Johannesburg – South African-born fashion designer and entrepreneur Lesego Malatsi has gone from stitching ready-to-wear garments in a Soweto township mall set amid shanties to savouring the sweet success of London’s fashion week.
Malatsi had his first international show at the weekend in the British capital, where he displayed a collection of new-look African prints at the Fashions Finest event backed by Richard Branson‘s Virgin Unity initiative.
“Honestly, you don’t know how to prepare,” Malatsi said from London in a telephone interview with Reuters.
Malatsi has taken a long road to London that started in a tiny home in Soweto.
He first tried his hand at accounting after leaving high school, but a stint at a cosmetics company altered his career aspirations.
“(It) changed my mind and how I saw things,” he said.
He then studied fashion at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has been making clothes since.
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