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Gavin Rajah

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Gavin Rajah is a 36-year-old entrepreneur in the world of fashion and marketing. He has ventured into Marketing Strategy, Event Concept and Event Management. Gavin Rajah as a brand is synonymous with discerning style, and is a household name in SA. Collaboration with micro-economic projects specialising in traditional skills and crafts are his passion and he is constantly seeking ways in which to promote this to the rest of the world. His work has featured in international publications such as L’Officiel, Vogue, Milano Finanza, icon, Luna, Avant Garde, Harper’s & Queen, Uomo Collezioni, London Sunday Times, London Financial Times, The Face, Donna, Citizen K, BBC, CNN and the Los Angeles Times. He has curated an exhibition on Traditional Art and Crafts in the US for Steven Spielberg and received worldwide coverage for the various empowerment groups that exhibited their work. His interests range from socio-political theory to esoteric psychology. He has dressed Naomi Campbell, Beyonce, Jodie Kidd, Tina Turner, Paris Hilton, Celine Dion, Cameron Diaz, and other celebrities. His collection is available at some of the most fashionable stores in the world and he is represented in 11 countries. He has designed jewellery collections for The Tanzanite Foundation and De Beers. 2005 saw him featured as a designer/judge in “America’s Top Model” by Tyra Banks in the US and in Jodie Kidd’s reality TV programme “Fashion Avenue” in the UK. He has designed a jewellery collection with Rosy Blue (Belgium) and Nagahori (Japan) which will be for the Japanese market. 2007 sees him being appointed a judge for Holland’s Next Top Model.

He has been the only African to speak at the Global Fashion Conference in Milan and his paper on “Creating an Identity in Fashion: South Africa the future of fashion?” made headlines in the Wall St Journal and Milano Finanza. He was invited by the Federation Française de la Couture to show in Paris in July 2006, which was a first for South Africa and now shows 4 collections a year in Paris. 2006 saw launch of his accessory collection “ACCESSstar” in Paris.

FinWeek has listed him as one of the top 40 most influential leaders in the country. 2007 also sees him taking 4 young designers to Paris to present their work in an exhibition during Paris Fashion Week in association with SATOURISM and The Motsepe Family Foundation. He is strongly committed to the development of fashion in SA and raising the profile of the industry abroad.

He also has conceptualised and initiated POSITIVE for Sun International, the largest Pan African collaboration of art, fashion and music; an event which aims at raising money for HIV/AIDS causes.

The United Nations has appointed him a UNICEF Ambassador for the work he has done to uplift the lives of vulnerable communities in South Africa and with this appointment he joins the ranks of Roger Federer, Shakira, Ricky Martin and Angelique Kidjo in working for children’s causes. He has been selected by US Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, to premiere his work at Oxford University in 2008. 2007 saw Gavin raise over 21 million ZAR for Unicef charities he supports.

Nelson Mandela has personally selected him a limited edition of clothing to mark the occasion of his 90th birthday celebration in London in July 2008.

Gavin has branched out into corporate identity development (uniforms), interiors and luxury amenities under his own brand name. He is also consulting to numerous companies on design concept for hotels, spas and restaurants and is fast becoming known as a “concept specialist”

Website: http://www.gavinrajah.com

Email: info@gavinrajah.com

Phone: +27(0)21 424 7842/9

Address: 302 The Studios 112 Buitengragt St Cape Town

Country: South Africa