SISONKE means »togetherness« in the South African language Zulu.
SISONKE stands for a creative and fair economic exchange between South Africa and Austria. The SISONKE Design label aims at the collaboration of established designers and young talents from Austria, South Africa and other countries in the creation of unique jewellery and fashion design collections with the message of “Togetherness” supporting poverty alleviation.


„we are one – we are together“
Design for togetherness – in mutual respect

„has the power to change lives“
Design for poverty alleviation – for sustainable social change, inspiration and commitment

„we are all involved“
Emotion, solidarity and the will to join efforts for great achievements

„no problem stands alone“
International visibility for initiatives against poverty and for the creation of a worldwide community



With the Cross Continental Design Catwalk (CCDC) we generated a new show concept to raise awareness and to reach new audiences. The SISONKE CCDC – a ‚Design-Opera‘ – is a spectacular fusion of jewellery design, fashion, light, live music and contemporary dance created by artists and designers of both continents.

The premiere staged 2007 under the patronage of the Mayour of the City of Vienna, was followed in 2010 by more shows in South Africa and in Austria. As a result, an extensive cross-continental network could be formed, including both established jewellery and fashion designers and young talents, artists of all disciplines, and partners in education, economics and politics