Describe your style in four words. Authentic, rooted, storyteller and colourful.
Trademark accessory? My hair!
Your first fashion memory? My first day at my first job in retail, years ago – I remember opening boxes of stock and smelling the clothes and that was it!
One piece you’re buying for spring to update your look? Shoes – always shoes!
How did you get your start in styling? From a very young age, I just loved how my uncles, dad and everyone in the community used to dress. I used to observe and obsess over how they took normal clothes and made them look extraordinary. I learnt from my uncle that the styling aspect was key. I experimented on my own until my first job in retail, which involved merchandising and helping customers. My love of creating new looks and playing with different items to make a look work and stand out grew stronger and here I am, still shifting and creating.
The most fun and challenging part about your job? Sourcing – looking for the perfect items for a brief is challenging, but finding those items is exciting and gives me life. Also, I enjoy meeting clients’ expectations and making them happy.
What’s the one thing you’d never put a client in? Ill-fitting clothes – fit is important. We do it right, or we don’t do it at all. Anything unflattering and uncomfortable is a no-no for me.
What is your never-fail styling trick? Layering and accessorising, which always bring out the outfit, making it look interesting and quirky. Also, confidence never fails in general.
Who are some of your go-to designers for styling now? Erre Fashion, Orapeleng Modutle, Marianne Fassler and Thula Sindi.
Your future plans? I want to create movements and make use of our diverse cultures to attract tourists back to our country.
Images: Trevor Stuurman, David Nyanzi and Austin Malema