In the News | 2 February 2023

Arise Fashion Week returns today, Together MFG launches and Bernard Arnault's story comes to Showmax.

In the News | 2 February 2023
Team Good Good Good at work | 📷 Johno Mellish


Arise Fashion Week returns today, kicking off fashion month and celebrating its 20th anniversary with mainstay designers like Ituen Basi & Lisa Folawiyo, new visitors like UNI FORM, Bianca Saunders & Xuly Bet, and a partnered jazz festival.

ARISE Fashion Week 2023 Unveils Stellar Lineup of New and Familiar Designers - Arise News
This year’s showcase celebrates those who have become part of its incredible history, while still facing forward and moving the needle of African fashion.

IFFAC & AFF's African Fashion Futures Incubator announces 14 designers in its first cohort for a pilot program being implemented by Seedstars.

14 designers selected for African Fashion Futures Incubator - Ventureburn
The African Fashion Futures Incubator has introduced its first cohort of 14 fashion designers that will be joining its programme.

Africa No Filter's Bird Agency reports on Dakar's cultural capital revival.

Dakar is reclaiming its place as the cultural capital of Africa
Flush with success from investing in sports and the arts, Senegal’s cultural capital seems to know no bounds.

HYPEBEAST Africa launches a dedicated Instagram channel.

Together MFG hard at work on a collection made from MUNGO Mill textiles | 📷 Johno Mellish

South Africa

Fashion entrepreneur Daniel Sher introduces Together MFG, the new manufacturing arm of a business portfolio that also includes conscious brand Good Good Good and retail outlet Duck Duck Goose.

Woodstock, Cape Town-based Together MFG soft launched in late 2022, just in time to add the t-shirts from Thebe Magugu's collaborative charity capsule with Dior to its portfolio, along with work for Rich Mnisi and Wanda Lephoto. "For 12 years, we’ve been focusing on making the best possible t-shirt, and manufacturing for an LVMH brand without any returns or complaints felt like a coming-of-age moment for our business, our manufacturing team and myself as a business owner," Sher shared in an update on Duck Duck Goose's blog.

Founder Daniel Sher & his family | 📷 Johno Mellish

The team still phones home for help, home being the Maitland, Cape Town heirloom factory Sher's wife & her family have owned and operated for 29 years – where Good Good Good used to make its lauded tees along with the rest of its mostly genderless basics collection, before outgrowing the space at the end of 2022. "It felt sad and intimidating to leave the home that Jacqui (Sher's mother-in-law) had built for us, and we still find ourselves phoning her on an almost daily basis asking for advice, experience shares and general guidance. This move was a growing-up moment for our business, and it feels like a big step in the right direction for our newly independently established CMT."

Dan and his team have also recently joined the popular Watershed marketplace at the V&A Waterfront Mall, and been featured in Courier magazine's annual 'how to start a business' magazine, available in limited copies from Duck Duck Goose.

How to Start a Business 2023
With inspiration from the most exciting modern businesses of the moment, as well as the wisdom of countless experts, this will guide you on your journey – from dreaming up ideas all the way to building momentum with your community and building a rockstar team.

The One Blue Heart blue carpet gala will take place in February in support of the Turtle Conservation Centre, with a slow fashion dress code & guide prepared by Twyg.

Fashion | One Blue Heart
As a Zero Waste event, it would be remiss not to mention the outstanding and beautiful ways we can support the mission: local, slow and sustainable fashion.

Truworths, which has long been a credit-led business, will grow profit by an estimated 11% even as a challenging economy slows cash sales across fashion.

Truworths scores on the back of SA’s cash-strapped consumers
The group says it expects profit for the first half of 2023 to grow by 11% despite the current economic challenges.

Old Mutual's Nobesuthu Ndlovu encourages SMEs to play by some core rules to enable financing.

5 golden rules to enable funding for SMEs - Ventureburn
SMEs play a significant role in the economy, therefore, funding is a critical part of ensuring that these business grows.


Tahirah Hairston's report for The CUT on challenges at Pyer Moss was the global fashion conversation of the week.

The Promise of Pyer Moss
Kerby Jean-Raymond was one of fashion’s most celebrated young designers. Then what happened?

While rumours continue to swirl re: Louis Vuitton's new creative director, Gucci puts the mill to rest with another in-house hire from the Kering group.

Gucci names Sabato De Sarno as new creative director
Gucci has named fashion designer Sabato De Sarno as its new creative director, ending months of speculation about who would take on one of fashion’s most coveted roles.
Gucci and Louis Vuitton Need New Designers. Inside the Open Tryouts
The biggest trend at men’s fashion week in Milan and Paris? Succession.

Global fashion education leaders are introducing the metaverse to their curriculum, and virtual & digital fashion makes its environmental case.

How Fashion Schools Are Teaching the Metaverse
Parsons, FIT, Drexel, SCAD and Pratt are just a few schools committed to metaeducation.
The Environmental Case for Digital Fashion
Can shifting purchasing power to digital help stem the tide of waste? Can digital fashion improve the industry’s sustainability credentials?

Tik Tok intensifies fashion week marketing olympics.

How TikTok Remade the Runway
The short-form video app has transformed fashion week, with designers competing to see who can create the ultimate viral moment.

Fashionista publishes new guide to US sustainable & ethical fashion.

Confused About Sustainable and Ethical Fashion? Our New Ebook Is Here to Help
We’ve distilled some of our best and most continuously relevant stories into one free resource.

Until the 20th of February, The New Landscapes: Fashion, Textiles and Technology Catalyst R&D Grant Scheme is offering five collaborative grants of up to £6,000 cash and up to £15,000 in-kind support to proposals. Topics: enabling sustainable design practice development, SME knowledge exchange that supports sustainable and socially engaged production & design, and helping young designers advocate for more of the same & related technologies.

Call for proposals for Fashion, Textiles and Technology partnership with British Council

Docuseries King of Dreams comes to Showmax with the story of Bernard Arnault and the key creative geniuses who helped him make LVMH what it is today – Kimberley Schoeman reviews.

The wolf in cashmere
Series King of Dreams tells the cautionary tale of how Bernard Arnault used LVMH and fashion to expand his power

André Leon Talley's life is surveyed through an auction of his belongings.

12 Ways of Looking at André Leon Talley
The friendships and love stories found inside his estate auction, as told by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford, and more.

Also, the rumoured Nike + Tiffany & Co collaboration makes its debut, sales slow down at SHEIN, social media reaches retirement age, AZ Factory announces new 'amigos,' ESPRIT makes a comeback, milkweed floss offers a proven fur & down alternative and Kristen Fanarakis offers a take on the media's role in sustainable fashion.

Nike & Tiffany & Co. Confirm Rumored Sneaker Collaboration
Web commenters largely nonplussed by the monochromatic Air Force 1 silhouette.

Sales slow down at SHEIN – (BoF)

Viewpoint: the media’s role in sustainable fashion - Apparel Insider
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EXCLUSIVE: AZ Factory Taps Colville Duo for Next Show
Lucinda Chambers and Molly Molloy will show a one-off collection on March 6 during Paris Fashion Week.
Welcome to Geriatric Social Media
Social media isn’t dying; it’s changing.
‘We’re not just a brand from the ’80s’: Esprit CEO William Pak on relaunching the nostalgic apparel brand
Esprit CEO William Pak joined the Modern Retail Podcast this week and spoke about his plans for the brand refresh.
The Future of Sustainable Materials: Milkweed Floss
It grows like a weed, can make a rock float and — perhaps most promising — it’s six times warmer than wool, which means it could offer a plant-based alternative to down.

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