“The Zambesi Co-lab idea was born from seeing the potential in our workroom team, to create and develop their own designs to compliment the established Zambesi men’s and women’s collections.
The Zambesi team members were briefed and mentored throughout the process of design, development and production.
We are very excited to see these individual designs instore and are proud to have been supporting the realisation of their work.”
- Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston.
"i have always drawn inspiration from my early years. growing up in vietnam meant the first culture I was exposed to was asian. as a child i was particularly taken by the oriental fashion, specifically that of japanese culture. this has stayed with me and can be seen in all aspects of my work. i have always been inspired by menswear, my designs are created around tailoring and layering of fabrics.
i'm extremely grateful to be part of this collaboration and to have the opportunity to design some pieces for zambesi man. i can't thank elisabeth and dayne enough."
"constantly inspired by the endless possibilities in our universe, i have developed a deconstructive approach to my design through pattern making, drawing from my imagination and testing boundaries of traditional shapes and construction. for the zambesi collaboration, i have explored the concept of manipulating patterns by applying symmetry - resulting in overlaps and panels which have transformed the original outline of each design.
collaborating with zambesi has been a significant experience, and most definitely the highlight of my career so far - liz, dayne and the zambesi brand i will find forever inspiring."
shop tess mccone
"i wanted to design and make something that was missing from my zambesi wardrobe, something that had the same design aesthetic as zambesi but with my take on the labels iconic menswear look.
i have been with zambesi since i was 21 , starting as a production assistant and then with given opportunities was able to move up the production chain , having worked for the company for 17 years i have had the privilege to work on many projects, but this is the most exciting and i am honored to be a part of this."
shop neil donald
"in this small boudoir collection of lingerie I wanted to create a special feeling of beauty and privacy for women.
inspiration comes from french literature and a family heirloom; my grandmother nina’s silk handkerchief, it has the finest lace around the edges and initial embroidery on one corner. once pink, it faded with yellow patina stains all over it. lace did not escape the cruel touch of time either – fine and light then almost dissipating now. but still, there is something very elegant about it. i wanted to create that elegant seamless lace trim with a touch of time by using modern materials. each piece has been individually cut, hand-painted, carefully sewn, hand washed and hung to dry to create unique garments where no two are the same."
shop olga khimich