Bulawayo-born fashion designer brand, Ara Kani, has introduced two trainees who will be attached to the fashion house for the next 24 months.
The two – Thobekile Zondo and Gift Tsingano – young designers based in Bulawayo, will benefit from the grooming under the guidance of the brands’ head designer, Nkululeko Ncube.
Ara Kani has showcased at prestigious platforms such as KOAS Charity Event 2014 Cape Town, SA, Durban Fashion Fair 2014, Matabeleland Fashion Week and Intwasa Fashion Show 2014, among many other shows, will be embarking on a grooming programme with the two young designers giving them an opportunity to grow and enter the fashion industry.
Ncube is one of three designers selected by Edgars Stores Zimbabwe from Intwasa Fashion Show 2014 for a grooming programme with the clothing guru. In turn, he will mentor other young people after Zondo and Tsingano.
On March 28 this year Ara Kani was showcased at the Miss Professional 2015 were they dressed three models.
Zondo (22) is currently studying for a diploma in social work with the Women’s University in Africa. She started fashion design through passion for fashion and love for making people look good.
“When the opportunity to go under the mentorship of Ara Kani came up, I was really excited about it. The brand is unique and is run by a young visionary who has lots of love for what he does. I started well on this mentorship by dressing two models at the Miss Professional 2015 and I am looking forward to showcase at many other platforms,” Zondo said to Southern Eye Lifestyle.
Tsingano (20), elated at the opportunity, studies cutting and designing at the Speciss College in Bulawayo. He is fascinated by the Ara Kani style and is looking forward to obtain as much as he could from the attachment.
“We speak the same language with the head designer and it is such a relief to know that there is no limit to creativity. The 24-month attachment would present an opportunity for me to advance myself in the fashion industry. It’s an honour to have such local individuals to look up to,” Tsingano said.