Shongwe advises aspiring designers not to “worry as much about what people say, just start and you will be okay”. Mkhize explains that the hardest thing for him is being able to juggle studying and the fashion line. He warns, “There is a lot of work that goes into it. It’s very hectic and you have to put in a lot of hours. Your heart and soul needs to be in it”.
X-Raymond’s ultimate goal is to be recognised on a global scale and to collaborate with well-known artists. The year 2017 holds great things for this fashionable pair. They are set to do another fashion show at the end of the year, and will network with some major artists.