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SILOMO NTOMBELA

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SILOMO Ntombela of Silomo’s Boutique caters for the plus size market. She recently had a collaboration with seven designers calling themselves “Love Curvy.” Contact: 071 6860975. Email: silomommp@gmail.com

KHANYI MALIMELA

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KHANYI Malimela, whose brand is her name, specialises in ready-to-wear designs and also caters for the fuller figure. In business since 2013, she was one of the local fashion interns selected to go to Milan for training in 2015. Contact: 073 516 1416. Email: khanyi.malimela@gmail.com.

SIBU MSIMANG

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SIBU Msimang is a qualified chef turned fashion designer Her brand Love Curvy is a celebration of real women with real curves. Contact: 073 177 1077. Email: info@sibumsimangdesigns.co.za.

THEMBEKA VILAKAZI

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THEMBEKA Vilakazi of Yadah Exclusive Designs, is a multi-award-winning designer who has a studio at 277 Percy Osborne Road, Durban Contact: 072 700 5458. Email: info@yadahsa.co.za. Website: yadahsa.co.za

NOKWANDA NGCOBO

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NOKWANDA Ngcobo makes things happen with her Pop-Up fashion shows in and around Durban and her brand 8th Wanda caters for “bigger girls” with elements of African Queens. Contact: 083 619 8010. Email: wandah.ngcobo@gmail.com.

KAZADI WILSON

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KAZADI Mukeya is a Durban-based talent originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. His brand Victor Fashion Kingdom specialises in classic designs, including wedding dresses. Contact: 0738628188. Email: kazadimukeya@gmail.com.

NDUMISO MADONSELA

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NDUMISO Madonsela likes to “show a bit of skin” in his designs creating as a mixture of couture and avant-garde. His label Beez Couture is modern, futuristic and a little daring. Contact: 079 163 3548. Email: beezcouture@gmail.com

ZANELE CELE

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ZANELE Cele believes her brand Zah Creations Couture is an expansion of her love for fashion and creative personality. Her designs are all about using vibrant and interesting colours. Contact: 061 138 4637. Email: Mazety990@gmail.com

THULI MDLETSHE

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THULI Mdletshe’s label TLC Haute Couture specialises in high-end fashion for women with discerning taste in beautifully designed couture. Contact: 072 363 0726. Email: medletshe2leh@gmail.com

AZOLA TANZI

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AZOLA Tanzi, whose brand is Azee Tanzi, specialises in ready-to-wear and tailored suits for women. She has been in the business for four years and has had her studio in Durban for two years. Contact: 083 507 8141. Email: azee.tanzi@gmail.com

THOBILE DLAMINI

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THOBILE Dlamini’s love of fashion stems from her grandmother making dresses for her and other granddaughters. She designs for men and women, but her focus is on designer clothes for women. Contact: 083 419 9219 Email: dlamini.yahfah@gmail.com

JUDAINE NAIDOO

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JUDAINE Naidoo is a Chatsworth-based designer and owner of J-Tensity Couture. A fashion design winner at the Vodacom Durban July, he will be showcasing his Ndebele-inspired designs Contact: 081 486 1407. Email: judaine.naidoo@gmail.com

BRENDON STURROCK

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BRENDON Sturrock is a designer with the well-known label Amanda Laird Cherry and ALC Man brand. His inspiration for AFX is nostalgia. Contact: 031 312 2575. Email: zweli@lairdcherry.co.za

DUMISANE KWEYAMA

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DUMISANE Kweyama, who is self-taught and whose brand, Elppag, caters for men and women, specialises in crafted denim, leather hand-made shoes. Contact: 063 0611 6947. Email: info@elppag.co.za/elppagbrand@gmail.com

THABO MAKHETHA

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THABO Makhetha-Kwinana is the founder and creative director of the award-winning womenswear label, Thabo Makhetha, notable for its use of Basotho blankets in creating statement fashion garments. Contact: 072 347 8849. Email: design@makhetha.co.za Website: www.thabomakhetha.com

FLOYD MANOTOANO

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FLOYD Manotoano whose brand is Floyd Avenue, is based in Soweto, and was hailed as the “best new menswear designer in SA” by GQ magazine in 2016. Contact: 076 882 4098. Email: avenuefloyd@yahoo.com

JEANIE NEL

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JEANIE Nel of Hatz by Jeanie specialises in bespoke hats that her customers generally want for special occasions. She also teaches classes and is hoping that one of her students is in next year’s AFX. Contact: 073 985 3949. Email: hatzbyjeanie@gmail.com

STHANDIWE HLONGWANE

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STHANDIWE Hlongwane is the designer behind Bright Shadow and produces once-off garments for her clients. Having recently returned from London she is raring to go – and keeping her eyes on the international market. Contact: 0844229737. Email: sthandingwane@gmail.com

VANESSA PILLAY

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VANESSA Pillay, whose label is Hombre, and who normally designs men’s and women’s wear, will be showcasing women’s wear for the fuller figure at AFX, with accessories representing different parts of Africa. Contact: 062 2168 378. Email: vanessarpillay@gmail.com. Website: www.hombrestyle.com

NADINE PILLAY

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NADINE Pillay of Nadine Designs has showcased her work in Paris and specialises in very feminine, ethereal, elegant designs. She is the resident designer of Miss India International. Contact: 754 4651. Email: nadinepillay12@gmail.com Website: www.nadinedesigns.com

AZANDE NDEBELE

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AZANDE Ndebele of the Shlobo label, designs handbags, shoes and scarves using African prints. Her stock can be seen at the Phansi Museum in Glenwood, Durban. Contact: 072 125 1193. Email: azandendebele02@gmail.com

SHAUN MAJOLA

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SHAUN Majola started Nguni Shades with his friend Nophiso Diko after they graduated from the Fashion Design Institute in 2000 and has been taking the fashion world by storm ever since. Contact: 083 368 9838. Email: shaunmajola@gmail.com.

DEON ANGELO MATHIAS

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DEON Angelo Mathias, from Namibia, and whose label is Deon Angelo, has a diploma in luxury fashion design from Milan and was an intern with designer David Tlale last year. Email: hello@deonangelo.com

HANGWANI NENGOVHELA

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HANGWANI Nengovhela of the Joburg-based Rubicon Clothing has been in the fashion industry for more than 15 years. Hangwani has showcased around the world. Contact: 081 381 9800. Email: info@rubiconclothing.co.za