Celebrated South African designer Orapeleng Modutle who has dressed major South African celebrities like Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Boity Thulo, Luthando Shosha, Thando Thabethe, Kefilwe Mabote, Sarah Langa, Nandi Madida and our very own Toke Makinwa caught up with BellaNaija Style‘s Isoken Ogiemwonyi for our Discover series, where we go back to the basics with the designers and try to understand what drives their brand.
BNS: Why did you start your line?
My creative abilities derive from early childhood as I watched my mother and grandmother doing some needlework as a hobby. I was extremely fascinated that a garment could be produced by hand and I joined them and wanted to make more out of it.
BNS: Who is your favorite celebrity or influencer to work with?
Unfortunately I Love them all, I can’t choose one because each and every celebrity/ influencer has their own unique energy and in that energy we connect in the best way ever and there is a magnificent synergy which makes it so easy for us to collaborate in making the best works of art where we join forces as two brands.
BNS: How would you describe your label?
It’s a celebration of distinctive style and brand identity, that always wins recognition and acclaim on an international scale.
BNS: What do you believe should be the foundation of every woman’s wardrobe?
I definitely believe that a staple to every woman’s closet is a perfect fitting dress that is something that can be worn to a corporate event or the office or a family function which is so transeasonal and versatile and it makes her feel so good every time she wears it without adding a lot of things on it and makes a statement on its own.
BNS: Who is the Orapeleng Modutle woman?
She loves to express her own romantic femininity, always with taste, sensibility and refinement, making the most of her own natural attributes.
BNS: Where do you get Style inspiration?
Women and just generations of women that’s have inspired me all my life. Women from all walks of life, single, independent, etc. who make sure that they go out there and find ways of sustaining their homes, creating sustainable careers for themselves.
BNS: Where do we purchase prices from your brand?
We are currently working on a global platform where even some of our international clients can access prices hassle free. Otherwise our studio is based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Who: Orapeleng Modutle , Creative Director of Orapeleng Modutle .
What: Super glamorous womenswear.
Where: Follow them on Instagram @OrapelengModutle
Shop:Village Market in Nairobi, and a showroom in Kiambu.