- Thabiso started off his business as a hobby in high school
- He began printing on t-shirts but now has his own clothing brand
- He hopes to inspire young people to overcome poverty
A young man in Gugulethu, Western Cape, has shared his incredible story of how he created his own clothing brand.
Thabiso Mokomele started off by printing slogans and designs on t-shirts in his garage during his free time in high school, Briefly.co.za learned.
Although it was a hobby at the time, it helped supplement his fees. His designs became a hit in his community, pushing him to start T-Squared Clothing.
At the same time, he studied Human Resources Management at the University of the Western Cape and graduated with an honours degree.
As his business grew, Thabiso bought sewing machines and employed several people. He has stores in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
KFM named him its 2017 entrepreneur of the year. Thabiso now produces his own clothing from scratch rather than redesigning preexisting garments.
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Speaking to Beautiful News, the entrepreneur said his mission is to make T-Squared Clothing the leading urban streetwear brand in South Africa. He said:
I created a brand that serves and strives to inspire the youth of South Africa. I want people to know that through innovation, we can take control of our lives.
He appreciated his community's support:
The community love my work. This business is for them. Fashion gave me the opportunity to design my own future. Greatness, it’s in our hands.
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