A London International School of Fashion Graduate, Thula has made his mark in just four years. He was head designer for textile company Vlisco and took its custom-made fabrics and designs to SA Fashion Week for the first time. In 2006 he designed his first solo range, which earned him a spot as semi- finalist at the Nederburg Rare Fashion Finds. Shortly there- after, he was a finalist in the Marie Claire Emerging Designer Competition and was nominated as one of the Top Ten emerging Designers at a Pan African fashion contest held in Niger. He has also had a successful collection showing at a Couture Fashion Week in Paris. After the success of his 2008 Collec- tion at Audi Fashion, the department of arts and culture has invited him to take his showing to Asia. Thula now effortlessly creates ready-to-wear and couture garments for women out of his own studio in Johannesburg.
Lunch spot: Primi Piatti in Rosebank