Zimbili Shezi

Zimbili Shezi is the designer behind the ZimbyLees Apparel ladies wear label. She discovered her love for fashion during her school years but followed her parents' wishes and studied nursing. Unable to turn her back on her passion, she enrolled at and graduated from the Sizanani Academy of Sewing and Fashion Design in 2013. She…

Tayla Horn

“The most important aspect about the fashion industry is being relevant, you have to produce something that is not currently available and you have to create a need for your specific product. That is how business and work together – the creativity to produce the unimagined and the business sense to stay relevant and in demand.”

S’duduzo Su-Ellen Shezi

“I am inspired by a variety of things, including my personal experiences, architecture, nature and culture. I really can’t pin-point one source of inspiration. It could be something as small as a paint drop one minute and, the next minute, something as extravagant as the Nelson Mandela Bridge.”

Mbalenhle Mkhumbeni

“I draw from everything around me. Sometimes I draw from nature and sometimes my designs have a social conscience message. My third year range was inspired by the black diamond, and the colours found in the diamond which range from black to tones of grey and white. My collection tried to highlight the corruption of the human soul, how its once pure form (white) has be darkened and corrupted by greed and a hunger for money, seeing innocent blood spilled all over the continent of Africa.”