Abstract Summary

The South African growth on the global industry

South Africa has gradually shown resilience in growth globally with the textile, clothing and footwear being one of the dominating industries.

The history of our country has had a lot of influence in the fashion industry for a long time, as a country we have been isolated with no access to the international market.
Now that South Africa is fully part of the global community, its textile industry is promoting the local traditional fabrics which have extremely rich history and background through the promotion of the ethical fashion globally.

The ethical fashion revolution in South Africa is reshaping the industry, representing an opportunity to be the global leadership trade through the exporting of its eco friendly. fabrics.
Since 1994 US $900 million has been spent to upgrade the industry making it efficient internationally competitive and ready to become a major force in the world market.

There’s now a new trend of South African colourful fabrics inspired designs embracing the internationally catwalk, with top international fashion designers making use of these ethnic fashion fabrics in their collections.
The future of South African fashion and its growth globally looks bright with the contribution remaining in its fabric, texture and prints.

Business Profile
Nonhlanhla Ngcobo
South African Fashion Incubator

Nonhlanhla Ngcobo is the Founder of the South African Fashion Incubator (SAFI) and Limpopo Fashion Week, Director of Dali Cultural and Arts Centre, Creative Director of a fashion label D’ving Creations.
She is very much actively involved in the development programs for emerging fashion entrepreneurs in South Africa. Her organization SAFI has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency in programs aimed at assisting the fashion entrepreneurs in S.A.

She is occasionally involved in seminars addressing SA Young Entrepreneurs and has gone as far as International borders such as Botswana representing Women Entrepreneurs.

Nonhlanhla is extremely passionate about SA fashion. She was born in the fashion industry, her mother is a fashion designer and she is the one who cultivated her. Her work as a fashion designer has graced fashion editorial pages such as SA Glamour magazine and fashion week’s programs such The Mpumalanga Fashion Week.

4th International Fashion Incubators Conference : 21-25 October 2013
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