African Wear Boutiques And Designers

With everything from traditional African wear to modern, fashion-forward Afro-inspired couture clothing, designed by talented South African pioneers, the African fashion scene is as dynamic as it is diverse. We took a closer look at some of our favourite African wear boutiques as well as a few local designers.



 

Boutiques

P&H Boutique

P&H Boutique is the home of modern African fashion. Using top-quality African wax-print fabric, all clothing and accessories are handmade. P&H is at the forefront of the latest trends in the African print fashion industry with a great selection of contemporary African dresses, jackets, tops and skirts. You’ll also find distinctively African accessories such beaded bangles, fabric headdresses and choker-style necklaces.

Details: Menlyn Park Shopping Centre / 012 472 0028 / https://www.phboutique.com

Zimbali African Design

Zimbali African Design is a business built around cultural values. For the last decade, Zimbali has been established as a leading designer of African bridal gowns, traditional attire and casual wear, in an array of local cultures. Zimbali has elegant African items suitable for all occasions.

Details: opposite Church Square, Pretoria CBD / 082 593 3473 / http://www.zimbaliafrica.co.za/ 

Burgundy Fly

Burgundy Fly is one of the country’s leading local clothing emporiums. The vision behind this proudly South African business is to make local designer wear accessible, at a reasonable price, while simultaneously supporting and sustaining the South African design market. Local labels available from Burgundy Fly include Bathini, Chipo, Somerset Jane, Fabricana and Jozsy, to name just a few. The husband and wife duo that own and manage this flourishing franchise believe in supplying a selection of styles that resonates with women from all walks of life. This means you’re likely to find a variety of layered skirts, patterned blouses, jackets, coats, voluminous dresses and shapely pants on the racks of a Burgundy Fly outlet.

Details: 071 686 0764 / Menlyn Park Shopping Centre / http://www.burgundyfly.co.za



Designers

Thula Sindi

For the last decade, Thula Sindi has been ranked in the top tier of South African fashion designers – and rightfully so. His designs have been on the runways of Paris, New York, Beijing, Washington and Rome. Sindi had the extraordinary honour of being invited to fashion icon Valentino’s private atelier – a significant accolade in the international fashion industry.

Thula Sindi is also a recognised and celebrated name at African fashion events held in Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Angola. His client base reads like a who’s who of South African female celebrities and an incident involving tennis-star sisters, Serena and Venus Williams, arguing over a Thula Sindi skirt in a boutique in Jo’burg, are testimony to the sophistication of his designs. (Perhaps not to the sports star twins though?) Thula Sindi apparel is delicate, timeless and classy. The brand is targeted at “women of consequence”: the self-assured, contemporary woman who seeks quality sophistication that doesn’t break the bank.

Thula Sindi clothing and accessories are available online and, if you fancy a shopping spree a little south of the Jacaranda City, you’ll find a Thula Sindi boutique in Rosebank Mall.

Details: http://www.thulasindi.com/

Sindiso Khumalo

Sindiso Khumalo is a hugely successful textile designer, currently living in London, who produces an exclusive range of women’s wear from the modern, sustainable, handmade textiles she creates. Drawing inspiration from her Zulu and Ndebele heritage, combined with the modernist architecture outlook that she studied, Khumalo’s design style is minimalist featuring bold, geometric prints.

Passionate about sustainability, Khumalo is actively involved with the Ethical Fashion Initiative and collaborates with several local NGO’s to help develop sustainable textiles.

Khumalo’s exclusive collections are available in Cape Town, London, Milan and from the brand’s online store.

Details: https://www.sindisokhumalo.com/

MaXhosa

MaXhosa is renowned textile and knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo’s high-end label. MaXhosa was inspired by a vision for modern knitwear design solutions for young Xhosa men who, like Laduma, have undergone amakrwala (the traditional ritual marking a Xhosa boy’s journey into manhood) and are then expected to maintain a smart dress code.

The brand was founded in 2010 and is an authentic celebration of Xhosa aesthetics. Laduma is a globally recognised fashion icon whose modern take on traditional Xhosa patterns and beadwork is pushing Xhosa culture to the future.

Items from this exclusive brand are available online or from the MaXhosa showroom in Jo’burg.

Details: http://www.maxhosa.co.za/

Kgotso Letwaba

Kgotso Letwaba’s ultra-cool athletic label, The After Skool Life, is inspired by his love for street art and all things pop culture. The After Skool Life is a stylish sportswear collection that merges aesthetics with comfort.

The latest collection from this Pretoria-based designer, Memelodi Olympiana, is an athleisure range of white lightweight fabrics with thin, vertical red lines, reminiscent of American baseball uniforms.

Want to get your hands on some of Letwaba’s fashionable sportswear? Place your order for The After Skool Life items via e-mail. 

Details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / http://theafterskoollife.tumblr.com/



By Jana van der Linde