by Brenda Khambule
Born in 2015, !nspired by Brenda Khambule has grown to be what the name invokes.
Sexy-ness. Lady-ness. Classic. Love of Prints.
Altogether a label with a difference.
!nspired is a brain child of Brenda Khambule who qualified in Clothing Design in 1994, Art direction in 2000 and Reiki Mastery in 2008. Personal, positive expression is the corner stone of the brand.
A WORD WITH
Designer and Founder of !nspired
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER? My Mom was a dressmaker. I was convinced I did not want to be part of the same industry, until I started failing Maths… My art teacher suggested I try clothing design out as I dressed differently to most people.
WHAT STYLE ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR?
Classical ethnic inspired prints
BEST CAREER MOMENT SO FAR?
One of my designs recently name top 10 by Bona magazine at the Safta Awards11
WHAT ITEM OF APPAREL WOULD YOU NEVER GO ON HOLIDAY WITHOUT?
Three options of clothing a day!
FAVOURITE FABRICS TO WORK WITH?
WHERE DO YOU FIND DAILY INSPIRATION?
Everything. It could be an emotion, a word, fabric... the list is endless. With my bespoke clients I sit with them and get a “feeling”. For this range I saw an inverted pleat
WHAT ‘HOLIC’ ARE YOU?
WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG THING IN FASHION?
Looking the same but different!
“Be authentic. Design is a business. Do things right. Find your own kind of success.
on advice to young designers