Local fashionista and footwear dealer Leroy Waps has described the late Loxion Kulca (culture) co-founder Mzwandile Nzimande as a role model who inspired him.
Waps is a businessman who supplies classic sneakers and shoes to local socialites.
Nzimande who played a pivotal role in popularising the street wear and lifestyle brand Loxion Kulca was pronounced dead on 13 January by South Africa radio station Kaya FM.
He died at the Olivedale Clinic in Johannesburg at the age of 44 after contracting Covid-19.
Nzimande was a residential DJ for the Home of the Afropolitan station (Kaya FM) at the time of his death.
Waps revealed that Nzimande inspired his type of dressing and his business investment.
“Nzimande influenced my style of dressing because growing up eKasi we were Pantsulas and Loxion Kulca was one of those brands that we could relate to because things were hard then, if you couldn’t afford buying Converse or Dickies, Loxion Kulca would be the most convenient one.
“So, when I ventured into business, I copied some of his ideologies which also led me to start a T-shirt brand that was called Kwaitoholics which was greatly influenced by Loxion Kulca,” said Waps.
Waps cherishes the Loxion Kulca brand to the extent of owning an orange overall which was a signature gear for Mzansi kwaito star Mzekezeke.
He even has a picture in his photo-album of him and Mzexman wearing the overalls.
“I got my first Loxion Kulca brand of a spot and a T-shirt in 2000 which my mum bought for me for Christmas but I always had a thing for their sneakers.
“I will remember bro Wandi mostly because of his playlists on Kaya FM, his music selection cemented him with the Loxion Kulca brand, he loved kwaito music so much,” said Waps.
Nzimande was laid to rest on 19 January.