HELLO Fashion Monthly

PART OF MY FABRIC

Social justice and female empowerment are “part and parcel” of Sindiso Khumalo’s fashion label. When we speak to the designer from her studio in Cape Town, she’s putting together the final touches of her SS21 collection that will be shown virtually during Milan Fashion Week – her debut on the city’s official schedule. Something that makes her both excited and nervous.

She’s further elated having recently discovered she’ll be part of the 2021 Net-a-porter The Vanguard programme, a global mentorship that supports emerging design talent. “For me, I feel a little bit like Robin Hood: selling luxury clothes to Net-a-porter and then helping to remove women from poverty. That is my agenda.”

For her collections, Sindiso, who’s worked with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion initiative for many years, connects with small non-profit making workshops in Burkina Faso and South Africa, which produce many of the brand’s handmade pieces.

“We’ve also started a new initiative where I employ ex-sex workers. We train them in crochet and hand embroidery – this collection features crochet pockets on our

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