Sad times for creatives as KZN fashion council closes its doors
The KwaZulu-Natal fashion council will shut its doors on the 30th of October after a successful 11-year run.
The fashion council shared the news in a written statement that was posted on the councils Instagram page on Monday saying; “This closure is due to the economic slump, the depleted funds, the serious lack of funding and the negative impact of covid-19.”
The KZNFC is a non-profit organization that is aimed at developing the fashion and design fraternity in KwaZulu-Natal and is responsible for propelling the careers of Durban-based designers with their 21 steps to retail programme that allowed designers the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the fashion retail industry and land their commercial garments in retail stores such as The Space, Yde and several other stores as their spearhead.
“It is rather very sad that such a big stakeholder that played a very pivotal role in uplifting Durban-based fashion creatives. From models, to photographers and stylists, everybody benefitted,” said Durban based fashion designer and member of the council Treasure Cindi of Treasure Cindi.
In October 2019, the council held the Africa Fashion Exchange that saw designers from all over Africa join forces to amplify the voice of African designers not only in Africa but on a global stage.
Mxolisi Mkhize of House of Saint Luke shared his disappointment about the closing of the council.
“It’s very disheartening as a member to find out on social media that the fashion council is closing without so much as an e-mail communicating such a huge decision that affects so many in our industry,” said Mkhize.