Interview with our South African Tailor – Gallant Tshepo
1) What sparked your interest in fashion?
My mother is the reason I’ve always been well dressed. She made me love fashion and clothing. Fashion is the second language in my household.
2) How did the name GallanT come about?
The name ‘Gallant’ came from the book Hamlet that I was reading in high school. I asked my English teacher if Gallant would be a nice name for me.
She said: “but there’s nothing ‘gallant’ about you… you are a very naughty boy”.
I told her: “that’s fine, but I’m going to use it anyway, haha”. It has stuck with me since then.
3) What made you take tailoring more seriously and make a career out of it?
Passion, influence and the drive.
I didn’t see myself doing anything better than this.
4) Are you self taught or did you study a tailoring course?
I didn’t study for it. I was taught by friends.
5) How has your work evolved over the years?
My work now is neat and the cuts are well-made.
6) Are there any types of clothing that you avoid wearing?
7) What makes GallanT tailored items different?
The styling inside, the sleeve buttons, and the detail on the lapel.
8) What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?
High quality vintage fabrics – often unique yet affordable. It shows us that people didn’t need to spend as much to look good and still be in quality garments in the olden days.
9) What is the biggest lesson you have learnt since you became a tailor?
To value yourself and truly know the value of your work.
10) What advice would you give to budding tailors and entrepreneurs?
Your vision must be bigger then you.
11) Do you think that it truly is time for Africa to compete?
Definitely. The continent is still going through a developing stage. Investments have been made in sports, acting and music; but there is still a lot of scope for investment in the fashion industry and in local brands and Africa-focussed, but not necessarily afro-centric, brands. Africa can surely compete.
12) What’s your motto?
“Re-Define The Modern Man.”
Ligali Ajibola Ayorinde
October 29, 2017