Thulisiwe Zakwe, the designer for RUUTZ, is one of the 2015 Fashion mentee’s showcasing her men’s and ladies wear collection in the Durban Fashion Fair Next Generation Show.

From Illovo, Zakwe studied Fashion Design at the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion and says that culture is her inspiration for design. She describes her style as ethnic, African and vintage with a colour palette of green, peach and cream.

For her, being part of the DFF has given her a chance to associate with others and widen her customer base.

“It feels good to be a part of the DFF this year and I have learnt many skills from the workshops,” she said. “What I found most beneficial were the workshops on finishing a garment.”

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