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6 Clothing labels launched by SA girl bosses

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It is #WomensMonth and time to acknowledge that SA is home to super talented, female clothing designers.

Take a loot at six South African clothing labels, run by powerful local women, that stood out from the rest of the brands we looked at in 2018.


1. Khosi Nkosi at YDE

The brainchild of Nobukhosi Nkosi, this brand came to life in 2008 after Nkosi won a Young Designers Competition. The brand name is derived from the Zulu word for royalty and features chic ruffled dresses in African print, jumpsuits with sexy slits and tops with tiers down the sleeves.

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Going into the weekend like 💃🏽👠🎀. @praisemwelase wearing the Katlego Dress *product code 253.9789* #TGIF #khosinkosi #khosinkosimodelscouted

A post shared by Khosi Nkosi™ @ YDE🇿🇦(@khosinkosi) on Aug 2, 2019 at 1:30am PDT

2. Miss Friday at YDE

The brainchild of the creative Lindsey Bont and Dorian Martins, the Miss Friday concept is meant to empower SA’s women to feel confident and gorgeous in these contemporary and feminine garments.

3. Kameo at YDE

Cape Town girl Karla Louw is the artistic genius behind this label, which was established in 2010. Inspired by runway trends from Paris and Milan, her designs are modern  and feature a dash of vintage opulence. 

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Animal print ftw! Few things say fun, terrific and wow quite like a touch of animal print added to an outfit 😍 Shop our Animal Print Satin Blazer exclusively at @_yde_. See link in bio. Specials to the following people for their part in making the winter shoot happen: 📷 Photography: @michellevp_photo 😎 Sunglasses: @birlin_sunglasses 🏠 Venue: @missmoneypenny_bellville 👜 Bags & Accessories: @4flavour_ladies_accessories #kameo #kameoclothing #fashion #yde #animalprint #wintercollection #safashion #shoplocal #kameofashion #lovethelook

A post shared by KameoDesigns @YDE(@kameoclothing) on Jul 2, 2019 at 9:28am PDT

4. Plus-Fab at The Space

Malesela Rachel Tema, aka Ouma-Tema, became frustrated that the only clothes in her size looked like they came straight out of her grandma’s closet. She set out to change this by debuting Plus-Fab, a brand that gives women fashion options that will show off their curves and that they can wear with confidence.


5. Michelle Ludek at The Space

Michelle Ludek started her career in fashion while living in Europe and Canada. She soon returned home to Mzansi where she started her own clothing line. Her collections reflect her playful and spontaneous nature and also feature a variety of minimalistic and boldly patterned creations.

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May this brand new week bring Only new and exciting opportunities, and may you conquer it in your ML essentials 🦚 x

A post shared by Michelle Ludek(@michelleludek) on Jun 10, 2019 at 12:35am PDT

6. Tsunami at The Space

Vanessa Karon established her label, Tsunami, by taking creative cues from the simplicity of Japanese design. Produced with natural, textured materials and yarns, her ranges are not only timeless, but also sustainable. 

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