Quin-Leigh Hammond pushes the boundaries of Namibian fashion

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The Namibian fashion industry has undergone an amazing evolution of late with the African nation hosting two consecutive fashion weeks in Windhoek. The Fashion Council of Namibia was also established; as well as plans to develop the Fashion Museum of Namibia.

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At the centre of this growth is Honeycassie Designs, a local fashion house founded and creatively driven by designer and leather craftsman, Quin-Leigh Hammond.

Quin Leigh was inspired by her grandmother who worked as a seamstress during her early years. Quin developed a love for fashion and completed a BA degree in the Arts; majoring in Textiles and Fashion.

She describes her pieces and collections as future ready. The unique designs and cuts she uses lend to creating fashionable items; which illuminate elegance but still have the spirit of modern-day landscapes whether they be in the hustle and bustle of the Namibian capital city and her hometown, Windhoek.

Quin’s source of inspiration is omnipresent and range from songs, nature to vibrant colours.

In 2015 she launched Honeycassie Designs; which is the driving force for this brand. Quin's designs were exhibited at Kent State University as part of the "Fashion of Southern Africa" exhibition; which earned her exclusive runway shows at the 2019 and 2020 Windhoek Fashion week. This event earned Quin nominations for fashion designer of the year at the 2020 Simply You Fashion & Lifestyle Awards (Namibia).

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She also released annual collections and collaborated with multi-award winning: performance artists; local influencers; fashionistas and brands. Most recently, through the Honeycassie Design brand, Quin launched the 'River Blue' collection.

Quin Leigh continues to move towards creating more eco-friendly designs. She also enjoys re-inventing old designs by changing elements of an older piece.

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