My world: Makgati Molebatsi shifts from marketing to the art of fashion

Makgati Molebatsi.
Makgati Molebatsi.
Image: Trenery

SPONSORED | Marketing-professional-turned-art-adviser Makgati Molebatsi is the embodiment of the Trenery woman’s style and grace.

“The bravest thing I’ve ever done was to leave a 30-year career in marketing to do a course in art and business, then set up an art advisory business,” says Molebatsi.

The Sharpeville-born businesswoman is now a regular on the local art scene, where she stands out with her minimal, monochromatic and conceptual style.

Like art, how you put an outfit together is just as important as the individual pieces, and Makgati’s three must-have fashion items are “a pair of loose-fitting jeans, a soft cashmere shawl and ballet flats — understated and chic”, she says.


To help her stay on top of her game, Molebatsi ensures her wardrobe is refined and sophisticated, yet comfortable and versatile.

“I can move from a meeting in the daytime to an exhibition opening in the evening and still look chic with a bit of accessorising,” she says.

For some of her staples, she turns to Trenery — a brand that is modern and timeless in style, with the understated luxury of quality fabrics and considered details. “The clothes are classic, easy to wear and become staples in my wardrobe.” she says.



SCENT: “I love Byredo’s Oud Immortel for its minimalist packaging and smoky, masculine scent.”


ARTIST: “My favourite local artist is Liza Grobler, a mixed-media artist.” (Jorts! For Ever After, 2011, mixed media drawing, 40x26cm, pictured)


CRAFTS: “I also like the craft of ceramics.” (Imisoceramics, pictured) 


OUTFIT: Coat, R2,799; shirt, R899; pants, R1,299; nougat shoes, R999.






By Khomotso Moloto, fashion editor

This season my hit list from Trenery shows what we love most about this elegant yet versatile brand.

OUTFIT: As we transition into autumn, these light tones are sure to be the perfect addition to one’s capsule wardrobe, with comfortable fits, luxurious fabrics and flattering cuts.

SHOES: From nude flats to block heels, Trenery’s perfectly crafted shoes speak volumes.

BAGS: We are crushing on the Helga reversible tote — the bigger the better in this case. For a more casual look, pair your outfit with this Trenery sling and you are good to go.

JEWELS: Add a touch of elegance with a ravishing pair of earrings or bracelet — the perfect finishing touches to carry you through this season.

This article was paid for by Woolworths Trenery. Images by Steve Tanchel/Red Hot Ops Photographers.