We haven’t traditionally been in the business of reporting on apparel, but with our grocery retailers encroaching more and more on this profitable category, it’s fitting for us to do so. First up, Pick n Pay Clothing which is launching its latest Futurewear designer collab, the Thando Ntuli x Kiav x Pick n Pay Clothing collection. Combining youth, creativity, and empowerment, the projects brings together 26-year-old fashion designer from Soweto, Thando Ntuli, who designed the clothing and Kiav Mitoo, a 20-year-old graphic design student and artist from the Mother City who designed the print for the fabrics. Next, there’s Woolworths, which will be introducing eco mannequins to its newly launched WEdit stores, including an eco ‘plus size’ version. The mannequins are made from used coffee bean sacks that are recycled and mixed with a plant-based resin to bind the fibres and water-based paints are used to ensure that they are 100% biodegradable and recyclable, as well as safer to make. They are also lighter than traditional fibreglass mannequins, making them easier to handle and transport.
Comment: One wonders if the eco mannequins also carry the distinctive aroma of great coffee. A genius way of getting more feet through the door?