Unity Gaonyadiwe Mpapane, a former Molemo Wa Kgang TV show host’s passion for fashion landed her a career in designing clothes for children.
“I was inspired by a lot of things around me and other designers to start my own clothing line. I really love fashion and looking smart in my own way. Sometimes when I go out be it to shopping malls, church or weddings, kids would always compliment my dress sense saying, ‘aunty o montle’. Even those that do not know me inspired me to kick start this fashion line for kids and of course some feedback from my Facebook posts,” she said.
Furthermore, Mpapane explained that she designs high fashion end African print clothes that children could wear during graduation, beauty pageant, wedding, modeling, birthday parties as well as cultural events. She added that their collection ranged from dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, jackets, long and short pants for boys and girls, aprons, hats and head accessories.
She also pointed out that she wanted to be part of Botswana’s youth that grow the manufacturing sector. She further stated that it inspires her to make her own clothes. She added that the COVID-19 pandemic made her think outside the box, making her wonder what would happen if international industries were shut down, what their children would wear saying that at least for the youth and elderly a lot of local designers cater for them.
She added that her signature style was aligning her designs with current trends. Mpapane also explained that she accessories the African print apparels with a touch of net, chiffon, silk and organza. She said her target market included boys and girls aging between three and 14 years. She explained that her future endeavour was to own shops in malls across the country that woll be selling her fashion line. “I have not showcased my work at any local fashion shows except recently at the Uniflair Couture Fashion line launch, where our young models walked down the runway to showcase our collection. I am looking forward to participating in fashion show events this coming year. My brand is relatively new to the market. I have so far created social media pages like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp business account and TikTok accounts where I share my collection. All the social handles go by the name Uniflair Couture,” she said.
Mpapane also said her shop was online adding that she were currently advertising at the mentioned social platforms. She said people could order through sending direct messages and emails, adding that they will make sure the items reach them. The previous weekend, she launched her fashion line but people are already buying from her clothes.