Architecture student Sesethu Mbonisweni has mixed her passion for fashion with her love for architecture and created an accessories label called 'Hey Sessy'.
The Mthatha-born woman said that her love for expressing herself through fashion was birthed by her love for her grandmother’s style.
“My grandmother was a person who loved wearing hats whenever we would go out. Even if it was a funeral she would want to stand out from a crowd."
'Hey Sessy' originates from how a number of her friends would mispronounce her name after she moved to Johannesburg. The woman initially created the accessories for her own use, but then discovered that she could sell them for profit.
Starting the business was not easy, Mbonisweni put up posters and shared her business at church.
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Thanks to the woman she has been brought up by, Mbonisweni says she has a big focus on empowering other women. She says she wants other women to know that they do not have to depend on men to succeed.
“I’m a black woman studying architecture and I am entering a male-dominated industry. I am trying to push that you can do it, no matter what, no matter where you come from.”
Mbonisweni received a lot of support from the women in her family who helped with start-up capital.
To see more of Mbonisweni’s creations, you can follow her @heysessy_ on Instagram
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