Local Small Businesses Worth Supporting (Fashion and Retail)

south african entrepreneurs fashion brands

south african entrepreneurs fashion brands

It’s ‘Support Local’ week on SME South Africa. We are showcasing local makers and designers who are behind many beautiful (and delicious) 100% local South African products. This is the fashion edition.

See also: Decor; Beauty; Food & Beverages

In case you needed a reminder, here are some of the benefits of supporting small businesses:
– Unique products and services
– Funding great ideas and ventures that only exist outside of mainstream, corporate chains
– The money you spend at a local small business funnels back into your community
– Help to create jobs
– A chance to grow the economy

Sinkwa Sethu Clothing

According to their slogan, this online clothing store makes clothes “for a colourful people”. The brand celebrates the founders’ Zulu, Xhosa and Tswana heritage through their vibrant and colourful garments.

Blu Betty

Blu Betty is a local manufacturer of an authentic range of leather goods including shoes and handbags.

House of Fabrosanz

House of Fabrosanz makes clothes for the modern day working woman. They specialise in ready-to-wear office and cocktail attire.

Tumalone Lifestyle

This clothing company makes dresses, blouses, pants and leather belts. Each are tailor-made to a client’s specifications in their signature style.

south african entrepreneurs tumalone lifestyle

south african entrepreneurs tumalone lifestyle

Oratile Kids

The Oratile Kids’ baby and kids essentials range includes baby care products, clothing and shoes. There are plans to expand into toys, furniture, education and technology.

south african entrepreneurs oratile kids

south african entrepreneurs oratile kids

Sunny + Bear

Made from 100% linen, this clothing brand produces pure, simple and practical clothing items.

Plus-Fab

Plus-Fab is geared towards the fashion savvy, modern day plus-size woman. Malesela Rachel “Ouma” Tema is the creative and founding director of the company.

Psychic by Palesa Tshukudu

Smart ladies wear is what the Palesa Tshukudu brand specialises in. Their target market is the professional working woman. They also offer fashion consulting and wardrobe planning services.

south african entrepreneurs psychic by palesa

south african entrepreneurs psychic by palesa

Exodus International Factory

Exodus International Factory are manufacturers of clothing items for the retail, corporate, hospitality and government sectors. They provide pleating and covering of belts and buttons to fashion houses and other clothing manufacturers.

south african entrepreneurs exodus international factory

south african entrepreneurs exodus international factory

Chepa Streetwear

This e-commerce-based business largely markets their products on their digital platforms. They produce African print streetwear.

south african entrepreneurs chepa streetwear

south african entrepreneurs chepa streetwear

Ledikane Creations

This fashion and accessories brand specialises in contemporary African garments, hats and other fashion accessories. Their handmade products are culturally inspired.

south african entrepreneurs Ledikane Creations

south african entrepreneurs Ledikane Creations

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