Loxion Kulca’s Wandi Nzimande ‘changed the shape of fashion in SA’

Fashion heavyweights pay tribute to the late co-founder of one of the country’s most influential brands

Fashion director and Kaya FM DJ Mzwandile “Wandi” Nzimande has died at the age of 44. EWN reports that Nzimande passed away on Wednesday morning at the Olivedale Clinic in Johannesburg after contracting Covid-19. Nzimande is famed for co-founding Loxion Kulca, one of SA’s most sought-after streetwear brands, together with Sechaba Mogale in 1999. Loxion Kulca dominated the local fashion scene in the 2000s becoming the go-to brand for celebs like Zola 7, Phat Joe as well as late rappers HHP and ProKid – the latter even collaborated with the label on a sneaker line.

Their wares were so covetable that the company was plagued by a flood of fake Loxion Kulca merchandise hitting the streets. Such was the brand’s sartorial influence that in 2019 its 20th anniversary was marked by the release of a four-part documentary, 20 Years of Loxion Kulca, on SABC1.