Ineeleng Kavindama is a woman of many firsts! The retired Motswana fashionista single-handedly laid all the ground work for today’s modern day men and women of studied elegance. In 1995, IK as she’s affectionately called won the Best Designer for Menswear at the South African Fashion Designers Association. She was also the first Motswana to showcase in the first Mnet Face of Africa in 1997, and successively also the first Motswana to participate in the South African Fashion Week both in 1997 and 1999.
Her meteoric rise continued when IK became yet the first Motswana Fashion Designer to be featured on the American basic cable and satellite television news channel, The Cable News Network (CNN).
Furthermore, IK became the first Motswana designer to grace several South African mediums such as Sunday World, Sunday Times, The Star, City Press, Sowetan, YFM, Metro FM and SABC1’s popular magazine, Selimathunzi with her alluring omnipotence. Currently retired from the world of fashion, IK continues to offer mentorship to both aspiring and seasoned fashionistas around the country.
Just recently, the seasoned fashionista with an enormous appetite for all finer things in life launched yet another first when she established a new business venture aptly tagged, Vintage Classics – a car rental business dealing strictly in antique cars.
“Our new business venture of Vintage Wheels is ideal for wedding hires, red carpet events, the film and music industry and other related lifestyle events to spice them up. The business name is VINTAGE CLASSICS. So far the reception has been phenomenal from the appearances we had among them the Valentine exhibits at a few prime hotels in Gaborone, President’s Khama farewell visit at Thamaga village in particular and our latest vintage collection display at the invitation of the Grand Palm Peermont Grand Resort at the ‘Nyeletso Lehuma Summit’ on 20th and 21st March 2018,” said Kavindama this week.
She added that Vintage Classics is a well thought out concept that adds historical touch to today’s events with a classic style that has mostly only been seen just on movies and novels.
“The initiative is unique and most appreciated by all. Our range of classic vintage automobiles is a rare collection and boast of a rich history dating back from 1927 Ford hatchback model which was popular before the World’s Great Depression of 1929 up to the second World War of 1945. Our collection covers various models of vintage classics because we are aware that people have different tastes when it comes to cars,” added the fashionista.
Kavindama added that in her possession is a mixture of almost all prestigious classic car brands.
“Our fleet of 12 vintage classics appeal to a wider clientele either through rental or hire. The vintage collection is also tailored to cater for low, medium and high budget clientele hence the variety of cars in our fleet. The objective of this initiative is for all Batswana to be a part of this vintage lifestyle experience. We don’t want to be perceived as an exclusive of the rich and famous only,” said the brazen businesswoman who continues to humble her detractors.
Taking us on an inspired guided tour at the Grand Palm Peermont Grand Resort on Monday where the cars are being exhibited until Wednesday (tomorrow), IK said her fleet consist of the 1938 Chevrolet model, the 1939 Chevrolet Deluxe and the British 1947 Austin 10, which recently chauffeured outgoing President Ian Khama Seretse Khama during his farewell visit in Thamaga.
She noted that the three models were very popular in classic movies like the 1939 Gone With the Wind – a Hollywood movie starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
To add the cherry on top, IK’s Vintage Classics include the popular and suave rides of the 60s like the 1963 Austin Cambridge, the 1965 Rolls Royce Princess Vanden Plas model, the 1967 Australian Holden model as well as the 1967 Volkswagen Notchback model.
Other popular models of the 70s include the German 1971 Mercedes Benz 230 model and the 1973 British Rover P6, the 1973 MG Midget and the 1959 Renault 4CV. IK added that quite proudly is the fact that the British Rover P6 was voted European Car of the year in 1964, being a very first winner of this title.
Lastly, IK said her collection also includes one of King Kong’s luxury automobiles – the 1983 Range Rover model which is ideal for rough terrains like the Okavango and the Kalahari landscape.
“Our vintage wheels collection is not only about the glitz and glam lifestyle, as we intend to also open this “mini-museum” to the public for viewing and appreciation of the rare automobiles. The site will be used as a tourist attraction and a cultural referral point for educational purposes to benefit our Tourism industry. It’s important for the coming generations to know even the history of the modern cars that they see on the road and those used in the film industry as these are rare collectables that the public do not come across on a daily basis.”
“We appreciate and respect that this is a new and very interesting concept in Botswana and therefore we are investing entirely in advertising and promotions to create more awareness hence the engagement of our brand ambassadors in the likes of Isaac Makwala, Comedian Junior “Jujuvine” Sekolokwane and South African based actor Imani Archibald Seboni.Since the cars are vintage it is our wish to expand beyond borders but this is a long term plan. We have already started advertising in social media through our Facebook page, Ineeleng Holdings which reaches a vast market around the SADC region.”