Craig Port is a renowned, award-winning designer of resort inspired ready-to-wear. With an innate sense of glamour and an ability to effortlessly translate trends, he has won numerous accolades, been honored for his philanthropy, and earned the respect and affection of fans both locally and abroad. Wholly dedicated to a vision of style that is as sophisticated as it is street, as iconic as it is modern, he has created an enduring empire with a global reach.
Craig’s father was a renowned shirt maker in Durban and as a child he used to accompany him to work on a Saturday morning. Those early days surrounded by beautiful fabric, impeccable tailoring and the highest quality craftsmanship left a huge impression on him and he has been excited and enthralled by clothing ever since.
Craig lists his greatest achievement, apart from fatherhood, as the incredible freedom of expression that comes with designing for your own brand. This autonomy has allowed him to explore multiple disciplines beyond clothing including accessories, underwear, swimwear, fragrances and furniture.
Time spent abroad in some of the world’s most desirable locations, and living in Cape Town, has moulded Craig’s aesthetic and given his work a distinctive sense of occasion. Showing at local and international fashion weeks is always tremendously rewarding and dressing directional influencers never fails to add a touch of glamour to his fashion world.
Philosophy is the creation of celebrated Cape Town designer, Jenni Button. She creates clothing with an international, career woman in mind.
Every collection is designed, perfected, patterned, cut and sewn in-house. The exclusive production process is a collaborative philosophy of Jenni’s keen eye for detail, her skills as a designer, her pattern makers, printers and seamstresses and sales team. Each piece is manufactured in Cape Town and bears a proud South African label.
Philosophy’s wearable works of art are print recognizable and streamlined to the female form, thus creating feminine body art. Her sophisticated use of juxtaposed print and vibrant colour transforms the wearer from simply “clothed” to the desirable, and often sexy “feel good” factor.
“Every collection begins with the celebrated female form… a woman’s body, desires and fantasies… this is my intuition and the source of my inspiration as a designer who created living, moving breathing art… “
Gavin Rajah is a South African designer based out of Cape Town that specialises in handcrafted garments that are made with the finest fabrics and craftsmanship. The brand is synonymous with luxury. Having shown in Paris during the couture for a few years and, elsewhere in the world he has set up based with a strong team of artisans.
The Cape Town based atelier services discerning clients wanting personalised service and clothing made to ‘couture’ standards. The brand has expanded into an atelier dedicated to product design and has successfully launched homeware, home fragrances and interior objet, not to mention a successful event concept company that has created experiences for some of the best brands in the world.
Underpinning the success of the brand is a passion for assisting women in vulnerable communities by offering them sustainable employment and teaching them skills. Gavin is an outspoken champion of child and human rights. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and focused on programmes that end violence against children.
Habits was founded in Cape Town thirty-three years ago by Jenny le Roux. Having seen a gap between chain store and couture, she opened the store offering ready-to-wear women’s clothing. The iconic Habits label has won numerous awards and is proud to have launched South Africa’s first online fashion store www.habits.co.za
After ten years of being at Jenny’s side as Habits’ Managing Director, the business is now owned by Mandy Tinkler, who has always been passionate about supporting the local economy. With this being her vision, Mandy started an export programme, producing the locally successful Habits Travel Range which is manufactured by their Cape Town-based factory and is now exported to the UK and Europe.
The Habits brand continues to offer excellent personal service instore and online, providing quality garments, locally produced and imported, with a team of people who have years of retail experience under their belts.
Vanessa’s signature style combines bold prints and patterns with innovative tailoring techniques, such as 3D layering. Her work is handcrafted in the finest luxurious fabrics and embellished with hand painted buttons, beading and embroidery. Vanessa designs her work for intelligent, glamorous, spirited women where classic styles endure over trends.
Each collection centres around a concept that is close to Vanessa’s heart, the narrative beautifully created on garments with such attention to detail, each piece retains its sense of bespoke individuality.