I’m Tumi Seepe, I’m 27 years old and have the deepest love for fashion – creating and consuming it. I fall more and more in love with life everyday through my faith, travels, relationships, fitness and wellness journey.I have a BA Fashion Design degree from LISOF and have always worked in fashion in some of the other, from marketing, buying and planning, social media and in the midst of all of that I’ve been defining myself as a creative in pursuit of my own fashion brands.
I’ve been self employed as a fashion designer and an entrepreneur fully for the past 2 years and a half and don’t see myself ever going back and also freelance as a TV presenter on DSTV’s TV Mall.
It’s been the toughest yet most fulfilling time of my life and I’m grateful for the growth it’s afforded me. I’ve always been a passion-driven person that’s why it was only natural for me to create my blog www.tumidoes.co.za as well as start a YouTube channel called the Black Issue.
I have two clothing brands in the works and launching the one very soon.I’m constantly learning and creating whether its through art, crocheting, DIY’ing, sewing, reading and watching videos online and enjoy pursuing a life that is different from the norm.
I have no idea how my life would be without my faith, and owe every bit of it to my saviour Jesus Christ.
1.FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW, WHAT IS THE NOTABLE TREND FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON?
– Winter is coming up and we’ve seen a lot of fun trends pop up in the global fahion scene but slow adaption in SA. The trends that are not as senseless are starting to make an impresson in our markets. With that said I think we’ll see a lot of chunky teddy jackets and coats this Winter.
2.WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL PIECES YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR CLOSET.
When I think of essential, I think of something that can we worn through seasons for years so already this also means they have to be investment pieces in staple colours. A pair of leather booties, a tailored blazer, a melton coat and black pants with an incredible fit.
3.HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO VENTURE INTO FASHION DESIGNING?
I don’t even remember if it was ever a conscious decision, I’ve always been creative and always tried different things with my clothes even if it meant ruining them. My grandmother was a seamstress and she raised me for most of my childhood so when she worked I also kept busy either watching her, playing around with her scraps or assisting her (ie threading her needles).
By the time I was 11 she was giving me lessons on the sewing machine. She sadly passed away when I was 13 and her sewing equipment was naturally given to me. I’m grateful my mom allowed to me continue to express myself through what I did to my clothes. It feels like I’ve always known this was what I wanted to do with my life.
4. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CURRENT FASHION OBSESSIONS?
– Slides. I don’t know how many pairs I have. I have them plain, bedazzled, coloured, furry, you name it and I can wear them anywhere. To yoga class or to a meeting.
– T-shirts with fun details like exegarrated sleeves, gathers, prints, cut – outs, tassels and diamante.
– Sunglasses. If I’m shopping, I don’t think I’d come home without a new pair.
5.WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PURSUE THE FASHION DESIGNING CAREER?
Realise that fashion isn’t just limited to designing and if this is the only avenue you’re willing to take in the fashion industry, you might just be disappointed as it’s not usually the easist or the most satisfying in the beginning. Becoming a fashion designer is more entrepreneurial than it is an occupation and not everyone is called to entrepreneurship and that’s okay.
There are so many other exciting and fulfilling jobs in the fashion industry and you should be open minded and realise that you have to continue learning even after varsity in order to give yourself the best shot at success, as with any path in life.
6.WHAT IS ONE THING YOUR READERS WOULD BE SUPRISED TO HEAR?
I’m very adventerous and frequently put myself in risky situations just for the thrill of conquering my fears or saying I did, lol or showing off that I did it. I’m also extremely introverted and find It very difficult to be around a lot of people for an extended period of time. My alone time is sacred and it has been my biggest teacher so I protect it, even amongst people, so the very few people I do open up to, I love with a deep loyalty.Becoming a fashion designer is more entrepreneurial than it is an occupation Click To Tweet
7.TELL US MORE ABOUT THE BLACK ISSUE SOUTH AFRICA
The Black Issue is a passion project started by my best friend and I. We initially started as a team of three, but due to professional differences we are now two. The Black Issue is a platform where we come together to bring in our creative skills (production, directing, content creating) to form an online show that interprets the world in the eyes of two, strong black women who have fallen in love with who they are and where they are going.
8.WHEN DID YOU START YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY?
I started my fitness journey at 19 straight after highschool and joined a local gym. That’s when I fell in love with yoga and weight training and since I enjoyed what it not only did for my health and body, it changed my mindset to one of focus and consistency. So now I enjoy a lot of forms of fitness and wellness and it has made all the difference to my life as a whole.
9.ANY NEW VENTURES THAT WE CAN SUPPORT?
Yes yes! You can follow @shopsophieonline on Instagram and stay in tune for what’s coming. A dream of mine that’s taken years to actualise is finally here.
10. LIST TOP 3 PLACES YOU’VE TRAVELLED AND TOP 3 YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO?
Top 3 I’ve been to: Egypt, Madagascar and Mozambique (I really want to see the whole of Africa)
Top 3 to visit: Soon heading to Indonesia (yay), I dream of Morocco and Vietnam. I can’t wait to visit.
11.WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VERSE IN THE BIBLE
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Colossians 3:23 NIV
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