Name: Mxolisi Luke Mkhize
Date of Birth: 8TH November 1987
Home: KZN, Durban, Umlazi L Section
Brand: House of Saint Luke
Mxolisi Luke Mkhize (Known to friends and foes alike as Mxo/Luke) is a young Gentleman. Born and raised in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal. He grew up in the Township of Umlazi with his family, his primary and secondary level education was attained in Durban as well. He graduated University with a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Industrial Organisational and Labour Studies from University of KwaZulu Natal Howard College in 2010. Mxolisi has worked in Property Management, lectured at UKZN, worked in Communications and Events management.
The love of fashion and Events has always been present in Mxolisi, even at the early ages of his life. His mother was a huge influence in his style and overall appeal. Ensuring that he always looked smart and presentable, from school to family functions, she introduced Mxolisi to various brands that opened his eyes to the beautiful world of fashion in which he thrives today
The love for fashion and style took new heights when he decided to learn and teach himself the craft of tailoring and fashion design. The passion within him drove him to making outfits for himself. This raised the interests of peers who also wanted the same type of unique style that Mxolisi depicted through his outfits. This saw the birth of what is now know as HSL (House of Saint Luke). The name essentially comes from Mxo’s middle name “Luke” and “House” is the perfect embodiment of his aspiration to not only own his fashion house, but to make it a leading fashion and style empire.
Mxolsi has been involved in many fashion endeavors, in such a short span of time but, the highlight of his journey came 2012 where he and a few selected young designers in KZN were awarded the opportunity to go to Italy (Milan) for an internship where he had practical experience at Massimo Crivelli’s Studio. He Learned and experienced a completely different world of fashion. This entailed short courses, attended Milan Fashion week, toured Rome, Venice, Verona, Florence and Switzerland (Fox Town).
He has showcased: Fashion By the Sea, Durban Fashion Fair 2012/2013/2014 and 2015, Food Fashion and Music, Bloom Marketing VDJ2012/2013, VDJ2014 Fashion Experience, Lifestyle Oasis, The Society DBN, ANC Youth League Fashion Show and SA Fashion Week in partnership with GQ Magazine.
He has styled and dressed some of SA’s celebrities on the Red Carpets and worked on events such as South African Music Awards and Future Leader Awards. Nomzamo Mbatha , Khanya Mkhangisa , DreamTeam , Nay Map’s, Dawn Thandeka King, Khaya Dladla , Shekhinah, Kyle Deutsch only to name a few. 2014 Mxolisi made it to the semi Finals and Top 9 in the 1st ever South African Menswear Competition at SA Fashion Week. He won Best Menswear Collection at 2015 Durban Fashion Fair. In 2016 his work has been featured on GQ Magazine and made it to the top 6 Menswear Designers in South Africa in the GQ Scouting Menswear Competition. He has hosted successful Fashion Events, doing production and Events management.
“Refuse to give up, who knows who you will inspire”
“I love working with people and interacting with them. I also love their facial expressions when they see a finished garment. Designers are ‘ego transplant surgeons’, as we give people make overs and confidence. We boost egos and accentuate beauty,”
For him, inspiration comes from the rich South African culture, religion and history and describes his style as bold, tailored, eclectic and formal with his House of Saint Luke (HSL) signature.