Nkhensani Nkosi

Designer

One of Africa's hottest designers � who came off an impressive showing at New York's Fashion Week earlier this year � didn't start out in fashion. Nkhensani Nkosi was touring Africa as the host of M-Net's Face of Africa modelling competition when she saw a gap in the market. Her mission: to harness the energy of Africa in a luxury lifestyle brand. And ever since that first show at South Africa's Fashion Week in 2000, her company, Stoned Cherrie has done just that. Along with the flagship store in Rosebank, they've moved big into Woolworths and have hit the African eyewear market hard, selling Stoned Cherrie glasses across the continent and in a few select locations in Australia and Canada as well. And the design house has finally begun their move into home furnishings with their line of designer upholstery, which launched at the recent Design Indaba.�Tanya Pampalone

Lunch spot: Orient, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg