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Denim is a timeless material and a fashion favourite. That’s why when I discovered Denim Palace, a shop dedicated to reincarnating classic denim pieces, I had to find out more. I chatted with owner and denim queen, Nwabisa Ntlokwana, to get the full scoop.

Give us the lowdown on Denim Palace?

Denim Palace is a clothing thrift shop that I started 12 months ago because friends would normally ask me about all my thrifted denim jeans. They brought it to my attention that I actually had a really great eye for good denim pieces, not to mention the love I have for this timeless fabric. I have also started styling with denim and recently worked with fashion brand Legit, on their Spring denim campaign.


Where does your collection’s inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from the streets. I love the authenticity of street style because it’s so original and refreshingly creative.

How do you curate or rework your denim pieces?

Most of our pieces are thrifted, but we like to upcycle them, or give them a modern custom twist. However, we also try keep the original vintage features intact.

What’s your favourite piece in the store at the moment?

My favourite pieces are our denim jackets, simply because I get a chance to play around when it comes to redesigning them. It’s so much fun since every item is so different. Plus the current badges trend has us adding badges and distressing features to give each jacket a trendy, custom look. We love the fact that you get something truly unique from our store that no one else will have!IMG_20160807_111305-compressed

Any future plans for Denim Palace?

We’re currently manufacturing our own denim collection and are also looking into opening an online shop to meet the demand. We’re also passionate about educating people about denim as well as sharing styling tips and more.

Where can we get our hands on your goods?

Head to our shop at 8 Morrison Road in Durban, or you can shop via our Instagram or Facebook accounts. We also courier all around South Africa.

Denim Palace

063 207 4361

Words: Jenna Kelly | Images: Supplied

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