South African fashion designers have been breaking waves in the fashion industry with their detailed items that hint at traditional prints and fabrics.

These are just some of the influential designers who are taking South Africa’s style all over the world.

Amanda Laird Cherry

Amanda Laird Cherry is South African fashion label that produces beautiful apparel for both women and men. Based in Durban, Amanda studied clothing design and gained ample experience in the industry before launching her own label. Her items have been exhibited at London Fashion Week.

Mzukisi Mbane (Imprint)

Mzukisi Mbane started off with no formal training, only his mother’s sewing machine. The Cape Town based label was established in 2011 by Mzukisi Mbane under the name Swagger Diariez. Imprint today, is a clothing brand that blends South African street wear with vintage designs.

Jacques van der Watt (Black Coffee)

Jacques van der Watt flawlessly incorporates traditional South African design patterns into his modern creations and pays a large amount of attention to detail. Van der Watt showed his first collection at South African Fashion Week in 1999 and since then his label has become synonymous with cutting edge, local fashion design. 

Marianne Fassler

Marianne Fassler is a well-known name in the South African fashion industry, she’s been more than three decades in the business. Fassler fashion label, Leopard Frock, is based in Johannesburg. Her designs offer creative, beautifully made clothing items and also unique wedding dresses.

Palesa Mokubung (Mantsho)

Manthso means “a beautiful complexion” in Sesotho and the label was founded by Palesa Mokubung in 2004. Palesa fuses traditional African fabrics and combines them with modern silks and weaves to create edgy clothing items. Her label has been showcased all over the world including New York, India, Nigeria and Greece. Mantsho has a stand-alone store in Melville, Johannesburg called 27 Boxes.