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Meet Kat Van Duinen Fashion Designer and Creative Director From South Africa

Posted On : September 28, 2018

Ann Mumbi


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Do you think South Africa’s designers support each other?

Kat van Duinen: I think they do. Yes. There is much collaboration and exchange amongst the designers. Support isn’t always the first word that comes to mind – but there is plenty of respect.

What do you think of Kenyan fashion industry and who would you like to work with in Kenya?

Kat van Duinen:Kenya is an incredible country. I have been fascinated with it for decades. There is so much talent and resources.
I feel there is a very specific style majority of the designer’s present.
I would love to work with local artisans – basket weavers, beads makers, fabric designers and manufacturers, batik makers, knitters…

What’s the future of Fashion Industry in South Africa?

Kat van Duinen: We live in very unpredictable times. There is very little support from the authorities. Many superb labels closed their doors in the last two years.

I think the entire continent’s fashion is on the rise – it just isn’t easy because we miss the infrastructure and often the resources.
Also African people choose western labels over the local ones. I do hope this is about to change.

Name any 5 Fashion designers in Kenya?

Kat van Duinen: Adele Dejak – who often visits South Africa
Patricia Mbela
Sally Karago
Vivienne Taa
Evelyne Adongo
Wambui Mukenyi – Bridal

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Kat van Duinen: In 5 years, I would really love to have many established relationships across the continent, Europe and States.

I would love to stock our pieces in various, interesting boutiques – with clientele understanding the exotic leathers, appreciating contemporary design with a great finish.

I would really love to have more young designers on-board…
Who knows?

What were your achievements?

Kat van Duinen: My greatest achievement was and is my family.

Ann Mumbi

An expert in style and image, Fashion Addict focuses on brands worn by showbiz stars who have large numbers of fans worldwide Member Of #NairobiFashionHub Team