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7 South African designers to watch

It’s time to get familiar with the young South African designers, who formed part of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives programme for 2018.

Shelley Mokoena Designers to watch


The University of Cape Town graduate has a Masters of Philosophy in Human Rights Law as well as a budding interest in the fashion scene. Her swimwear and activewear brand is called Shweshwekini, and it is all about merging contemporary style with traditional textiles and representing her African culture.


Sakhile Cebekulu is a mixed media artist and fashion designer. His fashion label, SASH, was unveiled at AFI, Joburg Fashion Week last week. He said in a recent Nataal interview: “Growing up in the city I didn’t feel connected to my culture, so this collection brings urbanism together with Zulu heritage.”



Wandile Leeu is a designer who is inspired by different representations of African culture. He is the founder of I RUN JHB, an urban fashion label that represents that Joburg’s streetwear culture.



This young designer has focused her entire range on black women in society who are mistreated and underrepresented. At only 22-years old, Ntombegugu’s has already debuted a popular fashion range called the Golden State Of Mind.



This 24-year-old has already reached heights of success with her clothing line Prime Obsession that she co-founded with her colleague Kenielwa Motoa. Shelley is not only into fashion design, but also interior design for which she studied and is pursuing a career in.

Prime Obsession SS17 | ph: @jefflovesphotography

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Adapted from Design Indaba. Read the original here. 

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