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Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards!



Photo credit: Simphiwe Kevin Mkhwanazi

Durban’s glittering Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) – now in its fourth year, hosted by Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo  – ended with a bang on Saturday night with the first ever Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards held at the SUNdeck at Suncoast.

Top of the pops was the 2015 Durban Designer of the Year, Zama Mathe, and her brand ZARTH who was one of the 55 designers taking part to take the ultimate accolade.

This was a particularly special moment for the eThekwini Municipality which created the DFF to nurture young talent and support the development of new designers. Zama Mathe first showed her designs on the DFF ramp in 2013 and was awarded a sponsored internship to Milan as a result.

The Durban Fashion Legend Award went to another Durban success story – Andre Martin of Life. The Best Menswear Collection went to House of St Luke, whose head designer, Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, was chosen for an internship to Milan in 2012. Thula Sindi’s designs earned the Collection of the Week award while footwear designer, Reggie Xaba, of Yellow Folder Trading, was presented with the Fashion Innovator of the Year Award.

Sadie Boswell Smith collected the Next Generation Emerging Durban Designer of the Year Award while the Fashion Business Award went to Mac Cosmetics. The international guest designer award went to Jamal Taslaq (JAMAL TASLAQ COUTURE). On the modelling front, the new faces of the year were Twinky Dimba (woman) and Olwethu Cele (men).

The eagerly awaited naming of the ten interns chosen to go to Milan for a two month internship marked the highlight of the awards evening. The top three – Eli Ball (Eli Ball- Made in Africa), Blaire Hill (Bamboo Hill) and Neliswa Jili (Makuyi Design) – were presented with Rising Stars Awards. They will be accompanied to Milan next month by Sadie Bosworth Smith (Sadie Bosworth), Kat Shoesmith (KSD- Kat Shoesmith Designs), Khanyisile Malimela (Khanyi), Nokubonga Mbambo (Tymles Creations), Zamir Dada (BEL1EV) Nontuthuko Langa (Endless Inspirations)and Thulisiwe Zakwe (RUUTZ).

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Buzzart is Back & it’s All Green




The KZNSA Gallery’s biggest local-only Christmas fair is open… and runs until 12 January 2020. This year’s Buzzart theme of ‘BEING GREEN’ focuses on goods and activities, that are recycled, up-cycled, reworked, previously loved, home-grown, indigenous, organic, carbon friendly – and beautiful.

As calls for climate change grow louder and people all over the world speak out about climate change and environmental catastrophe, it is incumbent on all of us to find ways to live greener and consume responsibly.

Artistic director of the KZNSA, Angela Shaw is encouraging shoppers to “avoid the busy malls and do your festive and new year shopping in your local neighbourhood instead, while supporting independent designers and makers. Not only does it take the stress out of the festive season, but it also reduces our carbon footprint and puts income back into the local economy,” Shaw adds.

Even though each one of this year’s artists, designers and artisans have produced a diverse variety of gifts, artworks and crafts, they all have one thing in common…to limit their impact on the planet!

By using sustainable materials, cutting down on packaging and single-use plastics and re-using / re-purposing, their work is promoting a zero waste lifestyle.

Chifunilo Mulusa

Chifunilo Mulusa


*  Internationally renowned designer, Amanda Laird Cherry and Louis de VilliersCollaborative Clothing Capsule

* Surf, Street, Skate Zone  – Granadilla SwimwearZigzag Magazine, Simon and Mary hats, Sealand BagsA Love Supreme beach towels

Plant Zone – Indigenous house plants for your Christmas table décor and Christmas trees from Gods Green Gifts, Dennis Dyas of Urban Muthi, Skokiana nursery, Eyako Green (recycled billboard plant bag range), Magic Bean Foundation (crochet planter bags from recycled plastic bags), Bonsai installation by Art Bouy, Bren Brophy.

Kids Zone – Books, décor, clothes & stuffed toys

Art – collectable Sthenjwa Luthuli original works, Grace Kotze and Janet Solomon paintings, Nikhil Tricam, Nindya Bucktowar, Lindani Nyadeni, Lungisani Ndlovu, Lindokhule Khumalo, Fiona Kirkwood, Karla Nixon, plus Ready to use frames

* Photography – Cedric Nunn, Samora Chapman, Helen Walne, Lisa Beasley, Keri Muller, Jerome Stoffels, Garth Walker, Madisa Buthelezi

* Art books & publications – specialist books and magazines at great prices

Upcycled & Organic Processes – Birgit Jewellery, Carole Paxton plant-dyed textiles, spectacular upcycled clothing and bags from Leandi Mulder, ZStitch and Pattern Nation

Cute Trash

Cute Trash


In addition to the Buzzart fair, a number of activations and exhibitions will be on offer to gallery visitors:

Café and Shopping evenings – every Thursday the Arts Café and BUZZART will stay open until 20.00 for shopping and delicious meals under the Acacias. These evenings are aimed at the whole Family, so bring the kids along after work or the beach …and make the most of Durban’s fabulous Summer weather.

–  14 – 24 November / PARK GALLERY – For ten days, view the photographic body of work, Still City, by Aik Christodoulou, as mentored by Matt Kay

– Every Tuesday & Thursday / GLASS BOX – From 10h00 – 14h00, award-winning Independent publication, Ja. Magazine, hosts free zine, collage and writing workshops

– LIVE MUSIC – With Tony Cox and daughter, Thuli Cox, on Thursday 19 December, 19h00

First Thursdays – evening trading and live music on Thursday 5 December 2019 and Thursday 2 January 2020, 16h30 – 21h00

Previously loved books and clothes vendors in the courtyard every Sunday from 24 November – Sunday 12 January.

By way of a guide to visitors to the gallery looking for the perfect locally-produced gifts, each week has been themed to focus on  particular offerings:

*  WEEK 1 –  18 November – Teacher’s gifts and indigenous Christmas trees

*  WEEK 2 –  25 November – Focus on Photography – The Park Gallery becomes a photography group show

*  WEEK 3 – 2 December – Home Upgrades – art, textiles, ceramics rugs, plants, Christmas decorations

*  WEEK 4 – 9 December – Kids holiday sessions, activities, street art, zine-making

*  WEEK 5 – 16 December – Focus on Books this long-weekend

*  WEEK 6 – 23 December – Stocking-fillers and last-minute gifts

*  WEEK 7 – 30 December – New Year Party clothes

*  WEEK 8 – 6 January – Back to School with books, bags and stationery

Birch House

Birch House

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Support Local: Saint & Summer



SAINT&SUMMER was created much in the same way it’s now run – captivated by their local surroundings and based on a friendship foundation 20 years deep. It was in 2013 during the humid heat that is Durban in December, that they began piecing together the vision for their business.

We sat down with Julia and Roxy to find out more about the local brand.


1) How did Saint & Summer start?

We’ve been friends for years; long before we ever considered starting a designer footwear business together. Throughout the years, our shared love for fashion, swimwear, clothing and well, just a generally obsessive interest in all things stylish… made it a pretty easy move to start SAINT&SUMMER together.

We’re both beach obsessed, and one balmy Durban Summer, we got chatting about how to turn our passion into something adventurous. We wanted to share our love for style with our friends and other fashion-forward ladies out there. And so SAINT&SUMMER was born.

Sun kissed bodies, vibrant sunsets, punchy cocktail umbrellas and sandy hues became the mood board for our first SAINT&SUMMER’s range of matte jelly sandals – and now 5 years in – we’ve just launched an exciting swoon-worthy AW19 range that has everything from two-toned sneakers to studded block heels, sheen prints and leopard skin slip-ons.

2) What makes your brand proudly Urbanite?

We’re for everyone. All the looks, all the sass, all the versatility that the modern woman needs to rock her own unique sense of style. Our styles can be paired with any outfit. So whether it’s a pair of skinny tight jeans or a flowing boho-dress, the shoes fit!

Our SAINT&SUMMER shoes are easy to wear, easy to pair and have longevity with wearable fabrics, on-trend patterns and styles, and creative colour palettes that mix with every season.

3) What sets your brand apart from others?

We’re really passionate about fashion and we source shoes that we know we would be proud to wear any day of the week. It’s important to us that the shoes burst with personality and style because you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes J.

Our SAINT&SUMMER styles are super versatile too, and can take you right through from the morning to evening with their on-trend looks. Which is why comfort is also very key.

4) Would you consider a mens range in the future, or is it only for women?

We haven’t before but as our brand grows we are actually being asked this question a lot more frequently… so who knows, anything is possible

5) What is your vision with Saint & Summer?

To give fashionable women a unique way to express their individuality through style, in comfort, and within budget.

6) How can we purchase a pair? Online or in store?

We have an online store where fans can browse the ranges and purchase our shoes online at We also have a list of stockists on our site, detailing all the stores that stock and sell SAINT&SUMMER shoes so customers can have a look and see which stockists are in their area if they want to go and try on or browse the styles.

7) Do you have any advice for first time business starters?

Very simply… get dirty, work hard, be ready for mistakes It’s all a part of the journey.


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Durban’s iconic I heart Market is a welcoming space for fans to spend a morning outdoors with friends, browsing over 100 stalls filled with hand and homemade goodies, produced right here in South Africa.

This Spring, the I heart Market vendors will be doing a Spring Clean of their own, as they put all their best sellers on sale, giving shoppers a chance to really enjoy some of their favourite products at some seriously low prices.

I heart SPRING SALE Market takes place twice a year; September and February and it is an exciting day out for everyone involved. “The I heart SPRING SALE Market gives vendors an opportunity to offer their customers great deals with bargain bins, sale rails and special offers on their end of range items and older stock,” says Anna Savage, founder of the I heart Market.

The I heart SPRING SALE is a highlight of the year, both for our vendors and the shoppers. It’s a super exciting market with people arriving in throngs, and some of Durban’s finest creatives offering exceptional and well-made products for less. There’s a thrill that comes with discovering a beautiful item and then getting it at a fraction of the price.”

From fresh foods to local fashion, children’s toys and clothing to homeware, décor, jewellery and treats for every taste; the I heart SPRING SALE Market takes place on Saturday the 1st of September and trades from 9am – 2pm.

I Heart Market

I Heart Market

There’s a great buzz in the marquees as traders and shoppers negotiate special deals and prices; while others search for that special gem they’ve been coveting. Understandably, sales items go very quickly so get there early, grab your coffee and shop ‘til your hearts content.

Unlike a typical flea market, the I heart Market is not a place you come to find a bargain, but rather to discover beautiful, bespoke items and support local entrepreneurs and crafters,” says Anna. “We realized that it was important for us to channel any discounts into a specific Sale Market in order to maintain our reputation as one of Durban’s’ premium craft markets. That way our customers can look forward to finding great deals twice a year, and they can expect a top-class market showcasing Durban’s incredible makers for the rest of the year.”

If you can’t make this I heart SALE Market, be sure to catch their next SALE Market on 2nd February 2019 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.

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