Cape Wools SAFW Designer Challenge


A panel of international fashion specialists have announced the successful candidate in the second SAFW Cape Wools SA Designer Challenge. Designers were nominated by industry leaders in South Africa and invited to anonymously submit their storyboards to a panel of international judges.

The South African designers who have been awarded the SAFW Cape Wool SA prize are Carina Louw and Natasha Jaume of Erre for ladies wear and Carlo Gibson from Klipa for menswear.


The Pretoria-based design duo, Carina Louw and Natasha Jaume, showed their first Collection at SA Fashion Week in 2013. Erre has since become a household name in the Creative Fashion Design Industry. This luxury brand is stylish, wearable, feminine, style-savvy, sophisticated and designed for the successful multifaceted woman. ERRE (pronounce “air”) is for women who want to gain a sense of power through the way they dress. Erre is stocked by, Jola Boutique, Kloset Republic, Luminance, Sassychic, Spree, The Bromwell and Zando. ERRE is the 2018 successful candidate of the SAFW Cape Wools SA Designer Challenge for ladies wear.


“I was born a maker of things and have made things, by hand, since childhood,” says South African Fashion Designer, Carlo Gibson, who is no stranger to the art of craft making. The first clothing project he remembers doing was learning to crochet, at age five, so that he could make his baby sister booties. Since then he has studied fashion design, art and went on to study jewellery in Rome, Italy. After obtaining his qualifications, the University of Johannesburg graduate moved on to teach at the University of Johannesburg and at the School of the Art Institute, in Chicago. His African contemporary clothing brand, Klipa, focuses on the detailed craftsmanship, young-spirited street style, high quality urban design and easy-to-wear silhouettes. The name Klipa is derived from the South African slang word, meaning “a hundred” in monetary terms. It speaks true to the fundamental principle the brand prides itself in, which is that it is ‘100% home grown’. Klipa is one of the successful candidates of the Cape Wools SAFW Designer Challenge 2018, and will be presenting his menswear collection this upcoming SA Fashion Week AW19 season.

The designer will showcase their collections for two seasons at SA Fashion Week, presenting a Winter and Summer collection respectively, free of charge. They will also get the opportunity to attend the “Making It In Textiles” Conference in Bradford in the UK, during October, with flights and accommodation fully paid for.

“This competition is going from strength to strength and SA Fashion Week is the perfect partner to support South African design talent through wool.” – Louis de Beer, General Manager at Cape Wools SA



2017: Jacques van der Watt – Black Coffee for ladies wear and Ephraim Molingoana – Ephymol for menswear.


Closed competition, designers will be invited to participate.