Mpumalanga-born Katekani Moreku has always felt a strong connection to the natural world. Raised in Bushbuckridge in the lowveld, an area known for pine, tobacco, cotton and vibrant traditional wear, Moreku brings his culture and surroundings into his signature colourful creations and now successful label.

Katekani studied fashion design at the Durban University of Technology. There, he won the MEC Recognition Award for Eco-Friendly Fashion from the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Twyg Sustainable Student Award.

Katekani has a firm commitment to using recycled and upcycled materials. For his previous collection, he happily explored dustbins and enlisted the help of homeless friends to source old fabrics and clothing from Durban’s trash sites. No endless material supply or trips to the haberdashery for new fabric. This approach meant that Katekani was directly engaged with everything that went into the pieces. Everyday items take centre stage in his designs, illuminated by Katekani’s vision to create something unique, affordable and sustainable.

Read more about Katekani Moreku’s bold approach to sustainable fashion here.