Pinetown fashion designers’ dream

2016-11-22 06:00
NPN Street fashion members (from left) Nkululeko Shabalala, Ntombi Nzuza, Philile Ninela and Nkululeko Khuboni wear some of their designs. Photo: supplied

NPN Street fashion members (from left) Nkululeko Shabalala, Ntombi Nzuza, Philile Ninela and Nkululeko Khuboni wear some of their designs. Photo: supplied

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THEIR dream is to rub shoulders with well-known fashion designers such as David Tlale.
NPN Street Fashion is a group of Pinetown designers formed under Sizanani­ Academy of sewing and design at the Pinetown Methodist Church.

The group is made up of three tailors­ - Nkululeko Shabalala from Klaarwater, Philile Ninela from Mariannhill and Nkululeko Khuboni from Klaarwater.
NPN spokesperson said: “Our group name is made up of the first letter of our names, which is Nkululeko, Philile and Nkululeko and it symbolises the letters from the Inner and Outer West licence plate.
“We met through the Sizanani Academy at the Pinetown Methodist Church after we saw each other’s design style and we thought it would be great to form a group and combine our talent.
“NPN was formed in February and our theme is vintage and traditional street attire.”

Sizanani Academy spokesperson Sharon Thorne said Sizanani is the Zulu­ word for “help one another”.
Sizanani is an organisation that offers sewing training to unskilled and unemployed people to get the for self-employment.
Sizanani’s aim is to equip students with a skill that will enable them to provide for their family - be is making clothing for their own use or making items that can be sold to bring in an income.

Thorne said Sizanani relies on funding to survive.
“Sizanani is reliant on individuals, churches, organisations and businesses to partner with it to ensure the training that is offered can continue into the future.
“Students are required to pay fees towards their training as this instills in them a sense of ownership of what they are doing and a commitment to completing the courses.”
However, in order for Sizanani to be available to people who find it financially difficult to pay for training, Sizanani keeps the cost to the student to a minimum.
For the organisation to be able to do this, it relies on partnerships with those who are willing to the work that it is doing, therefore ensuring that subsidised training fees can be offered.

Tailor Shabalala said they see the group growing tremendously in the next five years.
“We want our brand to be known nationally. I know that it will require a lot of work, but one day we will share the ramps with top South African designers.”

For more information, on NPN Street Fashion phone 062 779 1568.

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