These Batswana trendsetters, besides being business partners, Tsholo Dikobe (left) and Gaone Mothibi are “inseparable” best friends. Their brand name comes from their names, Ga – the first two letters of Gaone’s name, and then Tsh – first three letters of Tsholo’s name . So combined it’s GaTsh Fros — ‘fros’ for their Afros!”.
They are shaping a very bright future of Botswana’s emerging fashion industry.The pair started the fashion brand GaTsh Fros in 2011 after Having met at nursery school, then again at the University of Botswana, bonded over their love of daring color and wacky prints before realizing their shared vision was something special. The young women’s eclectic yet glamorous aesthetic has won them Africa London Fashion Week 2014’s Innovative Designer of the Year award, while their style column in Botswanan newspaper The Voice has helped bring emerging Tswana fashion talents to international attention.
In an interview with CNN Style they said their creations are inspired by what they could term as a Botswana fashion staple and cultural token.
“Our designs begin with Botswana. We cannot begin to tell our fashion story without first identifying this mogagolwane blanket that is widely regarded as a cultural token and forms an important part of who we are as Batswana. It’s from Africa’s diverse and rich culture that modern African fashion is influenced.” – Tsholo