After an outstanding launch of the MSH Fashion Mentorship Program in February, Masa Square Hotel is fanning the flames of the 2017 Masa Fashion Show campaign even more.
The Hotel is pleased to announce that it will be sending its fashion mentorship program’s 12 mentors to SA Fashion Week SS17 in Johannesburg. The renowned fashion expose is billed to take place from 28 March to 1 April 2017.
Ms. Neo Nkele, Masa Square Hotel Sales and Marketing Manager, said, “We are excited to be taking our group of mentors to this renowned event. SA Fashion Week has continued to grow in terms of the calibre of shows and brand associations. This show is one of the Region’s most popular platforms for African designers to expose, develop and grow their creative businesses. Our intention is to further promote Botswana’s creative industries to an extensive African market and to inspire our mentors to in return further mould their mentees as they continue working on their collections, which they will debut at the Masa Fashion Show in October.”
Accompanying the designers to Johannesburg will be local fashion power house duo, GaTsh Fros, courtesy of Masa Square Hotel. SA Fashion Week showcases over 20 runway shows, launches, installations and social events for designers to mingle with retailers, media, customers and VIP guests. This year’s show will showcase collections from over 50 African grown designers. On the back of this, SA Fashion Week 2017 boasts of a wider directory of well over 100 designers specialising in men’s and women’s wear.
The Hotel’s sponsorship comes as part of the MSH Fashion Mentorship Program and efforts towards the upcoming Masa Fashion Show, billed for October 21st 2017. Launched on 23 February 2017 under the theme ‘Working Together to Build Botswana’s Creative Industry’, the Masa Square Hotel initiative entails the mentorship of 12 budding fashion designers by 12 accomplished designers from the local industry.
The program was introduced following 4 consecutive years of the Masa Fashion Show held to great acclaim in the Botswana entertainment calendar.
”Market exposure is an important component of building a successful business as one is exposed to a variety of cultures, people and ideas. Fashion week in particular is a melting pot of African creatives. We trust that this sponsorship is a step forward in building our country’s ever burgeoning creative industry and further creates awareness of Botswana’s fashion industry to a larger audience. We have more activities in the pipeline to keep the mentees on their toes as they prepare their collections. We are confident they will be ready, come October, to take centre stage at the Masa Fashion Show 2017 for Botswana and beyond to see their collections. This is about sustainable talent development, and that means pulling out all the stops to make as strong an impact as we possibly can,” said Nkele.
To stay updated on the progress of the Masa Square Fashion Show 2017 campaign, follow Masa Square Hotel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MasaSquareHotel and #MSHFashionShow2017.
The MSH Fashion Mentorship Program mentors are:
· Lame Chilume of Switch Couture BW
· Mummy Molapo of Fetish Culture
· Tlamo Mosinyi of Bondphill
· Kaone Moremong of House of Kay
· Lesedi Matlapeng of Kefseddy Designs
· Natasha Selelo of Tasha Creationz
· Dikatso Motlapele & Anita Molosiwa of Eccentric Style Loft
· Candida Tsheko of DihDah
· Thabiso Dibeela of Thabie D Originals
· Tankiso Mathware of Priestly
· Botho Chalebgwa of Botocy
· Delayna Scott of Delayna Scott designs
The lucky 12 mentees chosen to participate in the inaugural MSH Fashion Mentorship Program are:
· Boikanyo Molale
· Thabiso Makwate
· Katlego Moatshe
· Pamela Ntshwarang
· Lerang Keabile
· Gomotsegang Dipuo
· Tshepiso Abdulla
· Ratanang Morontshe
· Seatla Khutlo
· Katlego Sengate
· Temo Mpudi
· Mpho Chepete