Sindiso Khumalo is a Womenswear textile designer who was born in Botswana and raised in Durban, South Africa. She studied architecture at the university of Cape Town before moving to London to work for an award winning Ghanaian British architect, David Adjaye. She decided to take a plunge into fashion, and went on to study a Masters in Design for Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins in London. Graduating with distinction for her final project, Sindiso was shortlisted for the Elle Magazine Rising Star Competition. Having launched her eponymous namesake label in 2012, she showcased her SS13 collection at the Elle competition awards. Sindiso’s Aretha Dress was nominated for ‘Most Beautiful Object in South Africa’ by Design Indaba Cape Town in February 2013.
The Sindiso Khumalo label focuses on sustainable contemporary textiles. She draws inspiration from her rich Zulu and Ndebele culture, and merges that with the Bauhaus and Memphis Movement influence. While her studio is based in London, her collections are made in South Africa. She has also been working closely with NGOs in South Africa to impact. “I believe fashion can become an empowering agent by creating a positive economic activity in otherwise marginalized parts of the world.” She also said; “It’s important to me that the clothes have integrity. That the workers are paid a decent wage, and I work closely with the people who make the clothes.”
Sindiso Khumalo is not only making beautiful clothes, but she is helping to create opportunities to help battle South Africa’s unemployment problems. Sindiso is the kind of designer we get excited about, here at JANET + GEORGE.