Pro-Circuit Coaches

Anisa Mpungwe

13 May 1-2PM

Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur


“Cause Related Product Inspiration & Ideation”


Anisa will share her experiences of being a foreign fashion designer in South Africa and will cover the do’s and don’ts of how to enter and stay in the harsh conditions of the Fashion Industry.


Anisa Mpungwe, founder of LoinCloth and Ashes was born in Tanzania and raised in South Africa to diplomat parents. Her career started at the age of 19, when she worked for various fashion houses, magazines and apparel factories. During this time, she took leave to further her studies at the London College of Fashion in the UK. Upon her return to SA in 2008, she entered a national fashion competition and became the first black female to win the admired title. Thereafter her brand has been involved in many Fashion Weeks from SA to Angola to Sweden to New York. Anisa opened her first flagship store in 2012 in the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg, and that same year got the nod from Solange Knowles which landed her designs on the cover of Elle Magazine. With many accolades, including winning the prestigious title of Emerging African Designer of the year in 2013, launching three ranges for three seasons with company giant MRP, gifting Michelle Obama, being a MTV Awards Transform Today nominee in 2014, and being selected to showcase in Milan with Grazia Magazine international during fashion week in 2015, Anisa’s career seems to be doing well in both the fashion and supporting industries. Today, at the age of 31, she employs eight people on her design team and is embarking on launching her first online site. She is also the first Ambassador for the MRP foundation and site.


Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts? “I live in a very fast world which involves textiles and spreadsheets. This world can sometimes be a lonely place even though you are with people 24hrs a day. I think any opportunity to pause for a few hours and have a conversation with young minds can only be refreshing, inspiring and not to leave out, humbling.”

HOW DO YOU ‘IMAGINE A NEW AFRICA’? “I imagine my New Africa to be a place where we are not bound by any depicted stereotypes, our own or others. That we are not bound by our dark histories but instead focus on being progressive. Shift our minds into believing within the core of us that we too are a superior nation that can learn and achieve great victories that generations after us can appreciate and benefit.