Thato Matabane is the founder and creative director of Afrikanswiss. He studied an advanced certificate in Fashion Design at SewAfrica. Thato then worked at the Woolworths chain store as a visual merchandiser. It was in 2006 while studying at SewAfrica that he established a clothing brand called Kafa which evolved to Afrikanswiss. In 2010 Thato went on to intern and later worked as a designer and operations manager at House of Ole. It was here that he worked on the Loxion Kulca South African Fashion Week projects as an assistant designer for 3 seasons.
In 2013 Thato left House of Ole to pursue Afrikanswiss. 2014 ‚Äď Afrikanswiss opened its first and Africa’s first denim boutique in Johannesburg. This was also the year he did his first show at South African Fashion Week. Afrikanswiss has since then participated in 4 seasons of SAFW.