David West

Fashion designer

Catholic Sexy: a sassy name for a fashion collection. For innovative Cape Town designer David West it encapsulates the spirit of his 2010 winter range. "I realised that conservative dressing �convent style and demure � is sexier than being exposed,� he explains. The 34-year-old describes himself as "very shy�, but this doesn't stop him from pushing the boundaries � creatively and otherwise. In 2009 he opened a concept store in Woodstock, in spite of being advised not to. "It's still a dangerous area,� he admits, "but we believe in it.� Since creating his own label in 1998 West has won acclaim both locally and internationally. In 2000 he won the Durban Design Collections and was nominated for a Catherine Award. Now he designs for Woolworths. West frequents Cape Town art gallery Whatiftheworld for inspiration and is an avid fan of cutting-edge Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. His favourite item of clothing? A simple grey V-neck jersey. � Ayanda Sitole

Website: davidwest.co.za