Gift Kgosierileng calls himself a fashion artist – and it’s the only title befitting of him. Though he studied fashion design, he found his calling in breaking the rules. “I don’t believe in fashion trends,” he says. “I don’t believe that people are supposed to tell you what to wear.” Instead, Kgosierileng builds inspiration from his late mother’s expressive nature, as well as his connection to his heritage.

In 2014, he launched his brand, No Modern Slave by Kgosi. Designing from gut feeling, he collaborates with clients and incorporates natural elements like shells, feathers, leather, and rope. Each of his pieces transcend cultural differences and invoke pride in the earth.

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