Must-Know Local Fashion Designers

Clothing is a very important part of our lives. In almost all cases, you can tell a lot about a person just by the way they dress. But where would we be without our beloved fashion designers? They’ve been helping us “dress the part” since the dawn of style. To celebrate their creativity, we’ve made a list of our local must-knows!

David Tlale

David Tlale is probably one of the most famous local designers in SA. His lines are always much anticipated during events such as SA Fashion Week and the likes. To see his on-trend and fabulous designs, visit his website.

Vintage Zionis

Do you love rock ‘n roll-inspired clothing with a very retro feel to it? Then Vintage Zionist is the brand for you. Focusing on recycling, and redesigning clothing, their game is to give clothing a new retro on-trend and fashion-forward look.


Isaac Lekwene founded Tiller in 2013. The name means “one who makes fertile“, as Lekwene believed he was fertilizing the fashion industry in the West Rand and across SA. Tiller’s first SA Fashion Week debut was in 2016


If you’re looking for a menswear blend between street and office clothing, then Sol-Sol is the brand for you. Focusing on fit, fabric and design, the brand is taking the menswear fashion world to new heights. Check out their lookbook for their awesome collections.

Originally Kasified

Muzikayise Aaron Mabena founded Originally Kasified in 2010 with his business partner Loyiso. He uses colourful prints and Kasi-inspired patterns in his looks, giving them a very unique and original design.

JJ Schoeman

Having dressed local and international stars such as Jennifer Rush, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bonang Matheba, Miss World Organization boss Julia Morley, Miss World Rolene Strauss and Cannes Film Festival Awards nominee Kelsey Eagan, JJ Schoeman is a definite showstopper in the fashion world.


Established by Thato Mafubelu Matabane in 2006, Afrikanswiss celebrates, embraces and reclaims Africa’s pride. The brand produces customised runs of both recycled (Afrikanswiss Rehab) and brand-new (Afrikanswiss Blue) hip, styled denim pieces.

Black Coffee

Jacques van der Watt of Black Coffee showed his first collection at SA Fashion Week in 1999. His collections always show a huge loyalty to local traditionalism, but with the approach of modernist fundamentalism.

Know of other great local fashion designers not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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