Thato Matabane is the founder and creative director of Afrikanswiss. The premier denim brand, with its distinctive African aesthetic, was established in 2006. It is an evolution of its precursor, Kafa, which Matabane first launched in 2005, during his fashion training at the SewAfrica technical college in Johannesburg.
Following a brief corporate career as visual merchandiser with retail chain, Woolworths, Thato joined House of Ole, in 2010, as a design intern before being appointed as the studio’s designer and operations manager. It was at this time that he completed three seasonal SA Fashion Week collections as assistant designer for the iconic Loxion Kulca brand.
Leaving House of Ole to pursue Afrikanswiss full-time in 2013, Matabane opened the continent’s first locally designed denim boutique, in Johannesburg in 2014. This was also the year in which he showed his debut collection at SA Fashion Week where he has subsequently participated in four seasons.
Afrikanswiss AW20 Runway
Eunice Driver Photography | Official SAFW Collections Photographer