South Africa

South African designer and personality Craig Jacobs with Naomi Campbell at the launch event.

Fashion Scoops

Naomi Campbell Touts Event to Celebrate Nelson Mandela

An all-star concert on Dec. 2 will be headlined by Beyoncé, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Wizkid and Usher honoring Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

clock July 11, 2018Bambina Wise

The Downtown style from the Pichulik X Superga collection.

Fashion Scoops

Superga Partners With South African Jewelry Brand

Superga has teamed with Pichulik, a Cape Town-based jewelry label, to create three limited-edition sneakers.

clock May 1, 2018Bambina Wise

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

People

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

Retail

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

Handbags

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

Retail

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.

Retail

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.

Retail

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

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A protest by animal rights activiists CAFT (Coalition to Abolish the Fur trade) against the use of fur by the Fashion industry blockades one of the venues for London Fashion Week in the Aldwych.Anti-Fur Protest, London Fashion Week, UK - 17 Sep 2017

Business

U.K. Government Should Consider Banning Fur, Post-Brexit  

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