Grown-up sexy

In cel­e­bra­tion of his 10th year in the busi­ness, lo­cal fash­ion mav­er­ick Thula Sindi has re­leased a fresh new range and started pro­duc­tion from a new stu­dio in his home town in North West. Gugulethu Mh­lungu gives him a call to learn about his plans for the

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De­signer Thula Sindi, who cel­e­brates 10 years in fash­ion this year, has re­leased a beau­ti­ful, ma­ture and sexy col­lec­tion burst­ing with colour, and soft yet strong flo­ral prints. The col­lec­tion plays with flirty hem­lines, lace and flow­ers in a way that makes for a fun but el­e­gant col­lec­tion. It comes in a pal­ette of army green, cream white, var­i­ous shades of light brown and or­ange, pink and black satin with red flo­rals, and even cerulean tie-dye.

I ask him for the name of the col­lec­tion and he laughs. “I am not a namer of things. It’s just the 2016 Col­lec­tion, but if I had to, I would go with some­thing like Sub­tle Beauty ... I love flo­rals and I think I am try­ing to de­sea­son­alise them and show they are not only for spring. I like the idea of faded flow­ers, like in those old muted wall­pa­pers, teacups and ta­pes­tries. They are just great and less ob­vi­ous than flo­rals for spring. It’s nice on the eye, but also time­less.”

The ac­claimed young de­signer is cel­e­brat­ing his first decade by in­tro­duc­ing two sig­na­ture hand­bags in the form of the T-bag Mini in os­trich and oak. Last year, he re­leased be­spoke nat­u­ral cork bags.

The tie-dyed blue kaftan in the col­lec­tion is the first item to be pro­duced by the new Thula Sindi stu­dio in his North West home town, Mat­losana (Klerks­dorp). By build­ing the coun­try’s se­cond TS store there, he wanted to con­trib­ute to his home town while prov­ing there is op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to do well out­side of ma­jor ur­ban cen­tres.

“The [new] store is com­ing along great, and the plan is to open on the third of March. We will do a small show of the new col­lec­tion.”

But wait, there’s more. To cel­e­brate his 10 years, he will launch “10 in­ter­est­ing things. The first is the new store in Klerks­dorp. Two is the stu­diocum-fac­tory there. Three, I am mov­ing stu­dios to big­ger, beau­ti­ful TS head­quar­ters in Mag­net House [in the Joburg CBD], which hope­fully will be our home for the next 10 years, be­cause it’s a whole floor. Four, I am re­leas­ing a coffee ta­ble book of the first decade of TS ... But for the six oth­ers ... you will have to keep your eyes peeled.” The 2016 Thula Sindi range is avail­able at the Thula Sindi store at The Zone @

Rose­bank, with gar­ments priced from R1 500 to R6 500 Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @Thu­lasindi


The new range oozes el­e­gance

HOME TOWN GLORY This kaftan tie-dye is the first item to be pro­duced in Mat­losana

PRETTY IN PINK Lerato Moloi wears a pink flo­ral dress from the lat­est col­lec­tion

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