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.
Driven by a passion for quality, creativity and craftsmanship, Zarth has dressed many businesses women, dignitaries, politicians and celebrities. The brand’s design philosophy is one of timeless style infused with a dash of modernity. Inspired by ancient and contemporary cultures, Zarth balances the old and the new.
Zarth made its debut at Fashion By The Sea 2012 and was then invited to take part in the Vodacom Durban July 2012. Showing at the Durban Fashion Fair 2013 was a defining moment for the young brand which saw Mathe earn an internship to Milan where she not only attended Milan Fashion Week but obtained a Certificate in Textiles and Fashion. She also interned with Angela Atelier, a couturier for Versace, Valentino, Cavalli, Armani Prive and Prada.
At the DFF 2015, Zarth was named DFF Designer of the Year; and was invited to showcase at Ghana Fashion Week, amongst others. The brand has also featured in numerous magazines including O, Destiny and Forbes Woman Africa.
Zarth’s community outreach programs include mentoring young designers under the National Youth Development Enterprise mentorship program. In early 2016, Zarth partnered with the Mazisi Kunene Foundation to help raise funds for outreach programs.