Thabo Makhetha is a South African fashion designer specialising in women’s wear. She is best known for her pret-a-porter range of winter capes inspired and made from traditional Basotho blankets, known as Kobo by Thabo Makhetha.
She established her company Thabo Makhetha in 2009 and for the next few years positioned it as an exclusive boutique specialising in bespoke women’s wear.
In 2012 whilst attending the Durban July, South Africa’s premier horse racing and fashion event, she was awarded Best Dressed Female. The event’s theme was Royalty and her Basotho blanket coat caught the attention of socialites, celebrities and fashion editors.
Spurred by the media interest in the “blanket coat” she showcased a collection titled Kobo Ea Bohali (Blankets of Prestige) at the 2013 Design Indaba Expo in Cape Town and was soon hailed as one of the emerging creatives to look out for.
Kobo by Thabo Makhetha is features regularly in leading fashion magazines such as ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, Women and Home (SA). Internationally her work has been covered in the New York Post (USA), Wall Street Journal (USA) and numerous fashion blogs.
Thabo Makhetha has garnered numerous awards and accolades, in 2014 she made her runway debut at Vancouver Fashion Week in Canada, where she was praised for the quality and creativity of her work. She was listed as one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders of 2014 by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and the Arts and Culture Trust of South Africa honoured her with the 2014 Impact Award for Design. In 2015 she showcased at South Africa Fashion Week for the first time and is sure to become a key feature of leading fashion events for years to come.
Her pret-a-porter collection (Kobo by Thabo Makhetha) is available at Piece in Johannesburg, House of Napoléon and Merchants on Long in Cape Town. Thabo Makhetha offers a personal service for high-end designer wear at her Thabo Makhetha boutique in Port Elizabeth.