Born in Musina and raised at Waterval, Limpopo – Yolanda only wanted was to be a model when growing up, little did she know she would one day fall in love with fashion design.
Q: What sparked your interest in Xitsonga Fashion?
A: I noticed the incredible fabrics that my people (Tsonga people in Limpopo) wear and I was always in awe at how amazingly unique they were in comparison to the majority of cultures in South Africa. Whenever I listened to people talk about fashion, I picked up they weren’t aware of Tsonga people’s clothes. In fact, most people believed that we don’t have a fashion sense. I then decided to venture into Tsonga fashion design. I wanted to challenge these views and also be proud of being Tsonga.
Q: Do you have an educational background in fashion?
A: My love for fashion was inspired by my mom and grandmother, they are creative. To perfect my passion I then went to Pretoria College; a design school where I learnt to sew and use a sewing machine. I could say it is a family thing as my daughter Xiluva has begun showing interest in it.
Q: Who is your target market?
A: Anyone between the age of 10 and 60 years and Tsonga people who love embracing their culture. If you love being unique, classy and sexy; it doesn’t matter whether you’re Tsonga or not, I cater to everyone.
Q: What’s your advice to those who would like to venture into fashion design?
A: I’ve learned that as a fashion designer you depend on many people to make things happen. Each day will always be a challenge. Work hard, don’t stop pushing. I’m still learning new things every day. Keep pushing and never listen to people who discourage you, it might be family, friends or even your partner but always follow your passion.
Q: How do people get hold of you?
A: You can find me on Facebook and Instagram @LandyM.Designz. WhatsApp or call me on +27 (0) 71 356 8997 or +27 (0) 76 815 9483.