Thembi Mabule selected as one of the Mail & Guardian 2016 Top 200 Young South African and recently she was on world view channel talking women empowerment and social business. In 2012 she won an award as Mzansi’s best creative artist.
Thembi Mabule studied Retail Business Management at the University of Johannesburg. Course subject included Business management, Retail Management, Communications, Computer, Logistics, Shopping Centre Management and Accounting. While studying in UJ, She started her business selling to students and in small street Jozi selling small fascinator flowers and that led her into renting her first shop. In 2008 after completing few small projects of making small fascinator for bridesmaids, out of her passion and self-taught skill, she decided to formally launch her business. Then in 2009 she went on to advance her skill at Sinamey sensation she then went for a training. Thembi has taught herself lot of millinery techniques and making it a culture to always research and learn to keep up with the international trends.
She has exhibited her designs at Sanlam Fashion Week, Africa International Fashion Week and with the government Agencies. She has given her collection of hats for polo charity Event – Aganang Sechaba hosted by Basetsane Khumalo and top Women in South Africa. She exhibited her designs and did a fashion show at this event.
She was interviewed by an Australian Millinery publication as one of the first talented milliner from Africa. She has featured in local TV programmes such as SABC 1 Making moves, Shift and Seskhona including etv Sistahood whereby she was recognised as a trendsetter in the millinery. She showcased her new collection, talked about current trends and hats people should wear at 2011 Durban July. She also appeared on CNBC Channel and Soweto TV. She has featured in local magazine such as Move and Drum and featured in leading newspapers such as Sowetan, Pretoria news, Beeld, The Star and Sunday World. Her designs were featured on 6 pages of Real Magazine on the May issue – mothers month.
In January 2011 she was invited at the L’Ormarins Queens plate in Cape Town Kenilworth as one of the SA top milliners to be a judge for the best dresser and best hat. At this race she dressed Francesca Cumana, an acclaimed international rider from Australia who was a special guest.