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Meet SA Fashion Week Scouting Menswear Competition 2015 Winner

Rogue WearAgain, this year’s South Africa Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016 collections were splendid, with designers such as Gert-Johan Coetzee, Ephymol and Colleen Eitzen, amongst many showing why they are called established designers.
In 2014, SAFW officially launched the SAFW Menswear competition, the first of its kind in the country. The aim of the platform is to launch menswear designers into the creative fashion design industry in South Africa. This year in phase 1 of the competition, entrants were required to submit their 10 page portfolio showcasing sketches of their future collections, providing information on the background of the label, as well providing photographs of previous collections. They were also required to supply a short business plan for their brand and a list of the stores they supplied as the aim of the competition is to assist designers with the development of their business.

Entrants were judged on innovation, inspiration, collection and design. The judging of the competition took place on Friday, 16 October at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank, where finalists received expert advice from an esteemed panel of judges, which included Shaldon Kopman of Naked Ape, Rahim Rawjee, Kujo Baffoe and Jerri Mokgofe.

The winner of this years’ prestigious competition is Henni de Kock of the brand Rogue Wear.Rogue Wear

Henni has won the following prizes in order to build his brand and fast forward his career, to the value of R85 000:

  • Representation by The Fashion Agent for 1 year valued at R 11, 400.00
  • The opportunity to show a satellite Collection as part of a 3 designer package at the SA Fashion Week (SAFW) Spring/Summer 2016 season – 6 months after the SAFW Menswear competition to the value of R 14 000.00
  • One free stand at the SAFW Pop Up Shop 2016 in Brooklyn Mall to the value of R 6, 000.00
  • SA Fashion Week Wednesday hosted by the designer to the value of R50, 000.00

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  • All finalists were granted access to the Buyers Lounge – Autumn/Winter 2016 (24 & 26 October 2015) – not to sell but to engage with buyers and conduct market research for their own brands during the two days to the value of R 3,420.00

Congratulations to Henni de Kock on winning, looking forward to seeing what he has in store for the African fashion industry.  With those outstanding pieces he produced for the SAFW A/W 2016 Collections, his signature across the collection is one that is here to stay. Lets’ continue with the conversation on Twitter: @GilmoreTee | @SAFashionWeek

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