Gxalaba has shoulders to lean on, fashion wise

2018-01-11 06:00
Mad About Rasta founder Lwam Gxalaba is hoping to bring trendy fashion in local townships.

Mad About Rasta founder Lwam Gxalaba is hoping to bring trendy fashion in local townships.

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A Khayelitsha entrepreneur is taking inspiration from her Rastafarian identity to propel her business forward.

Lwam Gxalaba is founder of Mad About Rasta, a fashion consultancy, events coordinating, decorations and hiring enterprise in one.

The Rasta woman from I Section has been guiding her clients in fashion trends and organising events since the launch of the company in 2013.

She said her goal is not get the bottom line but create a positive perception of local business and get more people using local business.

“We organise and coordinate lifestyle events, for example red carpet events, Expos, that are normally hosted in up market places and are never hosted in neighbourhoods like the Cape Flats. We also do the decorations at other people’s events and we also do hire out customized backdrops for events,” she said.

She said that some of her passions was offering fashion and style advice to her clients. The 30 year old said that her journey into this business began as a way to express herself.

“In the Rasta community women have to dress a certain way that often does not align with current trends, so I started to make my own clothes, which are trendy.

In 2011 when I was working at the airport I spoke about my ideas and I sounded crazy until I decided to start something so I did three years later,” she said.

She said that her clients are not just people in the Rastafarian community as many would assume.

“We do not live as an island but we are part of the community so I work with everyone. I do spend some time informing things that are in line with my belief. For instance diet, I am a vegan and I do help locals with finding where they can find vegan food and such things,” she said.

She said that her highlights in business includes hosting an expo in Khayelitsha.

“Last year in November we partnered with My Natural Hair to host a natural hair at Isivivana and also was featured in a national TV show which was amazing,” she said.

Gxalaba said that she plans to remain in the cusp of trending fashion and present a classy element to the local.

“The idea is to bring the “Top Billing” lifestyle to the people “eKasi” to live, enjoy and experience. We are working into bringing the lifestyle people see on TV and social networks to the people.

Introducing a trendy lifestyle that also informs people of what is trending, how can one invest in a stylist to up their brand and how can one take care of themselves and their health without spending a lot.

We introducing aspects and bringing about a positive change to the way our people have been looking and seeing things,” she said.

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