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 internship to Milan through the DFF proved a pivotal point in her career and helped her create both a brand and rapidly growing business that has been recognised both locally and internationally; and which she sees as a legacy for her children who play a big role in her business.

Since 2014, she has gone on to participate in the We Are Africa show in May 2015, SAFW 2015, the Vodacom July 2015, Dundee July 2015, DFF 2015 and the Food meets Fashion show hosted by KZNFC. She became a finalist in the GQ collaboration with SAFW and show cased at Hyde Park and participated in the buyers’ lounge.

In response to the opportunity she was given through her Milan internship, she has committed to mentoring and training young designers and trying to make a positive impact in the fashion Industry in Durban.

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