Youth leading change in their community

2018-06-26 06:00
Dressed in his own fashion line, Austin Mweli, a fashion designer and barber. PHOTO: supplied

Dressed in his own fashion line, Austin Mweli, a fashion designer and barber. PHOTO: supplied

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ALTHOUGH Molweni lad Austin Mweli came from a humble background, he was always dressed in the latest fashion.

Mweli never let circumstance get him down, chosing to constantly “modify” his school uniform and clothes, by himself, to keep up with trends.

Speaking to the Fever, he said he always loved fashion but he could not afford the clothes he wanted to wear. That is what drove Mweli to start his own fashion line, called Sedulous, last year.

“Seeing Kanye West’s fashion line gave me the courage to start my own thing, and that’s when it all began,” he said.

Mweli began his line with t-shirts before moving to designing jeans.

“My jeans got torn mistakenly, and I was going to patch it up, but I came across someone who loved how it was torn. Then I thought to myself that maybe I can embark on a journey of making jeans too,” he explained.

After the compliment he got about his torn jeans he started to make them himself, and the people in his community loved it. “They started approaching me to make their clothes like mine,” he said.

He also mentioned that his fashion line is different from others because he doesn’t necessarily need new material to make something. He could use your old jeans to make a new pair.

“People usually discard their old clothes because they are torn, or baggy because they’ve lost weight.

“With me it’s different because I take that torn t-shirt and make it look brand new, that you would think I bought from the store,” said Mweli.

The 20 year old added that he’s not only a fashion designer but he’s a barber too: “I started by cutting my own hair as well my siblings, and they loved that. Then people started asking me to cut theirs too,” he said.

Mweli said he didn’t go to school to study fashion, nor to be a barber, but it all came naturally and he embraced it.

“It was never easy because when you work with people they tend to make you their puppet, but that taught me to grow some thick skin at a very young age, and that’s my recipe for success,” he said.

He said his message to the youth is that they shouldn’t wait to be served everything but they should use their God-given talent to uplift themselves.

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