The 1st Annual SA youth in design showcase took place on the 6th October 2012 at The Dope Store. This initiative, was aimed at developing young talented clothing, footwear and jewellery designers in Joburg by hosting a fashion show. The 10 best designers showcased in the presence of established designers and fashion lovers alike. The do was attended by fashion designers like Reggie Molamo (ReggieStarred), Paledi Segapo (Palse Homme) and Hangwa Nengovhela (Rubicon Clothing). Bongani Fassie, who’s barely seen out also showed support towards the initiative saying that developing designers are hungry for a breakthrough and the SA Youth In Design is the perfect platform for them to do so.
It all boiled down to Kutlwano Mohapi (Viscous Soul) taking 3rd place and managing to walk away with R3 500. 2nd place was a shared spot between Kathryn Green who’s a UJ Student and Matome Seshoka (Anther Line Couture) whom will each receive R5 000. Taking the grand prize of R10 000 was Zanozuko Sithetho who’s SKORZCH male designs belong on the catwalk of any fashion show. Each of these finalists will be granted a sales platform at The Dope Store and Thesis Concept Store for a year, while the winner will also receive business consultancy from Palse Homme which is owned by former RJK partner Paledi Segapo. The fun doesn’t end there, they will get to showcase at the SA Fashion Week Pop-Up Store in 2012.