When Scandal actor Ayanda Daweti strugged to find clothes that he liked locally, he decided to create his own brand.
He is best known for the role as Chumani Langa in the popular e-tv soapie Scandal!
But Ayanda Daweti is more than an actor. He has also made a name for himself as a hip-hop artist, stage name Tuckshop Bafanaz.
In 2018, he started the clothing brand Tuckshop Wear, which took some time and a few mistakes to get off the ground.
But this year the 31-year-old creative says he is giving it another go, and this time, he’s pulling out all the stops.
“I’ve realised it’s important to invest time and effort into what I love because life is too short.”
Ayanda says his clothing brand is a colourful and fun street style image not only for the youth but those young at heart. “The brand is fun and gives a sense of playfulness, a child-like spirit of fun and innocence,” he adds.
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A big supporter of local designers Maxhosa Africa, Rich Mnisi, Thebe Magugu, and many others, Ayanda says buying local is good for job creation.
“It’s time we start empowering people and selling our African authenticity to the world,” he says.
But with limitations to the options he can find of quirky designs that make up his fashion sense, he decided to design clothes that best portray his character.
“I am not a qualified fashion designer, but I know what makes a good quality clothing item,” he says.
Joining forces with graphic and textile designers and seamstresses, Ayanda has come up with a new range that will be available soon online.
“All the designs are original and have a touch of African authenticity. I come up with the design sketches and give them to the team who makes sure we execute, and these will be available soon in our online store. But people can still order directly from my team.”
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It will all be available in a month. In April, he will also be releasing a music project, Gwijo Wave where he collaborates with local rapper Elnino from Cape Town Hip-Hop group Driemanskap.
“We started working on the project in the early days of the pandemic. It was our way of distressing and using our frustrations towards something positive,” he says.
They already have 10 songs. Ayanda says they are in the process of choosing only five songs for release.
“Last year the pandemic hit us hard, and it’s time we make all our dreams come true because we do not know what tomorrow holds,” he says.