The beauty of change

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Leanne Tlhagoane- Publisher Fashion Handbook, South Africa.

Publishers note…

Living through an unprecedented era of rapid change as we are now brings many things, but inevitably it’s the basis for newness.

As I write, I could never have imagined a year ago let alone six months ago that I would be facing my last task of completing the publishers note for a new-look fashion handbook.

My name is Leanne Tlhagoane and I’m excited about this new chapter mostly because of the potential it offers to be the change.

No doubt South Africa faces daunting challenges in the fashion industry and beyond but alongside this is a surge of artistic creativity, of openness and people who think differently. My sense is that the creative revolution will lead to some of the biggest changes yet

This edition ushers in what I hope will be the beginning of a new approach and perspective, with the added intention to support a modern narrative that celebrates the best of who we are.

In a spotlight on beauty, special attention is brought to the changing face of the South African beauty market, and inspiration can be drawn from our first cover star Itumeleng ‘Solar’ Baloyi’s personal take on beauty.

South African fashion week meanwhile celebrates a milestone this year and in the fashion profile story founder and director Lucilla Booyzen takes us through the last twenty-one years.

A comprehensive guide to fashion and designer brands is to be found in the designer directory list. Supporting designers is fundamental to the fashion eco-system and by cultivating a strong fashion community the business of fashion will flourish.

At the moment the SA Fashion handbook is a bi-annual publication but is available at the simple click of a button at any and all times on

I most look forward to interacting and engaging with you in meaningful and impactful ways .

Until then, may the winds of change be always at your back, inspiring you to greater heights.

My very best,


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