Originally published in FOAA Mag Issue 2
The name ‘Wanita KaNgcobo’ is of the head designer’s name – Ms. Wandile Mandy Wanita Ngcobo. The name ‘Wanita’ means ‘woman’ in Malaysian, and ‘KaNgcobo’ is from the young designer’s surname Ngcobo.
The brand is designed for a woman who likes being in the forefront of fashion. A woman who is culturally rooted and embodies sophistication, style, appreciates handwork, loves quality and comfort, and enjoys the classic side of fashion.?
Wanita KaNgcobo has a dynamic, creative, innovative, vibrant and dedicated team. It is no wonder that this team has been able to brainstorm ideas, formulate concepts and deliver results of good quality garments efficiently. Their design studio is based in Glenwood, a suburb in Durban, South Africa.
The brand employs both women and men to work hand in hand with the head designer. They understand the authenticity of cultural beadwork, more so the Zulu beadwork symbolism. When producing specific looks or collections the team researches the inspiration together with the head designer. The research is implemented to develop an in-depth understanding of their clients’ requirements. Wanita KaNgcobo has a very vibrant and energetic team, whose only aim is to provide the highest quality representation of the brand.??
Client relationships are built for the long term, constantly endeavoring to have the best, innovative, and most consistent designs. As a young black woman-owned brand, they are a close knit family working together at all times, to deliver the best results and clients always return in appreciation of their professional service delivery.
Wanita KaNgcobo is strongly influenced by the rich cultures mother Africa has to provide. Their silhouettes are keeping with the trends, but more so very classic cuts, with a lot of embellishments comprising mostly of African beadwork.
The brand refrains from using African printed fabrics, however brings rich fabrics such as raw silk, lace, Italian chiffon, satin, georgette, duchess satin, velvet, tulle, illusion, suiting fabric, jersey knit, suede and leather. Signature embellishments are in significant areas of the garments such as the hem, cuffs, shoulders and necklines. Visit their website www.wanitakangcobo.com