DURBAN – A South African watchmaker Lunga Ntuli is set to embark on a trip to the United Kingdom in August to showcase his designs.
The former football journalist ventured into the world of business, launched LN Watches in the past few years and will be heading to the UK.
LN Watches is an African inspired watch brand and will be showcased at the Africa Fashion Week in London.
In a statement to FXMagazine on Thursday, LN Watches representative explained how the trip came about as the watchmaker will display his innovation on the 9th and 10th of August 2019.
Meanwhile, Ntuli expressed delight in seeing his dream finally coming true, stating that he always wanted to see his brand going global.
“My greatest dream has been to see LN Watches become a global brand and this opportunity is going to make that dream a reality,” said Ntuli in a statement.
“I am so grateful for what is about to take place not just for me but for the community that I come from and work in. This achievement is not just for me. It’s for all everyone that has played a part in making this brand what it is today.”
Speaking about his plan, the writer of books on love, he added that the designs are inspired by beads used to express love in Zulu.
“The plan was always to create a watch brand that Africans could resonate with. Having self-published four books to do with love, I realized that there was a link with my writing and beads because they have been used for many years to communicate love,” he continued.
“The Zulu inspired “Love Letter” which is beaded became one of the first sources of inspiration for our straps.
“After that design, we went on to create many designs that our clients now use to communicate and express their love, friendship, and family ties,” he concluded.
Founded in 2011 by Ronke Ademiluyi, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) is Europe’s largest fashion event promoting and nurturing African and African-inspired design talent.
With a collaborative catwalk, exhibition and business development program, AFWL has led the way in highlighting Africa’s emerging designers and apparel industry and has been at the forefront of bringing awareness of Africa’s burgeoning fashion industry to the international market.
One of the core principles of AFW is to give African designers valuable experiences by introducing them to the global fashion industry and providing support in building sustainable businesses.
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade by assisting local companies’ access international markets.