Meet Happy Noko, a budding fashion icon. He is talented and confident. For many fashion observers, it is not surprising that the young male designer is taking Sharpeville fashion industry by storm. Born and raised in Sharpeville, Noko's desire for fashion started at a young age, he wanted to pursue designing as a career.
He is talented and confident. For many fashion observers, it is not surprising that the young male designer is taking Sharpeville’s fashion industry by storm.
Born and raised in Sharpeville, Noko's desire for fashion started at a young age, he wanted to pursue designing as career. Today, he is already considered among the top budding fashion designers in Sharpeville, and his collections have featured at several local fashion shows. Noko is a self taught fashion designer. Sharpeville.co.za's Lesego Gaebee talked to Happy Noko, about a cross section of issues in the fashion industry.
Where do you get the passion for fashion?
It's within me, right from my childhood, I knew I wanted to do fashion. As a child, I designed my own clothes and hardly bought clothes. Even when I bought one, I changed its original design into my own choice. Due to the love of fashion, I wanted to learn fashion designing right from primary, so I had to wait till I could get the opportunity.
Which designers do you look up to?
I admire many designers but the ones that truly inspire me are Victoria Beckham and Kanye West. I like Victoria particularly because she wears her designs. Likewise, whenever I come up with a design, I ask myself if can I wear the design. I also explore on Instagram, it is a great way for me to find people from all over the world who share their experiences in life. I think it's an amazing way to get inspiration.
As an aspiring designer in Sharpeville, how prepared are you to penetrate into this industry?
I feel I am ready to hit the road for this journey to be a fashion icon in Sharpeville. I am so excited to adventure in this industry. I participated in the Sharpeville's Cultural Fashion Market where some of my designs were showcased. I have received positive responses from people who have attended the fashion markets and my friends. That was a great stepping stone for me and I'm ready to give the best to the fashion enthusiasts.
Why are your designs more of cotton, chiffon and silk fabric?
I want to bring out the western look a little more. This is because at times, one needs to change their look depending on different occasions— for example at parties, office and official meetings. The good thing is that Sharpevillians are already wearing these fabrics like jeans and chiffons, so these are fabrics they are used to. Besides, they like to be stylish and to explore new trends.
What are those principles that keep you on track?
I believe in myself and my designs. I take baby steps and avoid rushing in decision making. But most important, I like being original. I hate copying peoples' ideas and creations. I believe all these little details will remain with me as I continue to grow as a designer.
What should we expect from you soon?
I have just recently opened a boutique in Johannesburg where I can showcase my designs, and own a workshop where I can always work on my designs. I believe in future I will be able to employ tailors and young people interested in fashion designing. I'm working so hard so that one day I would be recognised among famous designers. The sky is the limit.