Janita Toerien

Meet the Team Old

 

Our Team

Whoohoo!! These are the people that make it all happen!!

 
Photo by Darren Bester

Photo by Darren Bester

JANITA TOERIEN

Boom! There she is, the boss. We could tell you her history; how she loved drawing dresses since she was a wee little girl, studied fashion design for three years or worked in mens suits abroad for a year but instead here is some trivia! Fun fact #1: She is afraid of moths. No jokes. Fun fact #13: She once came third in a local hostel’s pool tournament in Laos. Fun fact #27: Her go to karaoke song is Enter the Ninja by Die Antwoord…although she is considering changing that after someone took the mic away and said “that’s enough now” the last time she attempted to sing the song. It clearly did not go down that well with the audience.

Photo by Darren Bester

Photo by Darren Bester

MAYA

Like Maya the Bee, this Maya is the bees knees!! She's so cool, she's like Cher and Madonna and only goes by one name. Haha! No, totally kidding. She is actually also known in the industry as Marnél Toerien the make up artist, she is Janita's little sister and the nickname was given to her by her grandfather. She is our studio manager/life of the office and is your first point of contact when you mail us. Don't be shy, say Hi Maya! 

Photo by Debbie Lourens

Photo by Debbie Lourens

MELLISSA DAVIDS

Mellissa's love for sewing didn't start at college when she studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, it started early on when her grandmother taught her how to bead evening dresses. 

Today she applies the wisdom from her grandmother teachings with modern sewing techniques to sew the endless meters of tulle on ballgowns or adjust a slight bust dart on exquisite silk bodices.

Photo by Debbie Lourens

Photo by Debbie Lourens

PHILZAIN UYS

Philzain's hands are responsible for the intricately beaded details and finishing on all our dresses.

If there is a custom beaded bodice then Philzain placed and sewed every single bead with precision, if lace needs to seamlessly overlap in order to look like it was woven to the shape of the figure then Philzain is the one who will applique every tiny leaf to flow into one another.

Photo by Jané Ulla

Photo by Jané Ulla

ROZITA DA SILVA

The newest member to our team! Rozita studied Fashion Design at Fedisa and is an all-rounder when it comes to garment construction and pattern making.

She will also be leading the team as we develop our ready-to-wear collection so keep an eye out for new coats, jackets and slacks for winter! 

PS. She’s not really as 2D as her profile pic suggests…