GETTING a part time job at one of the biggest retail stores in South Africa was a pivotal moment in the life of Thabiso Wiseman Ndlovu, showing him that fashion was his true passion and encouraging him to start his own clothing brand. Ndlovu; who is now a fashion designer, event host, and promoter; said that he realised his love for fashion at a young age but he could only pursue his passion after he had finished school.“I’ve always loved style and fashion, ever since I was a child. After I finished matric back in 2013, at Kwadinabakubo Secondary School, I got a part time job at a leading fashion retail store which added a lot of love for fashion, style, beauty and styling people,” Ndlovu said.The 23 year old revealed that one of the main challenges he faced was that there weren’t any subjects in school that involved fashion and he had to endure until he finished high school to pursue his dream. After he finished high school, Ndlovu said that he had an idea to start his own clothing brand but he was unable to due to financial reasons. “As much as I always wanted to start my brand, I had a low self-esteem. Deep down inside me I had that part of me that had a negative side. But my friends and family supported the idea,” he said.In 2016, thanks to the courage he got from his friends and family, Ndlovu started his own clothing brand, which he called “Wisenation”. “I named the clothing brand ‘Wisenation’ because I believe that our Nation (South Africa) is a Wisenation. In Mzansi we have High IQs, masterminds in different departments. “The brand name is aimed at bringing birth into people’s mind, hope and belief that we are wise and we can make things happen,” explained the fashion designer.In conclusion, his message to the youth out there is that dreams do come true — he is an example of that. “You have to invest your time into it. Unity and loyalty is key, everything is possible. Life is a journey. Believe and work hard every day,” he said.