Fashion with soul

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I have just booked my next trip to South Africa when it occurred to me that I have been meaning to write about this designer for a long time…

Her story is so amazing that deserves a book and not only this humble post…

Her name is Vanessa Gounden…

Born in Durban – South Africa, Vanessa grew up in a township… life was hard, full of difficulties and limitations…nevertheless, despite of it all or because of it all, this woman dreamt to conquer the world.

The dream came true… Vanessa always knew she meant to make a difference… in her inner circle, for sure… but way beyond it too…

She became a successful businesswoman…. Then, founded an empire… and when all thought she had it all, she changed drastically and started her own fashion brand…

Making fashion for fashion was not enough… it had to have a purpose… a meaning… something that people would feel as coming from the soul…

When I was introduced to Vanessa’s collection, she had just created pieces raising consciousness  to woman’s breast cancer…

Every piece would be inspired on the theme, from the stitches of a removed breast to the gauze used on the surgery…

The words above can read cold and tragic… her creations express pure transformation and poetry…

Remember, women with breast cancer are like caterpillars…when they think life is over… They become beautiful butterflies….

Enjoy and get inspired!

www.vanessagounden.com

Xx Valentina

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