Tell me something no one knows about yourself, and your brand?
That my surname means Black Panther and my full name Thang Mawi means Great Fame.
I do all my work in the studio. I try not to work from home as I like to keep my work and personal live separate. I like to chill and zone out from work completely when I’m away from the studio.
I get bombarded with meetings and requests as soon as I walk into the studio. I dump my bags and get onto my computer to check e-mails and then have meetings throughout the day. I am very involved and hands on with all aspects of the business so I’ll have meetings with production, the design team, sales, shop manager, marketing and press. All day long my head is bursting with ideas but I don’t always find time to get creative on a daily basis. I love making models, collages and samples so I try to find time in the afternoons to do creative projects. Friends, family, stylists and neighbours are constantly pouring in for a quick chat, a cup of coffee or to buy jewels so the studio is always buzzing. No day is ever the same and it’s always exciting. We never know who is going to rock up.
What inspired you today?
Today I was inspired by neon lighting. We were doing our Christmas shop window with flashing lights and neon signs and I had this amazing concept. But you’ll have to wait and see.
Why did you create a jewellery range?
It was a natural progression to create a men’s line. We have spent the last 10 years growing the women’s line and feel we are ready to expand. We first ventured into men’s jewellery 6 years ago but we were too ahead of the game and the product was too directional for the time. The men’s accessories market has changed considerably in the last few years and this sector is already proving to be one of the biggest growth areas and we want to capitalize on that. We have carved out a niche in the market and have acquired a strong following. The men’s line will help take the brand to the next level of growth.
Staying ahead of the game both creatively as well as in business.