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Berny Martin (Catou)
20 Sep

Berny Martin (Catou)

Berny Martin Founder of Catou Fashion/Midwest Fashion Week & Fashion Community Foundation Bio: For Berny Martin, fashion designer and founder of Catou—an internationally-recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear—fashion has always been a way of life. After earning a computer technology degree from Purdue University in 2002, Martin realized that his true passion had always been fashion. His lifelong dream came to fruition with the launch of Catou in 2005. Martin has shown his collection on runways all over the world, including Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and Munich, and the label has been worn by countless celebrities including Billy Porter, Jim Parsons, Tom Payne, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, just to name a few. Catou has been featured on a variety of...
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20 Sep

Carol Bouwer (Carol Bouwer Hand Bags)

Carol Bouwer Bio: Carol Bouwer is a successful South African businesswoman and television presenter. Carol Bouwer bags are made in Cape Town and we adhere to exacting standards, using the very best materials South Africa has to offer. Our local team has trained over many years and this artisanal mastery will continue to grow as the brand grows. Job creation is at the core of what we do and we insist on keeping all our production local. We believe that it is important to instill pride in South African brands and that premium brands don’t necessarily always have to come from foreign lands. This is a prime example of beneficiation in action. We pride ourselves on the fact that every signature Carol Bouwer...
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20 Sep

Odysseus Shirindza (Arnreuby)

Odysseus Shirindza Bio: With over 15 years in the creative industry - Odysseus Shirindza’s background in fashion design has equipped him with the necessary skills to freely and confidently explore various sectors of the creative industry. He’s a dynamic creative thinker with a solutions-based approach to problems and situations. He’s passionate about change and creating efficient work environments through creative solutions while meeting company objectives and bottom lines. His experience is wide, from working as a fashion designer for multiple local brands, a designer at a leading South African retailer, to working in an award-winning advertising agency as a designer and as customer service for a global online retailer servicing the US market. He has also had the opportunity to challenge himself in...
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20 Sep

Reggi Xaba (Ifele)

Reggi Xaba Bio: Reggi Xaba is a designer behind the brand iFele. He is an industry veteran with over 20 years in the profession of shoe design. He works at his Durban based studio with a young team of designers and protégés under the company ZETU Shoes, which he founded in 2016 after many years working in Cape Town for major retailers, Woolworths and Truworths as a shoe buyer. The focus of ZETU is production of African aesthetic inspired contemporary footwear for all ages....
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20 Sep

Nokwanda Ngcobo (8Wandah)

Nokwanda Ngcobo Bio: Nokwanda Ngcobo is a Durban-based designer who has grown from strength to strength. Gaining a National Diploma in Fashion Technology, she gained more skills into starting her own lavish label (Wanda Woman). After assisting David Tlale during New York Fashion Week, she resurfaced her previous brand to Nokwanda of 8th Wanda Designs. Lurking beneath a dark appeal, she presented versatile looks that displayed a breath of fresh air with impeccable colors on the runway....
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20 Sep

Inga Gubeka (Inga Atelier)

Inga Gubeka Bio: Inga Atelier is in a class and concept all its own. Launched in Johannesburg by Creative Director Inga Gubeka, the brand is the next level of cultivating and celebrating the diversity that resides within the continent of Africa. Now with an international following that continues to expand with each collection, Inga Atelier is dedicated to creativity and innovation for the upscale and fashionably forward....
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