Born out of a passion for beautiful, simple design, Raphaela Nina Adler’s fashion and lifestyle brand, Nina, centres around handmade pieces crafted from the finest fabrics.

Inspired by her love for the local design industry and by years of travelling the world, Raphaela has poured her energy and intrinsic sense of calm into a considered label that prides itself on timeless, confident pieces aimed at elevating everyday style.

Speaking of her own range, she says “ The pieces are handmade from linen and cotton and some items are specifically hand-dyed. I try to keep things pared-back and focus on what's important to the wearer which, to me, means quality over quantity and working with fabrics that are going to stand the test of time. I like to be aware of where my fabrics come from which also means building relationships with my suppliers”. This focus on quality means that pieces from her label aren’t mass produced: she only makes a limited amount of every item.

Raphaela started her career in fashion design at Elizabeth Galloway Academy in Stellenbosch, South Africa and then went on to work for established local designer, Maya Prass. After three years of travelling, during which time she learned a lot about garment making in Nepal and Bangladesh, she settled back in Cape Town and has been working on her label ever since.

What to expect from her collection?

Comfortable, casual elegance in the form of brushed cotton shirts, flattering dresses and linen jumpsuits. Soft hues come together with delicate craftsmanship to create pieces that will help you stay true to yourself and your sense of style.