What was your first introduction to the fashion space and how old were you?
I was 4 years old. My sister looked at a pair of jeans and she saw a skirt – the way she reworked and altered her clothing was absolutely inspiring.
She triggered my desire to play with clothes myself; at a very young age and got me I into the trend of cutting up clothing, wrapping curtains around my body and cutting up magazines to make paper clothing.
You are formally educated/trained in Fashion, do you think this gives you an advantage or a point of differentiation for other designers?
Not necessarily, besides technical skills, fashion is really about having a good eye.
Creatives pull inspirations from a variety of sources, where is your starting point for a concept for a range, a shoot or a product, how do you kick start the process?
Generally my design process is different from season to season, sometimes it starts with a song, fabric, the core inspiration or just me strutting down my corridor imaging how a skirt moves.
South African designers are often limited with fabric, you have gotten around this through the use of clever cuts, textures such as pleating, print design etc. Do you think that the limited accessibility of materials has pushed you into being more creative?
Yes and No, in the beginning that was definitely the case. I had to design smart and within my means but now I’ve developed my own aesthetic and there’s certain things that will always be in a RICH MNISI collection.