'We don't want to see the clothing and textile industry dying'

The Buy Local Summit takes place on Thursday 15 March.

Day 1 of the two-day conference is entirely devoted to SMMEs and entrepreneurs, while Day 2 will focus on the business of local procurement under the theme ‘Local Procurement: Policy or Preference’.

Azania Mosaka sat down with Elewane Pahlana, Head of Transformation at Edcon, as well as Owner and Fashion Designer at David Tlale Designs, David Tlale, to discuss local procurement and transformation in the clothing and textile industry

Tlale talks about his collaboration with Edgars and his in-house designs.

It is great to do high end products but it doesn't reach that customer who is actually looking for a basic David Tlale blouse or skirt.

David Tlale, Owner and Fashion Designer at David Tlale Designs

What we don't want to see is the clothing and textile industry dying because over the years we have gone through recession and so many companies had to close down. We as the new generation of designers or manufacturers, we have to make sure we resuscitate that. With collaborations with Proudly SA an Edgars, we see that change coming back.

David Tlale, Owner and Fashion Designer at David Tlale Designs

Everything that is made locally is right. With time we are going to be excellent with it and make sure we employ more people because the skill of manufacturing has long been lost in this country.

David Tlale, Owner and Fashion Designer at David Tlale Designs

Speaking of Edcon's contribution to the industry. Pahlana says the company has embarked on an initiative to up skill final design year students.

We ensure that we teach them about entrepreneurship skills, retail, CMTs and for us we are quite excited that out of the 14 students, already five designers have their collection in Edgars stores.

Elewane Pahlana, Head of Transformation at Edcon

Click on the link below to listen to the full conversation...


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