Young city designer aiming high

This young vintage clothing designer is intent on establishing her clothing line as one of the leading brands in the country.

Dyondzo Nxumalo (21) started her clothing line, JohnLydia Vintage Line, in February this year and her brand is growing.

“I want people to realise that vintage can always come out nice whenever you put it in a good balanced way,” she said.

“Yes, it’s old style but that style is lit. I believe that there are many more other people out there who want to look old school but they fear what people might think of them.”

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She then developed the business with the aim to show people how to put on vintage clothes together and make them look great.

“This is a new business, the idea came when I was still daddy’s little girl. I used to like wearing ugly clothes, my sister never liked it so she thought I don’t have a good taste in clothes,” she said.

The truth was the fact that she liked vintage clothes.

“I like old-styled stuff and when I matriculated, I started buying my own clothes, choosing my own outfits,” she said.

“I started by taking few of my mom’s old clothes and rock them.”

She said she realised some people would regard her as a little crazy.

“Then I opened my daddy’s closet that has been closed since 2009 when he passed on. I started rocking his clothes I feel good and I love my look.”

Her dad used to say he wanted to own a boutique one day with his name and clothes labelled all over the world.

“Then I sat down and thought of naming this business after my dad John and my mom Lydia.”

She said she was buying vintage clothes from some lady from Nigeria and two guys in Pretoria.

“I work with my brother and we are staying in Pretoria for now. We are from Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga but courier our stuff all over the country,” said Nxumalo.

“We are not fixed in one place and go around show our stuff to people. We even go to markets to showcase and do pop-ups to get customers.”

The business was thriving.

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“We sell vintage shirts, T-shirts, head wraps, trousers, skirts, jerseys, dresses and bags,” she said.

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David Matsena

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