An architecture graduate from the University of Cape Town, Sindiso Khumalo worked with celebrated international architect, David Adjaye for eight years before completing an MA degree in Textiles at Central St Martins in London.
Distinctive of her signature brand which she launched in 2014, is the graphic images she develops for her textile prints that draw on her Zulu and Ndebele heritage as well as modernistic Bauhaus and post-modern Italian Memphis group references.
Equally key is her emphasis on African storytelling and the need for beautifully designed garments with everyday wearability.
Khumalo states, “Beautiful things alone are long gone. The world wants more”. The “more” for Khumalo is clothes that can become heirlooms because they are made to last and are in natural fabrics. She further states, “The materiality of objects has always fascinated me. I felt with textiles I could be involved in the materials made to create a garment, as well as the garment construction itself”.
She still wears cherished pieces handed down to her grandmother. She loves the pace of the fashion industry but has incorporated architectural principles in her approach. Equally, she believes that clothes must be ethically made and made to last and has spoken on sustainable fashion platforms at both the United Nations and the European Union. She has collaborated with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative to make handwoven fabric with artisans in Burkina Faso.
As the winner of the Vogue Italia‘s ‘Who is on next – Dubai’ competition in 2015, she was able to launch her label on the European circuit with her show at Milan Fashion Week.
Sindiso Khumalo is featured in the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition, 21 YEARS: Making Histories with South African Fashion Week (2018 – 2019).