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                         Newsletter No 22 / 18 June 2021                           

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SAFW Scouting Menswear 2021 Competition now open

Since its initiation in 2012, the Scouting Menswear Competition set out to select the best of the best within a large pool of young menswear design talent. It has raised the profile of emerging menswear designers, introduced them to media and buyers, as well as supported them in breaking through into the retail market.

Today expectations from young designers are high – they are required to produce a comprehensive collection within a few months, be active on social media, have a strong industry and media presence and simultaneously cope with the business of fashion.

The Scouting Menswear Competition assists designers in coping with the demand to establish their brand soon after they have launched. If you are serious about “the business of fashion” SA Fashion Week will spotlight your talent and give you the marketing platform needed to get to the top of your game.

The Scouting Menswear Competition challenges designers to flex their creative talent and prove that they have the ingenuity and conviction to transform textile ‘waste’ into stunning, scalable, and commercially viable collections that will inspire and motivate the South African consumer.

The competition creates a unique platform for young fashion game-changers to grow towards a circular fashion system.
You must source 100% textile ‘waste’ for use in your collection. Most important is to understand what the design brief is asking of you and how you can meet the judging criteria.

Do you have what it takes?
If your answer is yes, you have to rethink how clothes are made and worn through a lens of circularity. Design a sustainable menswear collection for the ‘now’ fashion lover who values alternative design inspired by dress in the street, with as much respect for technical innovation as for our people and our planet.

Your customer is confident and curious, with a modern, natural, and independent lifestyle curated from eclectic sources of art, culture, music, travel, food and design. Your designs must be innovative, original, tapping into inspiration and your culture, chic and completely wearable. Your fabric selection must be luxurious and soft on the skin, considering the local temperatures in South Africa.

The judges want to see:

  • pictures of the starting point of each of your seven garments, proving where it came from and how you are adhering to one or more of the four circular design strategies (below) to improve the garment’s lifecycle and enable circularity
  • Design for low waste
  • Design for low-impact materials and processes
  • Design for longevity
  • Design for recyclability
  • combining this with visual references of your ‘now’ street inspiration
  • reclaiming textile ‘waste’ in unexpected ways and unlocking the power of waste
  • reinventing fashion by using one or more of the ‘Design for Low Waste’ design techniques of zero-waste, upcycling and reconstruction
  • reflecting opportunities for reproducibility, scalability and marketability

Entries close on 22 June 2021 at 5PM. To enter, go to https://safashionweek.co.za/safw-scouting-menswear//.

The new textile innovation composed of nettle fibre

More than a weed, nettle is inspiring eco-responsible fashion to make it a sustainable and ecological fibre in our textile industry. This plant, long neglected as a stinging and invasive weed, has recently become of interest to textile scientists, meeting all the criteria of a good fibre for the Article Textiles planet. Indeed, it proliferates in all temperate zones, and needs neither chemical fertilisers nor pesticides to grow.

As a perennial plant, it can be harvested several times a year for years. As a result, nettle produces a strong, flexible, versatile and renewable textile fibre. Only three species of nettle can be harvested for textiles, producing linen-like fibres, thick and strong fibres for bags or coats, or very fine silk-like fibres. These innovations make it possible to offer resistant, supple and light fabrics by working with tight fibres, or very warm by working with looser fibres.

Today, several collections in nettle fibre have already been released and marketed, and others will soon be launched. This is a great novelty for the textile industry, and one that will continue to develop, for the eco-responsible and sustainable fashion of tomorrow.  Promostyle

Eco-Responsible fabrics: How can you be sure?

By Promostyl

In a constantly evolving textile industry and in the expectation of a more responsible and ecological consumption, manufacturers and suppliers have had to innovate their productions for several years now. Several labels created, suppliers playing on transparency, or even relocations of textile production, these changes are constantly evolving to please brands, and therefore consumers. Among these labels, we find the most demanding, such as the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), which certifies that its textiles have at least 95% of fibres from organic farming, and guarantees an ecological and socially responsible production method.

The OekoTex label guarantees the non-toxicity of textiles and dyes in the processing of fabrics. Suppliers who create textiles with an eco-responsible approach can therefore label some of their fabrics and improve  their production over time to offer only eco-responsible textiles. This involves better treatment of fibres, better harvesting of raw materials, and industrialisation that is less polluting for the environment. But also by recycling unused raw materials.

Several brands and suppliers are now choosing to use textiles made from recycled fibres or plastic from the oceans. This makes it  possible to reuse materials that have already been produced, to lighten the planet of its waste, and to avoid creating new ones unnecessarily.  It is essential today to offer fabrics that are in tune with the times and environmentally friendly, and total transparency on the production of products is crucial, and allows for better visibility for consumers. We find eco-responsible fabrics in all areas, which you can find soon in our latest  Sport SS23 trend book.  Promostyle

Kenya’s Rivatex to get additional Sh500 million for expansion, job creation

The Kenyan government will give state-owned Rivatex Textile Company in Eldoret an additional funding of Sh500 million for expanding and modernising its operations. The first phase of funding of more than Sh5 billion has revived the firm with new equipment, according to Jared Ichwara, director of planning in the state department of industrialisation.

The extra Sh500 million has been factored into the budget to be tabled in parliament.

The company has created more than 3,000 direct jobs and further expansion will boost its performance, Ichwara was quoted as saying by a Kenyan newspaper report.

He was speaking at the Eldoret factory during a monitoring and evaluation tour by the Kenya Vision 2030 delivery secretariat, led by Ken Muige, its director general. Also present was Rivatex chief executive officer Thomas Kipkurgat.

He said more than 4,000 farmers are also being supported to plant cotton. They have been given seeds, pesticides and other inputs and support.

Between 2008 and 2020, the Vision 2030 initiative has contributed about 9.2 per cent to the manufacturing sector’s growth.

Modernisation of Rivatex was 80 per cent done and will be completed by the end of next year, he added.

Mr Price – resignation of director

In compliance with the JSE Ltd. Listings Requirements, the following information is disclosed:
Maud Motanyane-Welch is due to retire by rotation at the Group’s 2021 annual general meeting (AGM) in August. Notwithstanding the board of director’s (Board) support for re-election, Maud has indicated that after thirteen years’ service on the Board, she will not offer herself for re-election and will retire by rotation as a director and a member of the Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) committee, effective immediately after the AGM on 25 August 2021.


Position available for a Senior Circular Knitting Technician

Fleeceytex Knitting 1989 (Pty) Ltd a leading knitting mill situated in Alrode, Johannesburg has a

position for a Circular Knitting Technician to start immediately.

Salary and accommodation negotiable.

Email boss@fleeceytex.co.za or call 0119083627



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Inventions that changed fashion once and for all


Designer and model Mary Quant kept a small but very trendy shop in London. It was the place where the youth came for new fashion statement pieces. In the late ’50s, the miniskirt became a bestseller, as well as a subject of fury among the general population. But once the rebellious ’60s struck, a miniskirt became a necessary attribute of every woman. It was even worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth II honoured Mary Quant with the Order of the British Empire medal.

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