Fashion designer, Mfezeko Cobokana, from KwaBhaca, gained as the best established designer at Umzimvubu Regional Municipality’s once-a-year manner display a short while ago.
A nearby trend designer, Mfezeko Cobokana (26), from Qumra in KwaBhaca, lately shared his journey from the rural outskirts of Umzimvubu Nearby Municipality.
He was one particular of the manner designers who took element in the annual trend display that was held by the municipality and walked absent with the best proven designer award at the party.
He claimed it was his 3rd time of taking part in the celebration, but his to start with win.
He started accomplishing needlework at Osborne Senior Secondary College in KwaBhaca.
Immediately after he handed matric he was identified by the municipality, who managed to just take him to Durban, in which he furthered his experiments in style design.
“I am stitching casual have on and we are specialising in school uniforms most of the time. At the instant we have two universities that we are sewing for, and this experienced led me to have 7 team at the instant.
“I am very pleased to say that I qualified all of them ahead of they began performing with me,” stated Cobokana.
He also attended an export schooling programme that was hosted by Japanese Cape Enhancement Company (ECDC), the place the participants were taught how to promote their outfits in other nations around the world.
“The instruction took two months. I can guarantee you now that I am wondering of a little something new that I will sew and sell.”
He encouraged youthful people today in the manner industry to guarantee that their get the job done is neat, and they should grab all the chances they get.
Cobokana claimed he labored challenging to be the place he is these days, so these who want to follow in his footsteps ought to also operate challenging.
Spokesperson for the Umzimvubu Local Municipality, Nokhanyo Zembe, claimed the style clearly show function begun in 2014.
She said the intention was to encourage regional deigners and compact medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), so that they could showcase and market their goods to neighborhood people today.
“It is an once-a-year event, now in its sixth 12 months. Cobokana is one particular of the merchandise of our designer mentorship programme, which supports our neighborhood designers by providing teaching, sewing product and industrial equipment,” explained Zembe.
She confirmed that Cobokana was among the 15 beneficiaries who had participated in the designer mentorship programme considering the fact that it was started out.
“The progress is gratifying, as we see designers who have managed to open up their outlets in spots like Mthatha and just one store in Gauteng.”