A fresh face designer Terrance Chipembere, is the fashion designer for “The Tribe Called” his brainchild that started two years ago. This is the story of an artistic young man who started a New Age African fashion label “The Tribe Called“. Today I met up with him and really talked about how he got to be a designer, why he designs and who he designs for.
Destiny Called: After two years of working in the corporate world he got bored from that and took a month off to find himself. Whilst watching an episode of MTV Made where the person was being turned into a fashion designer, he decided to follow that route. Already with experience from helping his mother sew as he was growing up and being naturally artistic; he told his older sister. She gave him her blessing and he studied Fashion in Durban, South Africa.
Terrance is inspired by culture, in particular tribal culture. The colour, vibrancy and diversity in African tribes. He is fond of the face painting tribe in Ethiopia which I assumed was Surma tribe.
The Tribe Called is edgy, raw and a fearless brand. Terrance moved from Johannesburg South Africa in 2011 and is back in his home country Zimbabwe to show what he is made of. His pieces are definitely inspiring and edgy without looking tacky. Terrance showed his line at Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2011 and I hope he will be showcasing at this years Zimbabwe Fashion Week. The pictures below are from his show at Zim Fashion Week 2011, I am in love with the purple dress.