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DFF NEXT GENERATION – MENTORSHIP PROGRAM DESIGNERS WINNERS JET SETTING OFF TO MILAN IN SEPTEMBER


Blaire Hill – Bamboo Hill

Blaire Hill
Blaire Hill

Blaire Hill, the designer behind the label, Bamboo Hill, is one of the 2015
Fashion mentee’s showcasing in the Next Generation Show.
Hill who hails from Amanzimtoti, has a National Diploma in Fashion Design
and is currently pursuing her BTech Degree at Durban University of
Technology. As a person with artistic abilities, Hill uses fashion design as
an outlet for creativity.
For her the Durban Fashion Fair is an excellent platform for exposure. “I am
so grateful for the opportunity to showcase at this event. Through the
workshops I have already gained valuable skills including how to cost a
garment, budget a business and more,” she said.
Hill’s ladies wear designs incorporate natural and neutral tones, reflecting
her personal taste and style and has ventured into designing eco-friendly
clothing that uses only organic fabrics and contains no chemicals or harmful
dyes.
Label Name: Bamboo Hill
Landline: 031 9041776
Cell: 0713527083
Email: blairehill@gmail.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bamboohillsa 

Eli Ball – Eli Ball made in Africa

Eli Ball
Eli Ball

Eli Ball, the designer for Eli Ball made in Africa, which features both
men’s and ladies wear and accessories, is one of the 2015 Fashion mentee’s
participating in the Durban Fashion Fair 2015 DFF Next Generation Show.
From Sherwood, Ball studied at La Moda Academy of Fashion and said that his
passion for fashion started from a young age.
“My classic, elegant and comfortable design style is inspired by textures,
building shapes and objects, body shapes, seasons and nature – anything that
moves me inside,” he added.
Through the Durban Fashion Fair, Ball hopes to expose his brand to the right
market and claimed that the mentee workshops this year have allowed him a
deeper insight into the industry and helped him improve on specific skills.
Label Name: Eli Ball made in Africa
Landline Number: 031 209 3285
Cell phone Number: 072 494 0911
Email: eli@eliball.co.za 
Website: www.eliball.co.za 
Facebook : www.facebook.com/pages/Eli-Ball-made-in-Africa

Kat Shoesmith – KSD- Kat Shoesmith Designs

Kat Shoesmith
Kat Shoesmith

Kat Shoesmith, the designer for KSD- Kat Shoesmith Designs, is one of the
2015 Fashion mentee’s participating in the Next Generation Show.
Hailing from Kokstad and now living in Morningside, Durban, Shoesmith
studied through Linea fashion academy (2008- 2009) and DUT (2013- 2014) and
says the inspiration for her ladies wear designs comes from the dark
romanticism look on a variety of objects, music, nature, art and
architecture. “My style is a modern take on classic, elegant fashion with
deep passion,” she says.
Since being part of the mentee workshops this year, Shoesmith has learnt the
importance of managing both time and money when running one’s business, as
well as how managerial skills in a creative business are as vital as the
creativity itself.
Label: KSD – Kat Shoesmith Designs
Cell: 071 871 3748
Email: kat@katshoesmithdesigns.com / caitlinshoesmith@gmail.com
Website: www.katshoesmithdesigns.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/pages/KSD-Kat-Shoesmith-Designs

Khanyisile Malimela – Khanyi

Khanyisile Malimela
Khanyisile Malimela

Khanyisile Lindiwe Malimela, the designer for Khanyi, is one of the 2015
Fashion mentee’s participating in the Durban Fashion Fair Next Generation
Show.
From Umhlanga Rocks, Malimela who is self-taught but studying towards a
Bachelor of Consumer Science in Fashion Management describes her style as
minimalist contemporary and ready-to-wear. “The reason I chose this industry
as a career was because I always loved fabric and have grown up watching my
mother make clothing,” she said.
For her, participating in the Durban Fashion Fair is an opportunity to
launch her career and being involved in the mentee workshops this year has
allowed her to build confidence in her designs. “I also learnt how to manage
my time and improved on my sketching skills, so I found this experience very
beneficial,” she added.
Label: Khanyi
Landline: 031 561 2680
Cell: 0735161416
Email: Khanyi.malimela@gmail.com
Website: www.khanyisiledbn.co.za
Facebook: Khanyisiledbn. 
Instagram: khanyi_boutique

Neliswa Jili – Makuyi Design

Neliswa Jili
Neliswa Jili

Neliswa Jili, the designer for ladies wear brand, Makuyi Design, is one of
the 2015 Fashion mentee’s participating in the Durban Fashion Fair Next
Generation Show.
From Isipingo Hills, Jili studied at the Durban University of Technology and
said that she always loved the fashion industry and is honoured to be part
of the mentorship programme. “I have learnt many new skills from the
workshops including how the South African fashion industry operates,” she
added.
Jili describes her style as sophisticated, bold and edgy and is mainly
inspired by architecture and structure. “My designs reflect my personal
style and I do wear them as it shows my belief in my product,” she further
added.
Through the Durban Fashion Fair, Jili hopes to show the public her talent.
Label: Makuyi Design
Cell: 0746301028
Email: makuyidesign@gmail.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Makuyi 

Nokubonga Mbambo – Tymles Creations

Nokubonga Mbambo
Nokubonga Mbambo

Nokubonga Mbambo, the designer for the ladies wear label, Tymles Creations,
is one of the 2015 Fashion mentee’s participating in the Next Generation
Show.
Hailing from Pinetown, Mbambo, who is also known as Philile, studied through
the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion Design and says that she chose a
career in this industry because of her passion for creating garments.
She describes her style as fun, playful, quirky and bright. “My garments are
full of fun.I draw inspiration from my surroundings and believe that my work
reflects my personal fashion taste. I am my brand,” she adds.
Having improved on her pattern making skills through the workshops, Mbambo
hopes that through her showcase at the Durban Fashion Fair, her label will
be recognised by the right market.
Label: Tymles Creations
Landline: 031 708 4434
Cell: 0730958356
Email: tymlesc@gmail.com 
Facebook: Tymlesc Trading

Nontuthuko Langa – Endless Inspirations by Nkuleh Langa

Nontuthuko Langa
Nontuthuko Langa

Nontuthuko Langa, the designer for Endless Inspirations by Nkuleh Langa, is
one of the 2015 Fashion mentee’s participating in the Next Generation Show.
From Clermont, Langa, affectionly known as Nkuleh, says that she explored
fashion as a career as she loved creating new things. Her label caters to
both men and women and is very comfortable, fresh, innovative, and ready to
wear. “My favourite colour palette is earth tones like brown, tan, warm
greys and greens,” she says.
Since being part of the mentee programme, Langa says that she has learnt new
skills to help her improve her business. For her, being part of the DFF is a
dream come true and she hopes that she will increase her client base from
her design showcase.
Label: Endless Inspirations by Nkuleh Langa
Cell: 071 703 4175
Email: nontuthukolanga@yahoo.com 

Sadie Bosworth Smith – Sadie Bosworth

Nontuthuko Langa
Nontuthuko Langa

Sadie Bosworth Smith, the designer for Sadie Bosworth, is one of the 2015
Fashion mentee’s participating in the Durban Fashion Fair Next Generation
Show.
From Glenwood, Bosworth Smith describes her ladies wear style as eclectic
with her current collection being inspired by Orientalism in the first
decades of the 20th century.  “My design aesthetic is influenced by the
history of fashion, traditional techniques and handcrafts. I am interested
in different world cultures and my style ranges from bohemian to classic,
changing to suit my mood, which is reflected in my designs,” she says.
For her, being part of the mentee programme has allowed her to develop
skills in professional communication, pattern making, costing, and quality
control and will apply these to her business in the future.
Label: Sadie Bosworth
Cell: 0842401125
Email: sadiebosworth@gmail.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sadiebosworthclothing 

Thulisiwe Zakwe – RUUTZ

Thulisiwe Zakwe
Thulisiwe Zakwe

Thulisiwe Zakwe, the designer for RUUTZ, is one of the 2015 Fashion mentee’s
showcasing her men’s and ladies wear collection in the Durban Fashion Fair
Next Generation Show.
From Illovo, Zakwe studied Fashion Design at the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of
Fashion and says that culture is her inspiration for design. She describes
her style as ethnic, African and vintage with a colour palette of green,
peach and cream.
For her, being part of the DFF has given her a chance to associate with
others and widen her customer base. “It feels good to be a part of the DFF
this year and I have learnt many skills from the workshops,” she said. “What
I found most beneficial were the workshops on finishing a garment.”
Label: RUUTZ
Cell: 083 243 3210
Email: ruutzartandcreation@gmail.com 

Zamir Dada – BEL1EV

Zamir Dada
Zamir Dada

Zamir Dada, the designer for menswear label, BEL1EV, is one of the 2015
Fashion mentee’s showcasing in the Durban Fashion Fair Next Generation Show.
From Musgrave, Dada studied through Linea Academy in Durban but is mostly
self-taught.
“I’m extremely excited to be showcasing this year. It is a massive
opportunity to get exposure for my brand and to attract store buyers and
wider customer base,” he said.
Dada finds inspiration from the human form and is also a lover of colour. “I
am inspired by using the garment as a canvas to express art in a functional
manner and I aim for perfection,” he added.
For him, the workshops were very beneficial. He felt a massive growth in his
knowledge of fashion and commended the quality of mentoring.
Label: BEL1EV
Landline: 031-2017162
Cell: 0837867525
Email: zamdada@gmail.com
Website: www.bel1ev.com


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