Mbalenhle Mncube is a young South African fashion designer who aspires to be a fashion entrepreneur. Originally from a small township in the east of Johannesburg, she completed her Fashion Degree at Stadio Design (formerly LISOF), in 2019. After winning her Best First Year Designer Award from LISOF, in 2017, she interned at one of South Africa’s retail stores. Three years later, in 2020, she was shortlisted at the ‘All Fashion Sourcing Young Designer Competition’ (#YDC20 Top10 Finalist), which was when her brand, UMSWENKO, was born. Inspired mostly by African nature, and primarily operating within the field of young men and women, the brand creates a cross-cultural exchange through design by reinterpreting African traditions with contemporary designs.