A Cultivated Passion For Design

PICTURE: Jack Mthembu

The aspiring Siphumelelo “Phat Sii” Kwinana (24) is an entrepreneur and founder of Styles by Phat Sii, who is on the rise to build an empire for himself.

From the beautiful landscapes of Aliwal where he was born and raised and later grew up in Joe Gqabi in the Northern Eastern Cape. His the eldest of four and his mother played the role of both mom and dad managed to provide for him and his siblings even though she was unemployed.

In 2013 he relocated to Johannesburg and enrolled at the Central Johannesburg College to study his Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He then registered his business during the last year of studies. His desire for designing was always an unearthing passion to starting his own clothing brand.

He decided to venture out on his dream as a designer because of the inspiration and motivation he always received from other young entrepreneurs such as the likes of Emmanuel Bonoko founder of EBonoko Holdings and EBonoko Foundation; Sibusiso Ngwenya founder of SkinnySbuSocks and his best friend Jack Mthembu founder of First One Adventures.

“These guys have always inspired me, they have unlocked the mindset of seeing things in are way that it is possible and do – able,” said Siphumelelo.

Styles by Phat Sii is an authentic clothing brand, which consists of different artistic materials put together to tell untold African stories. It is said to be the voice of expression for South Africans on how they wear their fabrics. The aim for this clothing brand is to unite urban culture and street wear.  It is locally designed and manufactured.

Having a full – time job makes it challenging to for him to reach out to most of his clients but in the midst of the difficulties he managed to employe two people to help him out during his unavailability.

Siphumelolo said that curve balls thrown along the way of being an entrepreneur he has been able to overcome them through inspiration shared stories by other young entrepreneurs.

“Nothing is impossible, everyone’s dream is valid,” he said.

He hopes Styles By Phat Sii to be an internationally recognised clothing brand and to inspire other kids out there in order to take ownership of their dreams. His ever grateful for the support he has always received from family and friends.

Winter range coming soon on the 3rd of March 2018.

Instagram: @stylesbyphatsii and @phati_sii

E-mail: orders@phatsii.co.za
076 309 1998