Leigh Schubert was born and raised in Durban, but moved to Johannesburg in her teens. There she studied fashion at Parktown College in Houghton, in her graduation year winning the prize for Best Overall Student.
She then returned home to Durban, and began the first few years of her career in commercial design and manufacture for Ninian & Lester. With her strong business acumen and sharp eye for commercial trends, quality and fit; in just a few years she moved up the ranks to become their youngest merchandiser.
Realising there was still much to learn on the other side of the business of fashion fence, she went onto buying for South Africa’s largest and fastest growing retail chain, Mr Price. Her years here gave her invalueable experience in clothing retail, financial planning and range assorting.
All throughout this time in the corporate fashion world, to keep creatively satisfied and to nurture her design talent, she participated in many prestigious design competitions, earning many accolades and winning numerous awards for her strong signature style.
It was after winning the Invited Designer category of the Durban Designer Collections, she finally decided to go solo and launch her label “Leigh Schubert” in 2002. Now just a few years later, besides a having a national fan base, being profiled as a designer, and her beautiful clothes being included constantly in all the latest magazine fashion editorials – she has been nominated twice for the Marie Claire Prix de Excellence Awards for Best South African Emerging Designer, winning the citation in 2006.
Her collections have been shown at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, South African Sanlam Fashion Week, Audi Joburg Fashion Week, MTN Durban Fashion Week and Nokia Cape Town Fashion week – all to critical acclaim.
Her special signature ladies wear include garments that are sexy but elegant, timeless but fresh and uncomplicated but interesting.
For the past seven years, HauTeFashionAfrica.com has stayed the foremost African Fashion Website, exhibiting a taste for the cultural tempered with an appreciation of the varied degrees of influence by the west in today’s fashion.
Well, it’s no news that African Fashion has been received extremely well locally and globally, but that makes us think, what is next after the promotion? How better can we communicate and assist the progress of African Fashion as we have done in the past?
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