15 Sep Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful: Vuyiswa Mutshekwane
At just twenty two years old Vuyiswa Mutshekwane, or Vie for short, opened Joburg based fashion boutique TwentyTwo stocking up and coming South African design labels and vintage pieces that were difficult to find anywhere else. Her monthly ‘Fashion Fridays’ at the store were her first foray into throwing must-attend events for the art, music and fashion crowd. Today, together with The Other Girls – a dynamic group of Johannesburg women and friends – Vie is behind the wildly successful The WKND Social, events that are all about the bringing together of good food, good music and good people. Still working in fashion, Vie is currently the sales and marketing manager at Kisua, an exciting e-commerce site offering exclusive contemporary African fashion by the continent’s best and brightest design talent.
What inspired you and The Other Girls to start The WKND Social?
The WKND Social was inspired by the brunch and day party events in New York. We wanted to create innovative events that brought the ‘right’ people together in an authentic, creative and fun way and also showcased the beautiful and interesting spaces that exist in Joburg that people aren’t always aware of.
What makes it a success?
Being a pop up event, The WKND Social reinvents itself every month and every experience is totally different. There is an element of nostalgia that I also think people like which comes from the music that’s played – 80s & 90s throwback.
Please tell us about your current role at Kisua and what it entails?
I am the Sales and Marketing Manager at KISUA. KISUA is an amazing online fashion retailer specialising in ready-to-wear contemporary African fashion. Being a relatively young company, each day is completely different – but generally involves devising social media & marketing strategies, planning and executing sales activations and events and being surrounded by beautiful clothes and talented people. Oh… and sending lots of e-mails.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced and triumphs you’ve enjoyed in your career so far?
I think one of my biggest achievements and challenges at the same time was opening and owning my own boutique when I was 22 (a couple years ago). It had always been my dream and I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to realise that dream but it was also one of the toughest and most eye-opening experiences.
What have you learned along the way that you could share with girls aspiring to be powerful women?
To quote a line from one of my favourite Erykah Badu songs, “The man that knows something knows that he knows nothing at all”. I’ve had to learn not to be scared of asking for help when I don’t know the answer and to always remain curious and open minded because there is always something new to learn.
Beauty is…overrated. Integrity, confidence and a good sense of humour will take you much further in life and last longer too.
Powerful is…something we all have the ability to be.
When do you feel most powerful?
When I set a goal and actually achieve it.
Who do you surround yourself with and how does this influence you?
I like to surround myself with people that inspire me to be better and make me laugh. I like laughing.
Where do you visualise yourself being in the future? // Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I would like to have studied more, learnt a couple more languages, traveled to a couple more countries, and work a maximum of 3 days a week… from my boat-house.
Ceramics sourced from Ceramic Factory.