So­cial me­dia rocks to her fash­ion

Pas­sion for de­sign­ing her own clothes lifts her out of 9-to-5 job

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TLANGI Mo­gale’s love of fash­ion has in­spired her to re­vamp the ANC re­galia, a de­sign that has now taken so­cial me­dia by storm. Mo­gale started de­sign­ing her own clothes in 2010.

“I never liked the old de­signs that they had, and as an ANC mem­ber I wanted to look good in the clothes I was wear­ing,” she said.

She had a full-time job then and worked on her pas­sion part-time. She would de­sign clothes and wear them with her friends and then post them on so­cial me­dia pages. “Peo­ple would be ex­cited to see the cloth­ing and would ask me how they could or­der the out­fits.”

Celebri­ties also got on the band­wagon and posted pic­tures of them­selves in some of the more pop­u­lar items, like the khaki jump­suit that was all over In­sta­gram last year. Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress Le­toya Makhene, TV pre­sen­ter Mbali Nkosi and mu­si­cian Thembi Seete have been seen wear­ing the jump­suit.

Mo­gale soon started mak­ing more money off her cloth­ing than she was mak­ing at her ac­tual job. She now fo­cuses on the busi­ness and has ex­panded her brand out­side of the ANC.

“I was so happy with all the feed­back we were get­ting. Peo­ple would ask me how they could get the clothes that weren’t branded, so I opened two other bou­tiques that also sell reg­u­lar cloth­ing,” she said.

She works with a tai­lor for both her Chiefkazi Cou­ture­bou­tiques, one in Joburg’s Gandhi Square and the other in Pre­to­ria, where she is based. Mo­gale sources her cloth­ing from var­i­ous places and makes sure to keep her items trendy.

“We vary from kid­dies’ cloth­ing to for­mal wear. Usu­ally it de­pends on the events that are hap­pen­ing and, of course, the trends of the time,” she said.

For the ANC 105th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion Mo­gale said the trends to look out for would be shorts, vests, loafers and dresses. “You have to al­ways check the weather when choos­ing the right out­fit. Sunday will be cool ear­lier and hot later, so peo­ple must come pre­pared.”

Prices for the clothes range from R50 for a beanie to R650 for shoes and the shirts, and dresses and other items start from R150.

Mo­gale makes sure that her items re­main trendy

CON­FI­DENT: Tlangi Mo­gale, pic­tured below, ex­pects to see many peo­ple dressed in shorts, dresses and vests at the ANC’s 105th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions this Sunday.

TRENDY: Le­toya Makhene dressed in the pop­u­lar jump­suit. It is part of the re­vamped ANC re­galia from Tlangi Mo­gale.

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