Stepping up
VOGUE India|October 2021
These young labels are bringing a unique design perspective to conversations around craft and community

Lukhanyo Mdingi

Friendship, love and community are the driving forces behind Lukhanyo Mdingi’s craft-rich collections, says Navaz Batliwalla

“Luxury to us means having the time to create something based on collaboration, together with the spirit of consideration and mindfulness,” says Lukhanyo Mdingi, South Africa’s latest, greatest export. “The world is moving at a discordant pace. To be in a state of peace and complete clarity in the mind is the ultimate luxury. I believe whatever creation comes from this can be a sublime labour of love.”

Born in East London, on the southeast coast of South Africa, Mdingi graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2015, taking his love for function, wearability and craftsmanship to the international stage. But he is emphatic that great design cannot be achieved alone; his best collection yet, an accomplished orchestration of timeless silhouettes, colour artistry and woven textiles is inspired by his late friend and peer, Nicholas Coutts.

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