And on Monday Meghan Markle visited Tshepo’s store located at Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Joburg.
“About 4 weeks ago I got a call from the British embassy. The Duchess of Sussex placed an order for a pair of jeans and today she came to collect them personally… Surprised her with a pair of dungarees for Archie and the rest is history,” says Tshepo Mohlala in a post via his Twitter page.
Tshepo The JeanMarker (Tshepo Jeans) was founded in 2015 by Tshepo Mohlala. Born in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga and later moved to Tsakane in the east of Johannesburg. Tshepo Mohlala also known as Tshepo the JeanMaker, all it took was a stylish aunt to spark his interest in fashion.
Tshepo Mohlala’s mother (a cleaner) and Grandmother (a Pastor) were also an early influence. At the age of 8, they gave him a single-breasted olive green silk suit. It was however in the 2000s that his aunt Takalani would spark his love affair with denim. Her visits home from varsity were a treat for Tshepo. Her style was classic but quirky, which meant a timeless pairing of denim jacket and bootleg jeans wouldn’t be complete without the flash of daring spice girl boots. – Tshepo Jeans.
Tshepo Mohlala says that his passion for denim came from his desire to emulate his aunt’s style, as his interest in fashion grew so did his desire to experiment with denim.
Fast forward a decade later he abandoned Film making at AFDA to study fashion design at the University of Johannesburg.
In 2015 he launched his first pair of crafted jeans, which he coined ‘The Presidential Fit’.