South African Fashion Week has partnered with the MINI Scouting Menswear Competition which is running for for the 2nd year .The competition is aimed at empowering talented young designers in menswear and strengthening their roles in the local fashion industry.
Head of MINI South Africa , Thilosh Moodally said “MINI Fashion isn‘t about products, it’s about possibilities. MINI Fashion celebrates this individuality, knowing that when unique perspectives and passions come together, we all benefit.”
The winner will be assisted with tools to transition from a developing creative to a sustainable business with the potential for commercial growth. In addition, this year’s winner will win a trip to menswear fashion fair, Pitti Immagine Uomo 96, in Florence, Italy, from 11 to 14 June 2019, as well as media exposure in GQ South Africa.
In addition to this, the winner will showcase their Spring/Summer 2019 Collection at SA Fashion Week in April 2019 and their Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection at SAFW in October 2019. Lastly, they will receive a stand at the SAFW Designer Pop Up Shop in August 2019.
Meet the finalists:
26-year-old Shaylene Paige Morris knows no bounds when it comes to reaching for her dreams.
The entrepreneur and graduate, from the University of Johannesburg, has ensured that her vision and future in fashion was made a reality through commitment and hard work for her brand, Bi Parel. This season her inspiration is drawn from recycling x-ray sheets.
Founder, Denzel Vilakazi, studied Fashion Design at the Tshwane University of Technology. In 2017, he was the runner-up at the Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup. His brand seeks to preserve indigenous South African wear and pay homage to Africa, while creating modern garments for women, men and gender-neutral individuals.
Produces menswear main line collections positioned as unisex, as the brand’s identity is centred around the strength of individuality and not on sexual orientation, societal order or other normative pressures. The combination of functional detail and monochromatic colour forms Reign’s design signature.
A Johannesburg-based contemporary menswear designer. After graduating with a Diploma in Fashion Design, he worked as a visual merchandiser for a large fashion retailer, gaining vital experience and inside knowledge of running a business and art directing. He now specializes in premium ready-to-wear clothes, with uncompromising detail and signature sporty mismatched aesthetic.
Dorcas Madi and George Mkhoma have been fashion partners for more than a decade, with Dorcas being an undergraduate in fashion design. Their menswear collection, called the ‘Samurai Futuristic’, is inspired by the Japanese military.
Inspired by versatility, minimalism and comfort, Zandile created Zazü in January 2019, a brand that captures the essence of comfort and ethical design with inspiration coming from the East, which Zandile believes to be the future. “Our brand’s aim is to care for both the customer and the lifecycle of the clothes it produces,” remarks founder, Zandile Makombe.
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