- Tsholanang Mathibe grew up in a small village in North West dreaming of being a fashion designer
- She then grew up, pursued her dream, and started her business Blackmarble Designs in 2013
- The fashion designer now makes garments for many South African celebrities in the industry
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Fashion designer and entrepreneur Tsholanang Mathibe has made quite the name for herself in the South African fashion industry. She is the founder of Blackmarble Designs which is located in the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria.
Mathibe always knew that she wanted to be a fashion designer from a very young age. Telling Forbes Africa,
“I’ve never seen myself doing anything else from the age of nine.”
Tsholanang Mathibe grew up in a small village located in the North West called Kanana. She started envisioning her life as a fashion icon whilst growing up looking through the pages of glossy magazines.
After completing high school, Mathibe moved to Pretoria to do a B Tech in Fashion Design at Tshwane University of Technology. She had some trouble adjusting to life in a bigger city and even wanted to switch careers at some point. But her mother encouraged her to stay on her course.
She registered her business Blackmarble in 2013 while she was in the final year of her studies and began operating in 2014. She had a headstart in her career because of her talent:
“I was helped by the fact that I won an industrial sewing machine for a fashion range I had produced during my third year, when students showcase their work. I won the best innovation award. That helped me start my business,” she told Forbes Africa.
Mathibe's business continued to grow over the years and she has dressed celebrities such as Thuso Mbedu and the co-founder of Kreamfields Reabetswe Ngwane, whom she has known since her primary school days.
Her bridal gowns are quite pricey, costing $1000 and upwards.
Briefly.co.za previously reported another story about humble beginnings in starting a business. Reed Hastings, the co-founder, chairman, and co-CEO of the platform Netflix started from humble beginnings to get to where he is today. He first began his career as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, then joining the Marine Corps and later graduating with his degree from Stanford University.
Along with some partners, Hastings started his first business when he was 31 years old. The company was very successful and doubled revenue every year before turning public in 1995. When this happened, he got the idea to start Netflix after having a bad experience with a traditional movie rental store.
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