12 “Threads Accelerator Programme” Finalists Announced
From over 400 entries received across South Africa, twelve South African fashion industry creatives recently kicked off the programme..
“Selecting the finalists from the deluge of entries we received was thrilling and somewhat overwhelming – we really had our work cut out for us in whittling the list down to the final 12” comments Tania Habimana, co-founder of the Threads programme “The creativity in the South African fashion industry is world class – all “marketing rigour that’ll take their businesses to the next level. We at Threads, alongside with our sponsor Standard Bank, and partner Mercedes-Benz, cannot wait to commence this journey with these very deserving entrepreneurs.”
The finalists certainly represent the inspiring diversity of the South African fashion aesthetic – from designers of maternity wear, modesty wear and luxury women ranges, to belts and handbag design houses and denim wear designers, the participants in the inaugural Threads programme have one thing in common – they are each running fashion businesses with enormous potential to become major industry power players. The 12 participants of the Threads – Stitched by Standard Bank accelerator programme are:
- Anthony Smith of 2Bop – street wear label based in Cape Town. They manufacture and produce headwear, apparel and accessories.
- Majda Rabin of Chimpel – a Cape Town based luxury leather accessories (belts and handbags) design house. Website: www.chimpel.co.za, Instagram @Chimpel_South Africa, Facebook Chimpel – Luxury Leather Accessories, Twitter @ChimpelM.
- Evans Zemba of Walk In Closet (WIC) Designs, a Port Elizabeth based men & womens leisurewear fashion house, Instagram @wicdesign.
- Thabo Makhetha of Thabo Makhetha an African luxury brand, well known for her Basotho blanket “Kobo” creations, the brand’s Classic Starburst piece, was nominated for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2016(MBOISA) at the Design Indaba. Website – Thabomakhetha.com, Instagram @TmakccJunior
- Mmotla of MAMAGASEHOME, a men & womans streetwear fashion range – Twitter/Instagram @Mamagasehome.
- Yamkela Lize of Refined Revolt, an East-London based textile designer and handbag accessory manufacturer. Twitter & Instagram – @refinedrevolt, website www.refinedrevolt.com.
- Asanda Mali of Mal’stones – a Port Elizabeth based body-positive women’s wear fashion house. Instagram/Twitter – @Malstones.
- Tshego Manche of La Manche Clothing a Joburg based premium womanswear fashion house. Instagram – @lamancheofficial, Facebook – La Manche, twitter @LaMancheSA.
- Jacqueline Munsami of JSE Couture – a Durban based fashion house that has three lines, Jacqui Emmanuel Couture, Jacqui Emmanuel Pret n’ Porter and Emmanuel Sportsluxe. Their prints are exclusive to their label, as are their laser cuts, embroidery and embossing. Instagram: @Emmaneulsportsluxe, Facebook Jacqui Emmanel ii, Website www.jacquiemmanuel.com.
- Lyndall Moodley of Hannah Grace Maternity, a Durban based maternity wear designed to provide expectant and nursing mothers with comfortable, affordable and versatile clothing. Website – www.hannahgrace-sa.com.
- Sabiha Badsha of Haya Collective , a Johannesburg based contemporary modest wear brand – website www.hayacollective.com , Instagram, Facebook & Twitter – @HayaCollective.
- Tshepo Mohlala of Tshepo the Jeanmaker – a premium lifestyle denim brand with strong roots in South Africa. Instagram@Tshepothejeanmaker Website – Tshepothejeanmaker.co.za.
The twelve creatives will participate in the programme, the curriculum of which was co-created with the e4 Impact Foundation, an initiative of the Universita Cattolico of Milan, which focuses on impact entrepreneurship. The curriculum covers the broad swathe of business operations, including financing and retaining employees, lean manufacturing, eCommerce and specialised procurement methods and marketing.
At the conclusion of the 12 week programme, they will present their new business models to the panel of judges, businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo, branding guru Timothy Maurice Webster, creative Jacqui Burger, CEO of online retailer Spree, Vincent Hoogduijin, and Maxhosa fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo.
The participant that the panel of judges ultimately selects as the winner will receive a package of prizes that’s designed to set them up for sure success – a Mercedes-Benz ambassadorship, which will see them driving a brand new vehicle for a year-long period, a Standard Bank curated SME start-up pack, and international trade trip to Europe, where they’ll present their businesses to wholesale buyers and retailers, a high-impact private distribution network, and attend industry trade fairs.