Young fashion designer on a mission

2015-07-09 06:00
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Nkosi Mhlungu of Crazy Urban clothing with one of his designs.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese Nkosi Mhlungu of Crazy Urban clothing with one of his designs.

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WITH July being Men’s Month, NOKULUNGA­ NGOBESE spoke to a young city man who is making great strides­ in the fashion design industry.

Born 28 years ago, Nkosi Mhlungu from Imbali Unit BB is the owner of Crazy Urban Clothing. Mhlungu, who has several awards under his belt, said that his desire for being unique prompted him to study fashion in 2010.

“Although I was not sure where my passion was, growing up I have always wanted to dress differently from my peers. I started by buying T-shirts and would ask people to brand them for me.

“As time went on, I began getting orders from people because they loved my designs, and from there I realised I was passionate about fashion.”

Mhlungu said while he designs all types of clothing, his speciality is men’s suits which he says there are very few designers in this category. After completing his studies at the School of Fashion, he decided to go solo as his intention was to create his own brand.

Apart from the awards from the School of Fashion, he has won the best dressed awards for two consecutive years at the Golden Horse sprint race and participated in SA Fashion Week.

One of his designs was among the top 10 in this year’s Durban July. Mhlungu said while they say better opportunities exist outside Pietermaritzburg, his goal is to remain in the city and put Pietermaritzburg on the fashion map.

“Often people are surprised to hear that I’m from PMB as they believe other cities are better than us in terms of producing talent. I want to build a brand here and my goal is to build a designer shop with ready-made clothes which will be available here before going to other cities.

“My long-term goal is to see my label being internationally acclaimed.”

Motivating young people, Mhlungu said: “Young people should not wait for the government to do everything for them, they should be their own generators of employment.

“There is no formula for success except passion and faith in God. If you are in this industry it is important to get your name out there and make things happen for yourself. There are so many people with empty promises and if you rely on that, you will not get anywhere.”

Mhlungu said while his job is challenging, clients make it more challenging as they do not keep time and sometimes make last-minute arrangements

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