SA Fashion Week sent its tribute to township fashion pioneer and founder of Loxion Kulca, Wandile Nzimande.
The Loxion Kulca (pronounced Culture) co-owner died on Wednesday. News of his death was announced by Kaya FM where he was also a resident deejay at the time of his death.
“Artistic, authentic, creative, caring, innovative, sharing, talented, loyal, loving, humble, dynamic, charismatic, honest, versatile, energetic, open-minded and always there for everyone, are the words that come to mind when I think of Wandi,” SA Fashion Week owner Lucilla Booyzen said in statement.
“The young man I met when he was 19 and just out of school, over the following 23 years grew into a leader who changed the shape of fashion in our country. We will deeply miss the energy, loyalty, attention and opportunities that he so freely gave to everyone around him,” Booyzen added.
Nzimande, together with Sechaba Mogale and Brian Abrahams, founded Loxion Kulca in 1999, which gained affection as the popular streetwear that represented township fashion.
The brand is still a powerhouse and continues to resemble youth culture.
Tributes continued to pour in on Thursday
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula called him a “legend, pioneer, engineer of popular culture. Lalangoxolo,” he said.
Rapper K.O (Ntokozi Mduli) said: “Rest well. Thank you for Loxion Kulca and everything you did for the culture as a whole.”
Fellow Kaya FM deejay Thabo “T-Bose” Mokwele posted a picture of Nzimande on his Twitter page and captioned it: “This was at 2010 World Cup Launch Party at Orlando Stadium, first time playing together and did we rock that crowd. Your kwaito set that night was for record books. Farewell Dawg as you transit from 1D to the eternal dimension.”
Details of Nzimande’s death and funeral service arrangements are yet to be announced.