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Young fashion designer launches own range

Despite being discouraged from following her dream, Kgomotso Mekwa has started a new clothing range for women and is happier than ever.

Kgomotso Mekwa has a passion for clothing. Despite having no formal training in fashion, she recently launched her new clothing range in Lyttelton and she is aiming for the sky.

The young fashion designer has always dreamed of designing elegant outfits and today she is living her dream. She recently launched a new clothing line at her newly opened business, Phoenix Design Boutique, and aims to create an exclusive shopping platform for fashion lovers everywhere.

During the launch, Mekwa said she knew from an early age that she would venture into this industry when she started sewing dresses for dolls and turning old clothes into new outfits. “At that time I was sewing by hand. When I was in matric, my grandmother bought me a sewing machine and this fuelled my passion further.”

She said she wanted to register to study fashion design, but got discouraged by a family member who advised her to study internal auditing instead.

“While at a tertiary learning institution, I was sewing my own clothes and I started making jean bags for some of my classmates. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I was so focused on sewing that I did not study – resulting in me failing some of my third year subjects.

“The year after that, I knew it was either school or developing my talent and I opted to do what I love most. With the one-stitch sewing machine, I started doing alterations for people around my neighbourhood, then outfits.”

She cited funding as one of the challenges she encountered while establishing the business, but thanked Dorah Nteo, who mentored her and showed her all the tricks to kick starting a business.

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