Last updated on Jan 21st, 2021 at 08:45 am

In addition to their Style Squad duties and monthly activities, these two talented kids rose to the challenge and won the Style Squad Designer Range competition – a unique initiative that presented the 20 Style Squad bloggers with an opportunity to showcase their talent and fashion design skills.

As the victors, Bongz and #Jodi V were invited to spend a few days at Ackermans Head Office to get a behind-the-scenes look at the brand’s inner workings and learn what it takes to be a fashion designer in South Africa’s retail industry.

In collaboration with the experts, these young designers created an awesome summer range for boys and girls, which they showed off during a professional photo shoot.

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Bongz

Bongz’s collection for boys represents ‘urban swag’, which is influenced by his love of R&B music, Johannesburg’s vibrant city settings and township culture.

Bongz’s collection depicts the City of Gold’s everyday street fashion

His range combines a mix of bulky zips, pleather finishes, check detail, metallic and bold graphic patterns on everything from tees, golfers, shorts and button-up shirts to clamdiggers and hoodies.

With a colour palette ranging from monochrome tones and blue shades to gold prints, Bongz’s collection depicts the City of Gold’s everyday street fashion and #JoziSwag with easy eKasi style.

“Being part of Style Squad, and winning the Style Squad Designer Range competition, has opened loads of doors, amazing experiences and opportunities for which I will forever be grateful,” says Bongz.11528T_All-4-Women-Advertorial_300x300_JodiV

#Jodi V

#Jodi V’s range is ‘tropi-cool’ and inspired by the fresh vibe feeling of a chilled out beach day. With bright juicy colours, paradise prints and accents of gold, her collection is perfect for fashion-savvy girls.

Her collection is perfect for fashion-savvy girls.

She captures the essence of summer with her easy-to-wear pieces made from lightweight fabric – including open-back tops, high-waist shorts, pencil skirts and T-shirt dresses.

Judging by the way she combines island-florals, graphic prints and girly silhouettes, this trendy blogger’s collection packs a tropical punch.

“Oh what an experience,” shared #Jodi V. “Firstly a glimpse into the industry from behind the scenes, to the final products. I have learned that there are endless possibilities out there. If I believe and push beyond boundaries not even the sky is the limit.”

Look out for Bongz’s and #Jodi V’s ranges in-store, or visit www.ackermans.co.za to view their collections on the Style Squad blog.