Tailored for fashion
From being protected from the world, to being on a mission to putting Vryheid on the world map Ndumiso Nxumalo is proving to his late grandmother that he is no longer that tiny boy who had to stay indoors. Reminiscing on the good old days, Ndumiso spoke fondly of his grandmother and where his love for fashion began.
‘’I was a very tiny child. I think my grandmother was always afraid that I would fall or be blown by the wind, so she constantly carried me on her back. As a result, I spent a lot of time indoors and I ended up having speech problems which I have now learnt to embrace,” Nxumalo explained
Nxumalo is making more than statements with his fashion and has received a lot of support on social media after he posted a video showcasing garments he had designed for Durban July 2020. At just 22 years old, the student of Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion Design is ahead of his time and says he draws inspiration from the fashion mogul David Tlale.
The signs of his passion for fashion started showing when he was very young and would dress up his late mother for functions and celebrations. He says he was always the go to guy and the “outfit fixer” in his family.
He says the world has no idea of the amount of work he had to put in to make all he has achieved a reality and that behind the scenes it was challenging.
“You have to make your signature and work very hard. I have had my fair share of sleepless nights,” he added.
According to the creative, the lack of support the youth receives is the reason some are led astray. He encourages the youth to always stand together, support one another and be proud of their God given talents.
“Never forget where you come from,” Nxumalo said with confidence confirming that the boy that was once tiny has now grown into a man who is ready to take on the world and grab it by the horns.
Picture: Ndumiso Nxumalo