scar actually has more than a decade of history with the Design Academy of Fashion (DAF). Back in the olden days (Pashhin-fo-Fashin)Andrew was a judge for their final year designers. We had scar clothing est. 1998, then on Long street opposite Pickwicks and Baseline and it was a then the space for the creative edge of Cape Town. David West, Alfalfa, Cake, Miss MonneyPenny, Stiaan Louw, R7, Coppelia, Amanda Laird Cherry, Craig Native, Abigail Betz, Misfit all started at scar. It was shit loads of fun. ( more stories for another time but picture this: Marina – scar employee; in the shop front window – which changed each day – sleeping/essentially hung over as a live mannequin.
That image is one of Lesely Alyward of Mürg Art’s pics. He has a collection of the best pics showing Long street in its glory days and you’ll see some soon (if he ventures into town – with a gigastick – from his Piketberg cabin soon). He did have a screening of them a few years ago at Alba Lounge and essentially it was the old crew having a lol and loving life again. Reminiscing and also trying to forget. Some beautiful pics of Michael Carr (of the original scar) and since that screening we have also lost our beautiful Vaughan Lotter (also of the original 4) so those pics will definaitely be tracked down and shard soon. Such good memories for us.
Every picture becomes golden when someone great is gone.
Don’t cry – its not sad – the memories are too good!
Back to the living (and incredibly fashionable?): We’ve known Bianca and Nikki for many years now, Derek more recently from working with him at some of our Design Indaba shows over the years. Working with DAF is like working with some of the countries hottest young talent (and this obvs reminds us of our own young talent); besides Andrew; who is old.
It seems DAF has a way of extracting, encouraging and working with a raw talent while teaching it how to function and thrive in the current industry. They teach so much more than fashion. And we are all about teaching business. Its a joy partnering with them to make their end of year show as aestheitacally excellent as it can so easily be. Its a pleasure to work with people who understand that show hair need not be complicated or “big”, it needs to be beautiful and improve each individual model and therefore the look.
We love creativity and talent in business. Good education is imperative and DAF has it.
scar too is big on education, we run industry courses and workshops, and are partners in multiple hair and fashion events yearly.
It’s not always easy to choose which events to partner with as our whole year gets very busy, very fast. Not only with clients in the shop and the running of scar but with our own education in the form of courses, International Look and Learns and workshops that we run all year long. Partnering with DAF though, is a no brainer and we are proud to be involved with even more of our countries talent as a result of it.
We simply love this kind of local student enablement, and judging by the garments that were on display at the event, we have some very talented young designers in our midst. Philippa Crooks was the winner for design excellence and Danmari Wege won the Truworthes prize for the most commercially viable range.
Even Corner Store with local artist Mia Chaplin were involved adding some local street flava-flave to the mix – cant wait for the next one!
Check out our (many!) pics from the event below!