THREADS: Siphosethu Duncan – Sundays Apparel thrifts with decadence

Feature, Interview, Threads

For 24-year-old Siphosethu Duncan fashion and a passion for dressing didn’t truly begin until this year. Moves like investing deliberate time on her Instagram or buying tickets to Fashion Week happened when this fresh-faced and gracefully talented up-cycler locked into her fashion-sense. Her Instagram feed shows an instinct for minimalism and what to leave out or off. For S E R U M The Sundays Apparel feed bares a curated grace and elegance that’s hard not to refer back toward. Living out in the wops of Pukekohe where she and her husband Warren own their own home, this young boss woman uniquely sets silk textures against freshly ploughed soil. Sisi to her friends, as named by her late nanny, she says embracing her personal style was like “An opportunity to take myself seriously — an opportunity to pursue my love for fashion”. Once we saw the styling work she did for Mukuka’s Time + Space video shot by Shakie Photography and directed by Makanaka Tuwe, we had to catch up with her and talk about Sundays Apparel and what she’s going to do next.

Where are you from? 

S: Beautiful Durban, South Africa but living in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Describe your personal style: 

S: My personal style has definitely changed and is constantly evolving and growing — I’ve noticed a change in style due to genuine inspiration. I went from urban streetwear to minimalistic inspired looks. I noticed with interest how many clothes I have accumulated throughout the year all in the name of fashion but when I switched to dressing minimalistic, it helped me declutter unworn/worn clothing items. Quite a challenge but so far, I am enjoying the journey.

“The idea of only being given one choice of style or similar choices bothers me hence why I thrift.”

Siphosethu Duncan by husband Warren.

What are some of your first memories of clothes and materials?
S: I never really took much notice on my apparel, what I would wear or how I would wear my outfits. I started noticing recently that people are loving what I wear.  However, I can recall a time when I was a lot younger, I sat in my soft-tech class in intermediate school brainstorming my brand label. This was quite far-fetched as I wanted to become a nurse.

How do clothes define your personality in your opinion?

S: Stand-out clothing defines my extroverted-personality. I love bold/ iconic pieces, especially unique items. I don’t enjoy shopping at local malls as I feel, creatively speaking, restricted when looking for an outfit. We only buy what’s currently ‘trending’ or in season. The idea of only being given one choice of style or similar choices bothers me hence why I thrift. Thrifting is all seasons—you have summer wear and winter wear all year round. I can define myself through clothing with thrift shopping. If I’m looking for something bold, or stand-out pieces, I thrift. 

As a woman how do clothes represent your identity?
S: I don’t think clothing represents my identity as a woman. I say this because I sometimes like wearing men’s wear if we’re being gender specific. The current trend or what’s become popular are oversized jackets as an example — the closest to recreating this look is wearing men’s wear. 

What are you most looking forward to with fashion week 2019?
S: I was looking forward to being in the same room as creatives and like-minded people. I was also looking forward to being inspired and enthused by the following seasons clothing collections.

What shows did you attend?

S: I attended with a friend the following shows: Tuesday Label and Fashion Quarterly & Miss FQ. 

Where can people check for your coverage? 

S: On Instagram. .. ssundaysapparel (two s’s)


What’s Sundays Apparel and what can people look out for in the future from you?
S: Sundays Apparel at the moment is a massive scrap book of ideas. Ideas are forming and an identity is slowly being developed and formed. Sundays Apparel is a service that focusses on helping you up-cycle thrifted clothing at the moment. We’re still growing.

Who are your style/ influencers and why?
S: At the moment, I love Layplan designs. Their designs are honestly amazing and unique. I enjoy watching how they style their pieces! They’re signature puffy sleeved dresses/ tops with quirky socks and sandals is a fave.

What was your role working on the video for ‘Time + Space’ by Mukuka:

S: My role on the day, along with the creative director Makanaka was to ensure Mukukā’s wardrobe as well as her cast members were on hand and ready for shooting. Prior to this, Mukukā and I had a private wardrobe styling session to plan.

What did you love about the job?

S: I loved how Mukukā trusted me to style her shoot. I am super grateful for the opportunity as it has opened my eyes to endless possibilities for Sundays Apparel. It surely gave me perspective on how much Time + Space (pun intended) is required when planning.

When you get ready every day, what’s your favourite part  of the process?
S: My favourite part of the process is characterising— Do I want to wear ‘mom’ jeans with a cute sweater and a hat or do I feel like wearing my favourite RiRi pants. I call it characterising because for a moment when you’re in the process, you think of what you may of seen via Pinterest, social media and you almost re-create that particular look BECAUSE so and so wore it like this.

Who are your style/ influencers and why?
S: At the moment, I love Layplan designs. Their designs are honestly amazing and unique. I enjoy watching how they style their pieces! They’re signature puffy sleeved dresses/ tops  with quirky socks and sandals is a fave.

Follow Siphosethu on Instagram HERE.

Check out Siphosethu’s styling work on Mukukā’s Time+Space video below:

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