South Africa

South Africa's The Joinery is Turning Fashion Into a Social Movement

“Do Something. Anything.” South African fashion brand The Joinery stands strong behind the belief that if everyone does something, no matter how small, all of us can make a…

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Pharrell Williams, Woolworths Team Up to "Make Sustainability Cool"

Woolworths could tell you a thing or two about hiring coups. The South African department store has just appointed Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams, who will spearhead…

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Repurpose's Solar-Powered Schoolbags Do More Than Carry Stuff

CARRY ON Another upside of using plastic? The bags are waterproof. (“There’s nothing worse than wet books,” notes the duo.) And since aesthetics played a huge role from…

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Wear a Piece of the Robben Island Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela

The 10-foot-tall wire fence that once confined Nelson Mandela for 18 years is getting a do-over. Capetown designer Charmaine Taylor is salvaging pieces of barbed wire from the infamous…

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Grandt Mason: Upcycled Vegan Shoes, Ethically Made in South Africa

On the cutting edge of vegan footwear, South African atelier, Grandt Mason Originals produces sustainable, unique, handmade designs that promote locally sourced and recycled materials.…

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"The Street Store" is the First Pop-Up Clothing Store for the Homeless

South Africa’s Street Store doesn’t just help to clothe the homeless, but also gives them the retail experience of choosing their own wares. With the idea to give the homeless the…

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Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere's Place in the Luxury Industry?

Photo by Shutterstock MOHAIR \ˈmōˌhe(ə)r\ n 1: A luxurious, all-natural fiber made from the curly locks of the angora goat. 2: The focus of a recent summit in the town of…

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Show Your Olympic Spirit With Global Goods' Recycled Wire Earrings

Ring in the Olympics with Global Goods’ two-tone wire-wrapped earrings. Fairly handmade by women Zulu artisans in South Africa from recycled wire, each pair comes in your choice…

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MaXhosa by Laduma Offers Eco-Knits That Sustain South African Traditions

HERITAGE KNITS Ngxokolo, who graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a degree in fashion, toyed with the idea of moving to Cape Town in the beginning, but he decided…

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Maiyet: A Luxury Label Founded by a Former Anti-Apartheid Leader

GOODS FOR GOOD Maiyet, which made its debut at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, is the brainchild of Van Zyl and Kristy Caylor, former president of popular apparel brand Band of…

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Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Apparel to Boost South Africa's Garment Industry

A former South African president—and an anti-apartheid icon, at that—is the last person you’d expect to launch a clothing line, but Nelson Mandela didn’t win a Nobel…

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