International…

Thokozani Mbatha

Black Pepper was established in 2002 by Thokozani Mbatha with the aim of creating a contemporary range that expressed change and the lively aspirations of modern day lovers of fashion. It draws on the rich vocabulary of African and Bantu heritage with his birthplace, the Drakensberg Mountains, and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park as some of…

Terrence Bray

Terrence Bray is an internationally recognised multi award winning designer. He creates bespoke garments for men and women as well as a seasonal ready to wear range that is available at select boutiques and online. His success is based in a firm and distinctive design philosophy - to strive for the best quality and design…

Skye van Wyk

After completing her honours degree in Fashion and Textiles at Durban University of Technology, Skye van Wyk started working in the retail sector of the fashion industry for a large commercial retailer. She gained a huge amount of experience and, after several years, left to start her own label, Pengelly Clothing. Pengelly Clothing has been…

Siyabonga Ntini

Siyabonga Ntini’s label, Ralfe, is modern and his women’s wear range for this year’s DFF focuses on the importance of the women, celebrating their “girliness”, strength, flaws and other nuances. Overall, the brand draws on avant-garde influences and a meta-modernist approach. He loves tonal colours and “anything light and airy”. He launched his brand in…

Sandile Mlambo

Born in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal, Sandile Mlambo is a Durban raised and self-taught fashion designer who founded House of Alfalfa. His interest in fashion design began at an early age when he started altering his own clothes - tearing garments apart, wanting to know how they were made and, in the process, teaching himself how…

Quiteria Kekana & George Malelu

Haute couture designers QUITERIA & GEORGE (Quiteria Kekana & George Malelu) have been invited to showcase for the first time at Durban Fashion Fair. They are working on a 20 piece collection. The collection is inspired by the next generation of creative’s, be it the models, actors, crofters and many others in the creative field.…

Mxolisi Luke Mkhize

Born and raised in Durban, Mxolisi Luke Mkhize graduated from UKZN with a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Industrial Organisational and Labour Studies. However, his love for fashion has won the day. He taught himself tailoring and fashion design, raising interest when wearing his own creations. This saw the birth…

Paledi Segapo

Founded by Paledi Segapo in 2010 in Johannesburg, PALSE has a design style that embraces modern classics that are sophisticated, wearable, and accessible with diffusion. Segapo, a former business analyst, lecturer turned fashion designer, holds a master of business in leadership (MBL) qualification with a dissertation entitled growth strategies within the fashion enterprise. In 2015,…

Muzi Innocent Mlambo

Mita-N Dzyns is the brand of Durban based designer named Muzi Mlambo. Passionate about fashion and highly ambitious, Mlambo started out without any formal training. He had developed a love for fine art during his high school days and honed his technical skills with the help of his mother who was a machinist. His brand…

Musawenkosi Sebeko

Musawenkosi Sebeko hails from Osizweni in Newcastle. His brand, Afro Amanno, was founded in 2013. Taken from being “proudly African”, it embraces the past African man shifting to a modern lifestyle. He designs for a new generation of men who embrace difference cultures and set trends. Every outfit exhibits emotion and inspiration and attention to…