Tshepo Jeans was commissioned to make a pair of jeans for the Duchess of Sussex, thrusting the brand into an international spotlight as thanks, they made HRH Archie dungarees.
Lorentzville, Johannesburg – The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited Victoria Yards on Monday morning to personally collect an order from Tshepo Jeans.
Tshepo started his company to make beautiful jeans. His denim work is bespoke and made beautifully. The brand is proudly South African and a real labour of love. He shared the story of how the Duchess ended up with a pair of his jeans and how he decided to surprise her with a little something for His Royal Highness, Archie.
“About 4 weeks ago I got a call from the British embassy. The Duchess of Sussex placed an order for a pair of jeans and today she came to collect them personally… Surprised her with a pair of dungarees for Archie and the rest is history”
The adorable pair of dungarees is something Archie will grow into. The memorable moment is one that Tshepo will never forget.
Having the royals visit his humble store in the Victoria Yards is a significant milestone, and from here, Tshepo can only go up! He explained to the Duchess the importance of the crown, which is symbolised on his jeans.
“The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.”
We hope Tshepo meeting the Duchess will boost his business. Take a look at their meeting below.
A precious moment. For The Duchess & HRH Archie by
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While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and “makers” together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level. It was an exceptional afternoon where The Duchess had the chance to connect with the children and founders of the phenomenal programme for kids’ development Timbuktu in The Valley. She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: “The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.” Such a beautiful and touching sentiment! Artists, artisans, sculptors, metal workers and carpenters are all part of the fabric of Victoria Yards, but it also utilizes the power of The DICE programme which supports several other local organisations in their work with marginalised youth and women. These include: 94 Colours (run by The Duchess’ guides for the day, Hector and Sibusiso), CDP (a development programme for young unemployed and marginalised women that provides training to start creative enterprises), Enke (rebuilds the confidence and self-belief of unemployed youth through training and practical experience), 26’10 South (an architecture firm designing a local youth centre) and ReimagiNation (works with local secondary school students to create a social and creative enterprising mindset). Stay tuned for more updates from this special afternoon… #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica