Cotton On Group unveils R300 million new headquarters and distribution centre for Southern Africa

The Cotton On Group has long been loved for the brands and trend-driven value products that it has brought to South Africa’s shores, such as Cotton On, Typo and Factorie. Now, the retail group has taken its presence in the region further by investing in a R300 million custom-built new central office and distribution centre in Johannesburg, that will further enhance their customer experience. Beyond signifying a commitment to the country, the new premises are an extension of the company’s pledge to Doing Good in all areas of its operations.

I was part of a handful of selected media to attend a VIP walk through of the new facility, and I got to see just how massive an operation it is to house millions of items, and to satisfy customers when they “add to cart” and order online.

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Cell C Inanda Africa Cup 2022

The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup is a knockout polo championship that offers an action-packed day with a display of exceptional horsemanship amongst competing teams from all over the African continent. The polo season continues to bring together a premium audience, with a taste for fashion, delectable dining experiences and an action packed game of polo with teams competing for the opportunity to be crowned the winners. This year’s tournament is set to take place on Sunday 26 June 2022, returning to the picturesque Inanda Club, situated in the heart of Sandton, where the influential polo set will experience a high-octane polo demonstration of talent and horse power in the dual for the coveted trophy. Teams from South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania as well as Zimbabwe have announced their return to the tournament to reclaim their winning title.

The polo season has had the country abuzz as fashion savants and polo novices all the way through to experts join in on enjoying and celebrating the fast-paced sport.  The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup is no exception to this experience and promises to bring together patrons to enjoy an afternoon of horsemanship, swinging mallets and a social experience like none other.

“We are excited to join forces with the Inanda Club as they continue to pioneer and create development opportunities while retaining the entertainment value of the sport of polo. At Cell C, we pride ourselves in meaningful projects that drive unique experiences for consumers and the Cell C Africa Polo Cup will do exactly that. We are excited to see our South African development team showcase their skills against teams from the continent.” – Chief Commercial Officer, Simo Mkhize.

Well-known as the Sport of Kings, polo has always been known as a spectator sport for equestrians and high society, however with Cell C’s support, it is now accessible to all. The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup promises to bring a luxe experience with its Africa Now theme celebrating Africa’s elite fashion and social experiences in the 21st century. The event invites patrons from all walks of life to enjoy unique experiences tailored to perfection.

Craig James, Polo Manager at Inanda Club concludes: “The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup is an exciting project for us at the Inanda Club. We are thrilled to be teaming up with an incredible partner such as Cell C who have made this prestigious event possible. Over the years we have seen a tremendous growth and interest in the sport of polo in communities where the sport was previously inaccessible and with every game we wish to execute bigger and better experiences so that patrons can come and enjoy an affair like none other.”

Patrons and guests can expect to be whisked away with upbeat sounds from Mzansi’s much loved DJs, while soaking up the sun, enjoying a delicious cocktail or drink of choice and, of course, enjoying the sport of polo and its well-known traditions such as divot stomping.

Let’s get ready to paint the polo field orange!

Packages include:

Picnic sites from R 3,000 for 5 pax OR R 5,500 for 10 Pax.


Go to Howler.co.za to book your tickets or click here: https://www.howler.co.za/cellcinandaafricapolo


Address Inanda Club, Forrest Rd & 6th Ave, Inanda, Sandton, 2196.

Panier des Sens Launches in South Africa

I recently attended the launch of luxury French brand Panier des Sens, at the gorgeous LUEUR Wellness Spa in Parkmore, Sandton in Johannesburg. Lush, exquisite and truly French, can best describe the event, set in a tropical looking garden filled with Panier des Sens (meaning basket of the senses) products around every corner.

Inspired by the natural resources of France and old Mediterranean know-how, the company creates perfumes, soaps, luxurious creams and oils as well as candles and home fragrances , all of which magnify the beauty of Provence in the south of France. Now South Africans can get a taste, or rather indulge in the botanical fragrance of France, right here!

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SA Fashion Week 2022

Ecological sustainability, women’s empowerment, inter brand collaboration and proudly local production investment are some of the dynamic developments that mark SA Fashion Week’s 25th Spring/Summer Collections.
 
The SAFW’22 Spring Summer Collections will be showcased from 28 – 30 April, Parkade G5, Entrance 24 at Mall of Africa in Johannesburg.

Twenty iconic names including Ephraim Molingoana for Ephymol,  Amanda Laird Cherry and Palesa Mokubung of Mantsho as well as cult Kasi brand, Loxion Kulca, now designed by Olé Ledimo, will launch their 2022 collections to the media, buyers, selected VIPs and a limited edition of public tickets through Quicket, alongside exciting new stars including 2021 New Talent winner Artho Eksteen as well as Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu and Sipho Mbuto who both participated in the Fashion Bridges collaboration with Milan Fashion Week last year. 
 

Hosted by SA’s favourite social personality, Maps Maponyane, the 24th New Talent Search will again open the event with a line-up of six of the most promising young designers to watch. This year’s contenders are:


·       Thando Ntuli – MUNKUS
·       Nichole Smith – Ipikoko
·       Mikhile du Plessis – MeKay Designs
·       Calvin Lunga Cebekhulu – Czene.24
·       Sanelisiwe Gcabashe – Gjenelo Couture
·       Mimangaliso Ndiko – Sixx6

Other highlights of the first day is the CRUZ COLLECTIVE featuring Sokhulu and Mbuto as well as another new generation notable, Michael Ludwig Studio.

Day two opens with The OPPO COLLECTIONS which brings Artho EksteenEzokhetho, the gender-neutral signature, The BAM Collective, and the much revered, Amanda Laird Cherry, together in a celebration of technology and perfection that will speak to OPPO’s Reno 5 mobile phone as the quintessential tool with which to capture the ethos of contemporary living as “the new spectator sport” which happens where everyone, everywhere engages, interacts, captivates and comments.

“We are excited to go into our second year of partnership with SA Fashion Week. This is an important partnership for OPPO, as it gives us the space to connect with our customers and it shows our commitment to empowering local talent through our technology to curate a line of sustainably resourced fashion that represents both the heartbeat and heritage of our country. We are looking forward to our second collection and what our designers will come up with this year. For us, it is all about the creative collaboration that translates South African culture into design, which is the essence of what the OPPO brand represents both locally and globally.”  says Avashnee Moodley, Head of Marketing at Oppo South Africa.
 
This is followed by the high-profile trio of Cape Town-based Helon Melon who wowed audiences in 2021 with her all-white, sustainable collection, fashion forward Judith Atelier, an ardent supporter of South African mohair and perennial fashion week darling, Palesa Mokubung of Mantsho.

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CATRICE announces Minki van der Westhuizen as New Brand Ambassador

Minki van der Westhuizen

A new face has joined the CATRICE family. Beloved South African model and television presenter Minki van der Westhuizen, who most recently premiered her very own Afrikaans talk show simply titled “MINKI” has been named the newest local brand ambassador for the German makeup brand. As part of her partnership with the brand, Minki will star in the MinkiXCATRICE campaign.

Willemien ‘Minki’ van der Westhuizen – the former presenter of “Pasella” on SABC 2 and the Afrikaans dating reality series “Boer Soek ‘n Vrou” – is admired not only for her drop-dead beauty, but also for her amazing character. The mother and wife who has won many hearts with her outstanding presenting skills is a role model for many people. This is an aspect that has made her acquire more than 192 000 followers on Instagram and 199 000 on Facebook. In an Influencer capacity, Minki was voted the most approachable, sincere and trustworthy by women in South Africa in a recent Garnier influencer survey.

Inspired by the trends in the fashion capitals of the world, CATRICE is an innovative and luxury-inspired makeup line with an affordable price tag and clean products you can feel good about. Professional makeup artists and influencers alike have been raving about the brand’s game-changing complexion products that rival the formulations of high-end brands, namely the HD Foundation, Liquid Camouflage Concealer as well as the Prime and Fine Primers and Sprays. Beyond that, CATRICE does not carry out or commission any testing on animals. Currently, more than 80% of the range is vegan, however, the brand is moving towards being 100% vegan.

Speaking on the partnership, CEO of Cosmetix Cindy Nell-Roberts says that Minki is the quintessential CATRICE woman – she is authentic, glamorous and has long used and loved CATRICE makeup.

“Minki – who is relatable as a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend – values the high quality of CATRICE at affordable prices with no smoke and mirrors, giving all the savings back to our customers. What’s more, we are excited that she is passionate about helping her fans and followers learn how to do their makeup.” Cindy concludes, “Working with Minki is always a pleasure – her unique personality and enthusiasm for life embody the CATRICE brand values.”

Minki made her debut brand appearance for the MinkiXCATRICE campaign in December 2021. She will showcase the same talent that makes her one of the media and entertainment industry’s most wanted names alongside fellow brand ambassador Anele Zondo. CATRICE’s range of cult-favourite face, lip, eye and skincare products are available at selected Clicks, Dis-Chem, Superbalist, Takealot.com and House of Cosmetics.

Anele Zondo named new CATRICE brand ambassador

German makeup brand CATRICE, represented by Cosmetix in South Africa, has appointed TV presenter, actress and model Anele Zondo as its new local brand ambassador. 

Taking to social media, the ever-sassy and fun-loving Anele said that she was excited to sign a first-of-its-kind deal in Africa. The One Mic and Massive Music host’s acting career began with a recurring role in the second season of the Mzansi Magic drama series It’s Complicated, followed by Saints and Sinners and award-winning soapie The River. Anele has also just launched her rap career with her debut single “Ingwe” featuring Given Zulu, which has been well received by the public. 

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PEP partners with Loxion Kulca

I first heard about the clothing brand Loxion Kulca way back in 2005 when I was the Assistant Producer for the SABC 1 show “Spirit Sundae”. Loxion Kulca sponsored our presenters’ clothing at the time and the duo that founded the iconic urban street fashion brand, Wandi Nzimande and Sechaba Mogale, were huge entrepreneurs.

PEP has announced that the latest collection from Loxion Kulca is now exclusively available in over 1,000 PEP stores, making this range more readily available to customers.

“We have rolled out this collection exclusively to most of our PEP stores nationwide, following a very successful pre-launch in a few PEP stores last year. We always aim to make fashion as affordable and accessible as possible and having Loxion Kulca in more of our stores will make this renowned brand more accessible to our customers”, says PEP Chief Marketing Executive, Beyers van der Merwe.

The original Mzansi township brand, Loxion Kulca, was co-founded 21 years ago as a brand by the people, for the people. As an iconic and proudly South African clothing label, Loxion Kulca is an important part of the country’s streetwear heritage, culture and fashion scene. The brand gave birth to a lot of movements and trends. Bucket hats, that have made their way back into fashion, are some of the items that the brand introduced and is renowned for in South Africa.

PEP continuously improves and evolves to stay relevant and partnering with a local brand such as Loxion Kulca is one of the many ways they are delighting their customers. PEP’s customers are at the heart of everything they do, which is why their biggest priority will be to offer enough options for everyone to look and feel good, everyday.

Check out the PEP Facebook and Instagram pages for more details about the collection.

Crocheting is Cool with Mama Kea

The word crochet is likely to conjure images of your grandmother’s doilies. However, two young entrepreneurs in Newtown, Johannesburg are setting the record straight.

The strength of Mama Kea lies in its combination of young and old talent. It started when the founders, Sicelo Mabuza and his business partner Khulani Sikhosana, teamed up with two elderly women, Irene Mabitsela and Emma Mavimbela, who they met selling crochet beanies at the Soweto Arts and Craft Fair back in 2015.

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Win with Zando this Black Friday

South Africa’s premier online shopping destination, Zando, will reward four lucky shoppers with a  stylish wardrobe valued at R100,000 ahead of their Black Friday campaign, which runs from 15 October to 4 November 2021.

“As South Africans start rediscovering the joy of dressing up and going out, we are excited to offer four fashion lovers a chance to win a R25 000 voucher each to spend on their favourite local and international brands. Our consumers get an extra spoil ahead of the festive season,” said Zando CEO, Grant Brown.

To participate in the campaign, consumers will have to sign up with their email address for exclusive access to Black Friday offers (https://www.zando.co.za/mlp-black-friday/). They can shop for the latest trends from brands like Adidas, Nike, Sissy Boy, Gucci, Guess and Prada as well as summer fashion, beauty or gift-giving ideas on the platform.

Zando continues to develop its relevance by launching new brands across fashion, beauty and lifestyle, ensuring that consumers experience world-class online shopping in South Africa.

All Zando Black Friday deals can be found online at https://www.zando.co.za/and on the Zando App.

SA Fashion Week at Mall of Africa

All the allure of live is set to return to local fashion as relaxed lock-down levels allow Mall of Africa to stage South African Fashion Week Autumn/Winter Collections on the runway to a select VIP audience from 28 – 30 October 2021. 

The shows featuring 29 top designers, will then again be streamed from 4 November to a wider audience including international media, designer clients and local and global followers of fashion. The 2020 show broadcasts were viewed by over 73545 people worldwide and have therefore become a key new addition to the amplification of SA fashion marketing, says director Lucilla Booyzen.

This will be followed by the SAFW Trade Show in the Crystal Court at the Mall of Africa with 40 designers of men’s and womenswear as well as accessories ranging from footwear and handbags to costume jewellry and millinery from 31 October – 1 November and the SAFW Pop Up Shop where fashion lovers will be able to interact and buy directly from all the participating designers from 3 – 5 December, in the same venue.

“Mall of Africa is immensely proud to support South African design, both by staging this dynamic showcase as well as by making retail opportunities available to talented fashion entrepreneurs,” says Michael Clampett, Asset and Property Management Executive at Attacq Limited, about the three-year hosting partnership.

According to Booyzen, participating designers are increasingly adopting the circular fashion system required to transition towards a more sustainable and cleaner, fashion order. 
“This is evident throughout all the collections be it the new seasonal ranges by established designers or the entries for our New Talent or Scouting Menswear competitions with feature principles such as waste reduction, low impact materials, longevity and recyclability as well as a greater emphasis on higher quality and timeless design.”

Improved synergy between the designers and the downstream value chain, particularly in the fabric and local yarn production sectors where South Africa has a strong presence such as mohair and wool production, has emerged as another key driver of future sustainability. 


This has resulted in Fashion Bridges – I Ponti Della Moda, a South African and Italian designer-led initiative between SAFW, the Italian embassy, Polimoda in Florence and the Milan Fashion Week and supported by textile company Da Gamma as well as Wool SA, Cotton SA and Mohair SA,  which allowed Italian designers Julian Cerro, Llaria Bellomo, Domico Orefice and Alessia Dovero and South Africans Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu, Sipho Mbuto, The Bam Collective and Xavier Sadan to stage an exhibition at the Milan Fashion Week in September and again on 28 October at SAFW. 

“Representing approximately 50% of the world’s mohair producers, we welcome the opportunity to introduce this luxurious and sustainable South African fibre to a wider audience through the Fashion Bridges – I Ponti Della Moda project,” says Marco Coetzee – general manager, Mohair South Africa

The six finalists of the Scouting Menswear Competition will open this year’s SAFW on 28 October. They are Marquin Sampson, Refuse Clothing Brand, Saint Vuyo, Umsweko, Vanklan and Boyde who will show how they have responded to the creative challenge to transform 100% textile “waste” desirable, scalable, and commercially viable garments for the South African consumers.

SAFW and OPPO celebrate the technology giant’s first year in South Africa with a new partnership that will include the staging of the OPPO Collections, a show featuring a stellar cast of Thabo Kopele, winner of the 2020 Scouting Menswear Competition, Neo Rangaka of NEO, Mikhayla Farouk of Maklele and World Fashion Award winner, Amanda Laird Cherry, all unveiling their seasonal ranges produced exclusively in sustainable fabrics.

 “We are excited to have SAFW as a platform to demonstrate how OPPO’s philosophy of technology as an art form in service of mankind and being kind to the world, can be expressed in the equally modern yet classic and earth-friendly signatures of the designers we will be partnering with,” says Avashnee Moodley, Head of Marketing at OPPO.

The Rise and Shine Collections opens the week’s second day on 29 October with a collaboration between designer signatures Romaria, Ezokhetho and Erre and South Africa’s favourite personal pampering brand, Satiskin. “Satiskin has been a favourite indulgence in many South African bathrooms for a very long time. We are honoured to be the personal care and beauty partner of this platform that recognises our nation’s talent and creativity,” says brand manager Cabangile Dlamini

Day two ends with the new collections from SAFW stalwarts, Mantsho, Franc Elis, Sober and Rubicon. A trio of bright young designer talents – Artho Eksteen, 2021’s New Talent winner, Jacques Bam from The Bam Collective and 2021 New Talent finalist Michael Ludwig will collaborate on a joint show titled no season no sex, followed by the new collections respectively from Judith Atelier.

The final show of the event will feature the new collections from Johannesburg-based The Watermelon Social Club, a graduate of the 21 Steps designer development program, previous Scouting Menswear finalists, Ntando XV and Richard Hoy, ending off with Adam Chancellor-Maddison.

According to Booyzen, the partnerships with Carlton Hair, the official hair sponsor as well as MAC, the event’s official make-up, are an integral component of the SAFW offering.

The visual language of hair and make-up is part and parcel of the total fashion moment. It is critical that these stylists understand and can interpret the designer’s vision completely. Fashion and trendsetting have always been key pillars of both the MAC and Carlton Hair brands. Equally they both share SAFW’s community and clean ecology ethos. It truly is a match made in heaven for SAFW,” she says.

According to Booyzen, the online presence that SAFW has developed over the past year, is set to grow in response to the interest from fashion followers.

“We will therefore unpack both the designers’ backstories as well as those of the various brands that are associated with the event.” 

Dates to diarise are:

  • 28 to 30 October – SAFW Collections – Mall of Africa – Entrance 22
  • 31 October and 1st November – SAFW Trade Show – Mall of Africa, Crystal Court
  • 3rd – 5th December SAFW Pop Up Shop – Mall of Africa, Crystal Court

Tickets for the live shows at the Mall of Africa are available on: www.safashionweek.co.zawww.quicket.co.za.

Only 10 tickets per show are available to the public.