KZN Fashion Council’s Ready 2 Retail 2019 Fast-track Programme

KZN Fashion Council’s (KZNFC) mandate is to assist and support KwaZulu-Natal’s emerging and established designers through the different relevant skills development programmes which include but are not limited to; mentorship, entrepreneurial development workshops, personal and business development, workshops and training.

KZNFC would like to introduce a skills development/mentorship programme called Ready to Retail, which is scheduled to run for over a duration of 4 months. The programme will be targeting emerging designers in and around KwaZulu-Natal province. The facilitation of this programme will run mostly at the KZNFC offices in Durban and scheduled factory site visits around KwaZulu-Natal.

The programme in partnership with other organisations and government entities is primarily aimed at historically disadvantaged individuals (HDI’s) specifically those individuals who have not benefited from similar programmes that were implemented previously by KZNFC with an objective to develop and mentor designers to manage and sustain their own businesses/brands. Designers are hereby offered the opportunity to bridge the gap between their design skills and business knowledge. This programme will cover both business and technical skills.

This programme will accommodate individuals who specialise in both apparel and craft (jewellery, bags, shoes, hats, leather and recycled products). At the end of the programme designers will be required to design and create a collection based on the AFX three theme: Day 1: Africa Connect: Sustainability, Technology & Innovation, Day 2: Africa Connect: The Global Fusion- AfroAsia / EuroAfro, Day 3: When Art, Heritage, Entertainment, Literature, Design & Fashion Meet. The programme will provide mentorship platforms, practical assessments and give successful candidates a jumpstart in their entrepreneurial journey.

The KZN Fashion Council would like to call on all emerging graduate designers who are between the ages of 18-35, based in KwaZulu-Natal, who are passionate about producing apparel wear or craft goods (shoes, bags, accessories or hats), who also have an interest in developing their own brand and gaining knowledge on how to establish their own businesses/ retail stores.

If you are that individual, please send through your application to be considered in being part of the Ready2Retail programme. If you require more information about the requirements and criteria of the programme, interested individuals are encouraged to contact the KZNFC on 031 825 8569 /