FWZ is a Food, Music, Fashion event, that launched last year in 2013. Partnerships with TRUWORTHS, Clothing Manufacturing Assosciation, EU, Culture Fund it was a highly supported initiative started by a Zimbabwean female entrepreneur Shamiso Ruzvidzo.
The emerging designers from last year received a training program and the opportunity to launch a mainstream mass market collection as part of the prizes. Even the other finalists had an opportunity to be recognised, the winner was Samantha Matemadombo and finalists became even more popular.
THIS YEAR is no different and the finalists names are out! The Aim is to ensure each designer receives the correct skills training and mentorship as a base to start a business, that is accessible and relevant to the local and international consumer.
The Top 6 2014 Emerging Designers are:
1. Sheilah Lena Dhliwayo
Brand Name: Sheilah Dhliwayo
2. Bridget Minenhle Nyathi
Brand Name: Brie’s Fashions
3. Tanaka Leroy Samukange
Brand Name: 7.30
4. Thandiwe Mguquka
Brand Name: Thandiwe Couture
5. Margaret Jani
Brand Name: Paras by Maggi
6. Tanaka Davidson Ndawona
Brand Name: Afro Kreative
The selected designers will begin their Designer Development Programme on the 27th June until the 19th September 2014 at Alliance Française de Harare.
They will be working with Design, Visual and Finance Mentors to build skills that will equip them to open or run businesses in the Fashion Industry.
Exciting stuff, wishing the emerging designer success in their journeys