Young designer, former DUT student collaborates with Pick n Pay Clothing
The young designer known for using recycled material has collaborated with a giant retail company, pick n Pay clothing.
From using mealie meal sacks for his designs to collaborating with one of the biggest South African retail companies. This novice fashion designer, Moreku has paved his way into the fashion industry as he wears the SePulane culture on his sleeves.
“This is a big milestone for me, it will give me so much room to grow and expand as a person and have other big collaborations. So, this is basically a doorway to many big opportunities to come and I am so ready,” he said.
Moreku wears SePulane culture on his sleeves as he incorporates bright and bold colours in his designs using recycled materials such as mealie meal sacks.
Moreku is an award-winning designer from Mpumalanga, Bushbuckridge. With a few titles under his belt. He has received an eco-friendly award recognition from the MEC of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
This passionate designer made his name in the fashion industry by using recycled material and he has never looked back. Using up cycled material and bright colours to his designs made him stand out from the rest.
“I started showcasing my work at the Durban July which opened so many doors for me as a young designer,” Moreku said.
Him working tirelessly and making the plastic free Mzansi movement a norm, has opened doors with endless possibilities for him. He says he has always wanted to collaborate with big companies, but his aim has always been about positively impacting the environment by using eco-friendly material because the fashion industry contributes to increasing pollution.
Katekani Moreku is immensely contributing to the slowing down of fast fashion and further helping to keep the sustainable fashion movement alive. Moreku is an inspiration not only to people who aspire to take the fashion design path, but to many because he initially studied engineering and then after finishing, he decided to pursue fashion as it is fulfilling to him, he said.
He has always had a great sense of style so his friends encouraged him to study towards being a fashion designer and to this day, he still is grateful for the decision he made.
Moreku says being black shouldn’t limit you, it should inspire you instead because it can help you unlock the magic from within yourself.
“I know many young designers, not just designers but the youth suffer from self-deprecating, well I used to as well but as soon as I realized that, being black is my power my life started to change in a positive way. Your background shouldn’t limit you; you are capable of achieving many great things you just have to work hard and believe in yourself,” he said
Moreku added, having the right people as your mentors will channel you into the right route. If you want to succeed as a person you have to know that you will need someone who’s more experienced than you to be your mentor, that person will help you to achieve so much in life.
Takatso Msuthwana, one of his customers who’s been supporting the Katekani brand since it was founded says she is not surprised by what Moreku has achieved so far because it has always been clear that one day he will expand and work with big companies.
“Katekani works really hard so he deserves everything he has achieved thus far, I know this is not the end there is still so much room for him to expand and I cannot wait to see him flourishing,” said Msuthwana.
Usisipho Sithole, who’s also a customer says Moreku makes good quality clothes using recycled material which is very good for the environment.
“Moreku made his name by using cycled material, which is a very good thing because we as the community benefit from his clothing while the environment is also being well taken care off so it is no wonder that a big company like Pick n Pay has collaborated with him,” said Sithole.
Moreku mentioned that he has a new big project on the way that he is working on.