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Colourful Kim

Colourful Kim

A favour for a famous friend turned into a, only dreamt of, full-time career for Kim Griessel from Hartbeespoort.

Kim is now a sought-after designer of  “clothes with a difference”  for colourful people who like to stand out from the crowd.

Her sudden career took off after she agreed to make shirts for longtime-friend and singer, Dozi, who struggles to find clothes because of his height.

“It was just a favour, but his shirts got such attention and the enquiries were referred to me. It was just after a divorce and I had two children to support and  it dawned on me that I might actually make a living out of this,” she laughs.

Although she studied fashion design, the idea of a career fell by the wayside when she married and had kids. “I sort of lost my dream,” she says. “I did make my two children’s clothes and some for myself, but that was as far as it went.”

After Dozi “paraded” her designs on stage last year and the orders started coming in, Kim decided to create a label named after Dozi – Izod (Dozi spelled  backwards) – to say thank you.
“And this brand is just right for me. I love colour and unusual detail and fabric. It is such fun to put it all together in truly unique garments.”

She spends hours in a fabric shop to search for jut the right fabric and accessories such as ribbons, wool and beads. “Look at this,” she beams, shaking a box of beads. ‘It’s like sweeties to me. With the simple addition of a few ribbons or special wool, adorned with beads, a simple garment becomes something special. Also fortunately for me, the boho-look is now a huge fashion trend and it is right up my alley. I have always loved the gypsy look and working with colourful people who are not scared to stand out in the crowd.”

She has made clothes for soapie-star  Marlon Roelfze, singer Jannie Moolman and singer and guitarist Boet Faber, to name a few.

“I love hunting for fabric and the cloth tells me what the design is going to be. And of course it is all in the detail. I love playing!”

Most of her clothes are unisex. ‘I found that shirts I made for men were bought by women and men wanted shirts that I made for women. I think the range is universal and it is the style and colours that attract people. People’s personalities are reflected in their clothing and I love the people I work with.”

But she not only creates beautiful boho-clothing, she is also a skilled wedding dressmaker and her coats “of many colours” have become very
sought-after.

“I just love designing and sewing my ideas to life. I basically live in my sewing room where the two cats and three dogs are my constant companions.”

She is currently establishing an online shop that will be up and running soon.

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