Thabo Makhetha is a South African fashion designer and founder of the eponymous fashion label Thabo Makhetha. Thabo was born in Lesotho and she grew up in Johannesburg and various other cities such as Mafikeng, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and now Port Elizabeth. These vibrant cities have contributed to the many diverse influences found in her style and clothing.
We had a chance to catch up with and here is what she had to say about fashion and her label.
1. Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?
Since I can remember I’ve always loved all things that involve me using my hands (arts & crafts) and as I grew older I fell more and more in love with fashion. By the time I was in matric I knew I wanted to study fashion design and later have my own design studio.
2. What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
Being able to express myself through my designs. There are no limitations – I just do what I want and what I feel like, it’s a very liberating process. To watch a garment develop from the design phase to seeing it being worn by a satisfied client is the best feeling ever.
3. What are your plans for the future?
My future plans involve my label having more international exposure, through showcasing my collections across the world; building quality relationships with international fashion associates and growing my international clientele. I also plan to branch out to other South African areas, by attracting local stockists, so that more people can get access to Thabo Makhetha Designs.
4. What is your philosophy about fashion?
My philosophy about fashion is that it’s a reflection of society, of one’s self. Its how a person expresses outwardly who they are and their identity.
5. Does your work reflect your personal fashion taste? Can you describe your style?
Personally I like to dress the way I feel – the mood I’m in. Perhaps today I feel very relaxed then I would wear laid back very chilled clothes then tomorrow I might feel like dressing up then you’ll see me in heels. I design what I like and what I see ideal for my clientele – not necessarily that I design according to what I wear.