28 Aug, 2015

RIP Peacemaker Hliso: may the needle keep threading

This July, Cape Town lost an ambitious young fashion designer and entrepreneur. Founder of Goat Clothing, Peacemaker Hliso, may have left this earth but his legacy lives on through his designs, which celebrate colour and what it means to be a young South African today.

Hliso has been described as the "David Hlali of Cape Town" and has had his funky and sophisticated urban street style collections showcased at numerous Cape Town Fashion Weeks since 2008. 

Hliso grew up in Khayelitsha and after completing matric studied Fashion and Design at Wits Tech for just six months. He believed he was capable of teaching himself fashion design and opened up his own clothing shop in Cape Town's CBD in 2006: a time when the industry was dominated by "whites and coloureds with not much happening for black people."

Goat Clothing has since developed into a proud local brand, which concentrates on the manufacturing of garments of non-synthetic fibers and epitomizing the luxury and cultural mix found within SA's urban youth.

"Pieces won't wear out, but wear in your memories", reads the Goat Clothing slogan and the same goes for Peacemaker Hlino's legacy, which can still be celebrated and supported by wrapping yourself in some of his threads and spreading word of this bold local talent. Check out their page for more info.

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