South Africa

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Government and Trade

African Fashion International Founder Champions Designers, Seeks to Build International Distribution

Financial backing and access to international markets are key issues for AFI-supported designers, who often need to learn about trade treaties and scaling up production.

clock November 28, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

A look from Thebe Magugu during South African Fashion Week Fall 2018.

Designer and Luxury

African Fashion Weeks Boost Local Design Talent

South African Design Week and Lagos Fashion and Design Week both focused on nurturing younger designers.

clock November 14, 2017Bambina Wise

Jochen Zeitz


Jochen Zeitz on His New Museum of African Art

The former ceo of Puma talks about collecting, museums — and what he has on his walls at home now.

clock November 2, 2017Bambina Wise


Stuttafords Closes Its Doors in South Africa

The retailer, known as “the Harrods of South Africa,” was hit by the country’s struggling economy as well as infighting among its owners.

clock August 3, 2017Bambina Wise

Some retailers rethought their global expansion strategies in 2016.

Business Features

India and China Are Tops for Retail Investment

Some retailers have rethought their global expansion strategy given Brexit and America First.

clock June 5, 2017Vicki M. Young

The interior of the new Okapi store in Johannesburg


Okapi Opens Flagship in Johannesburg

The label was founded by Hanneli Rupert, daughter of Richemont head Johann Rupert, in 2008.

clock May 15, 2017Bambina Wise

A look from Lufthansa First Class competition winner Sheila Madge, Designs by Sheila Madge Bakker.

Designer and Luxury

South African Fashion Weeks See Spurt of Young Designers

The two fashion weeks saw a slew of new faces.

clock April 19, 2017Bambina Wise

A look from Tokyo James at SAMW

Designer and Luxury

Jahnkoy, FMBCJ, Babatunde Standouts at South Africa Men’s Wear Week

The show week saw a new sponsor, Lexus, even as the nation’s designers continue to face challenges.

clock March 2, 2017Bambina Wise

Edcon South Africa


South Africa’s Edcon Aims for Turnaround in 2017

The country’s largest apparel retailer has a new owner and hopes restructuring initiatives will result in consistent profits.

clock January 23, 2017Bambina Wise

Designer and Luxury

African Fashion Weeks Show Challenges of Continent’s Designers

Fashion weeks took place in South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.

clock November 2, 2016Bambina Wise

South Africa's largest retailers are seeing poor results due to weather, currency issues, political instability and more.


South African Retailers Struggle With Economy, Weak Currency

The nation’s largest retailers have been hit by a confluence of factors, and no upturn is in sight.

clock September 18, 2016Bambina Wise

A look by Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha.

Mens Designer Luxury

Africa’s Men’s Wear Industry Evolves, but Hurdles Remain

At South Africa Menswear Week, standouts included talents from across the continent.

clock August 1, 2016Bambina Wise

Australia's Supre chain aims at girls as young as age 9 and goes up to age 17.


Australia’s Cotton On Group to Open Supre Stores in South Africa

The retailer expects to have four Supré stores in South Africa by June 2017.

clock July 24, 2016Patty Huntington

Real Estate

Amid Economic Slowdown, South Africa Adds Another Megamall

The Mall of Africa has 1.4 million square feet of retail space.

clock June 21, 2016Bambina Wise

Heart & Heritage by Lesley Whittle 

Photo Credit: Ivan Naude

Designer and Luxury

Fashion, Film and Scandal at South Africa Fashion Events

The month began with South African Fashion Week (SAFW), peaked with Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festivaland then erupted with a copycat scandal involving designer Gavin Rajah.

clock April 28, 2016Bambina Wise

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Fashion at the Frick: The Museum Hosts Annual Young Fellows Ball

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