Bongani brings RVK fashion festival to Malawi

Just a year after visiting his home country, Bongani Tambo returns and teams up with Lush Events to host the biggest fashion event in Malawi dubbed “RVK Africa Fashion Festival” slated for 25-26th November at BICC in Lilongwe.

Bongani Tambo - RVK Founder
Bongani Tambo – RVK Founder

Founder and owner of Retro Vintage Kolektion (RVK) Fashion week, Bongani, a South African based Malawian has finally brought his brand and event home.

“I was born in Malawi and then I decided to relocate to South Africa, where I transformed myself into a vintage icon. Growing up with my grandparents Mr and Mrs Tambo in Mtakataka at the age of 5, I started to admire the suits and what my grandfather used to wear (suits) and that fashion grew in me,” explained Bongani.

With the current economic challenges that have rocked world, many have talked much on youngsters becoming entrepreneurs as opposed to sitting idle waiting to get employed. Bongani Tambo has taken a risk in venturing into fashion business.

According to Bongani, RVK is a brand that uses vintage clothes from the old fashion sense.

“Being a young man, I couldn’t get a chance to showcase my designs in some big fashion events so I started my own. So far I have attracted the attention of big media houses like BotswanaTV, SABC 1 & 2, eTV, Africa Magic, Swaziland TV, Namibia TV and most Africanmedia houses,” he disclosed.

To date, RVK fashion week showcases designer from Australia, Ghana, USA, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Nigeria and many more.

The Fashion icon further explained: “As they say home is best. Last year I visited Malawi I decided to start the same thing here and bring all these designers and media houses from other countries. The result is this RVK Africa fashion festival which is taking place this month. I believe this will also attract other media houses and other countries to know more about our country.”

Bongani who is also an Ambassador for Mercedes Bens Africa Fashion Festival said he decided to start his own fashion event with the aim of helping other young talented designers across.

He has a Retro Vintage Kolektion stall in Pretoria and currently married to Esnarth Nkosi, a South African but half Malawian, who is doing law at South Africa magistrate court.

“According to my experience, in other countries I have seen that governments and other big companies do believe in the youth and their ideas and also the youth have an impact to the growth of the country, tourism or financial side” he noted.

Some of the designers earmarked to showcase at the event include Lilly Alfonso (Malawi), Nicole Rob (Botswana), Stanley Nkwane (South Africa), Sanah (Zimbabwe), Lulu Makawa, Wati of , Nyalisa wear, Nzika wear (Malawi), Bongani Tambo and Esnarth Nkosi (South Africa).

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