A local fashion designer is fast making a name for herself as an astute entrepreneur and fashion forward thinker.Aphiwe Kapa, a resident of Asanda Village, designed and created a mesmerising ensemble for DA Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme. The owner of Kapa Clothing said she met Van Damme via social media. “I had posted about Kapa Clothing on Twitter and the post enjoyed many re-tweets; and I think that’s where Van Damme learnt of me and my business,” she said.“A few minutes later, Van Damme followed me on the social media platform and I immediately checked out her profile.” The talented fashionista has formal training and holds a diploma in clothing production. She has been working in the industry for three years.Kapa initially did not know Van Damme or her status in South African politics, but she was soon enlightened after a search on the dynamic politician. “Van Damme asked me for my contact number and contacted me; she asked me to design something for her and her friend,” Kapa recalled. And the 24-year-old soon got the opportunity to meet Van Damme when she popped by her Asanda Village studio. Said Van Damme: “I saw Aphiwe advertising Kapa Clothing on Twitter and saw an opportunity to support a young female entrepreneur. So I got a photo of what I wanted her to create and drove from Cape Town to Strand to meet her.”The MP heaped praise on the young fashion designer and her immaculate work. “Her service was impeccable and her work is superb. I showcased her work on Twitter, so that others may [know] and use her services. She is absolutely fantastic,” Van Damme related. And it seems the chance social media meeting and excellent service has already reaped rewards for Kapa, who is currently designing a suit for gospel artist Pastor Khaya Mayedwa for this year’s Crown Gospel Awards. “I would love to design more outfits for well-known people,” she said.“I was very excited when I was approached by Phumzile and Pastor Khaya to design creations for them.” Kapa is also proud to have designed many a stylish garment for local aspirant matriculants for their matric farewells.