South African fashion brands that will make you swoon.
By Julee Wilson
Africa is beginning to become a hotbed for style stars and emerging fashion designers. And South Africa in particular is leading the way.
Johannesburg and Cape Town have been home to successful brands like David Tlale and Gavin Rajah, but there are also smaller labels churning out collections that are making us take notice.
We rounded up seven of those must-have South African brands, each with craftsmanship and eye-catching design at its core. Check them out below and let us know which ones you’re loving.
Launched in 2005, this Johannesburg-based designer is helming one of the most popular brands in South Africa. Sindi has won numerous awards for his modern and sophisticated designs.
The designer behind this Cape Town-based brand, Celeste Lee Arendse, aims for her designs to “[manipulate] pattern to create accentuated, three dimensional shapes.”
We’ll take one of these suede bags in every color — plus the super cute sandals that this Cape Town company creates, as well. Please and thank you.
Owner Katherine-Mary was inspired to launch the brand after visiting India. However, each single piece of the bold, eye-catching jewelry and handbags is handcrafted in Cape Town.
Isabel de Villiers
This Cape Town label is all about stylish clothes for the curvier woman. With sizes ranging from 2 to 20, there’s something for everyone.
The team behind this Cape Town-based brand may be small, but its designs are definitely mighty. We especially love all the beautifully printed dresses and jackets.
Every last piece of this stunning collection is handmade in a small Cape Town studio. Founder Karin Rae Matthee and her small group of local artisans are dedicated to crafting jewelry that will be come heirlooms.