Siphelele Ntombela is from Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. He graduated in Textile Design at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
In 2017, Ntombela designed the African inspired Mohair Range called African Renaissance Collection.
The range was inspired by the book Tribe to Township by Peter Becker, which talks about the lives of Africans pre-colonization and after colonization. The concept of colonization was the focal inspiration of the range, where Africans went to the cities to find jobs and were influenced by Western Culture. This shift birthed a lot of South African Styles in the township area, such as Panstula and Skhothane.
The African Renaissance Collection takes influence from the Western culture but embraces the cultural aesthetics of the Zulu culture. The triangular patterns on the garments are inspired by the Zulu earrings worn by Zulu women. The male garment consists of three pieces which are the cardigan, sleeveless suit jersey and Ibeshu. “iBeshu is the rear apron made from calfskin (from stillborn or dead calves). The female garment has four pieces which are the dress, belt, scarf and isiColo. IsiColo is a hat worn by married women. These garments were showcased at The Collective Graduate Fashion Show.