South Africa’s Beat for Thrifting

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In a time where many yearn to be eccentric is the art and popularisation of the sale of pre-loved items. According to news journal Women’s Wear Daily, thrifting emerged as a $28 billion juggernaut on the global stage, almost nipping at the heels of the $35 billion fast fashion empire in 2020. Moreover, at present, millennials and Gen Z are leading the charges of rummaging through closets of yesteryears two and a half times more frequently than their older counterparts. In this conversation we want to explore the culture of thrifting in South Africa to the extent of not only legitimising places like “Dunusa” in central Johannesburg, but also to the point of having stores in Nelson Mandela Square selling pre-owned luxury items and what this means for sustainable fashion. Writer and Sustainable Fashion Enthusiast Khensani Mohlatlole joins Lerato Mbele for the conversation.

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