Kefilwe Mabote is a digital entrepreneur with a passion for luxury brands and fashion. She is one of the most notable lifestyle influencer in South Africa. Her main focus is content creation and styling some of South Africa’s elites, Kefilwe visited the Witchery Head Office earlier this year for an exclusive brand immersion, where she met the design team and gained first-hand knowledge about the Witchery brand. We caught up with Kefilwe to talk her personal style and career evolution.
For those who may not be aware, what is your position and professional background?
I’m a fashion stylist and social media influencer operating in the luxury space. My professional background includes sales consultant, fashion stylist and a raw self-made entrepreneur.
What does a typical Monday look like for you?
6:30 am: I wake up and mentally prepare myself for the day ahead. For the next 30 minutes I sort out my to-do list.
7:00 am: I prepare breakfast.
8:30 am: I meet with my personal trainer at the gym for a one-on-one session.
From 10:00 am to 15:00 pm I usually do styling consultations with clients and any personal shopping that’s needed.
What has been your career highlight thus far?
Being invited to attend the Ferragamo fashion show in Milan. That was epic.
Who do you look up to professionally? And why?
People don’t know this, but apart from my mom, the key influence behind my journey is anger. I literally owe my success to bullies and people who have undermined me at different points in my life. These people have been the key catalysts to my overall success in life.
What role does fashion play in your professional life?
Fashion adds another layer of confidence and I think confidence is one of the most important keys to success.
How would you describe your style?
If I had to pick one word to define my style it would be 'luxe'. I dress to impress and I dress to be remembered. In saying that, I also enjoy collating high street fashion with luxe brands to create a look unique to me.
What are (3) wardrobe pieces you cannot live without?
Your favourite new trend of the season, and why?
Save all your black cause this season is all about colour! Wearing the same colour from head to toe. It’s vibrant and has a very powerful presence.
High tea purple outfit designed by ORAPELENG. I attend the Bongi Ngema foundation
Well, there’s something interesting that I’m currently cooking up, which I can’t wait to share with everyone but only after it’s finished. I love surprises.
Photographs by Niquita Bento