Whether you’re Stuck in a style rut or simply looking to add some fresh finds to your wardrobe, Get It has you covered this spring with all the latest fashion trends, giving you a glimpse into the world of one of the city’s youngest and most talked about designers
Sixteen-year-old Relebohile Patience is taking the fashion industry by storm. Her Italian inspired designs will have you feeling like you’re walking down the runway at Paris Fashion Week while you are actually only running your daily errands in the Bloemfontein Central Business District. In an exclusive interview the vibrant grade 11 scholar from HTS Louis Botha told Get It that her company, Pareltia, is an e-commerce website providing your go-to source for styles influenced by the latest fashion, with added flair. “We aim to inspire our customers to be the best version of themselves and to be confident in their own skin, and of course, their outfits. Our vision is fast-paced, forward-thinking and fashion-centered at its core, and all our products reflect these ideals.” Rele was taught by her uncle and aunt, Paul and Cynthia Tsoanyane, who have their own clothing/CMT business and taught her how to sew back in 2017. “My love for fashion grew when I participated in fashion shows in the past two years. In September 2018 I went on an educational tour to the USA. My mind was somehow mostly focused on fashion and business on that side and my experience there made me realise how much I wanted to make designing my career,” Rele said.
Besides the fact that she loves fashion, this young girl chose fashion designing as a career as she prefers doing things her own way and according to her taking the education
path as a South African doesn’t look too promising. Rele’s inspiration for her first collection comes from Italian fashion and her love for the solar system. Her first collection consists of ten outfits and she chose to name them after the universe’s planets based on their qualities. “I replaced the first letter from each planet or galaxy with one letter from my first name as it consists of ten letters,” she said. Her favourite designers include Rich Mnisi, Kentse Masilo and Erin Robertson. When Rele is not busy with sketching new designs she enjoys reading and going through the latest fashion blogs as well as attending fashion events that also help with keeping track of the latest fashion. Rele’s goal for when she has completed her matric is to make made-to-measure clothing and take over the fashion industry.
To order some of her designs or see more of her work, check out her website (pareltia.com), Facebook page (pareltia) and Instagram page (@pareltia).