About Mantsho

Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung is the first design house to collaborate with global giant H&M. The Mantsho x H&M collection was sold in H&M’s flagship and online stores worldwide.

Palesa Mokubung holds a Bachelor of Arts in fashion design and is known for creating her own unique prints and textiles. She was named “the African trend dictator” by True Love Magazine in 2019.

She was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Free State fashion week, received a GQ best dressed award as well as the Haig Club Clubman Disruptor Award In 2014 she was recognized by the Carol Bouwer Mbokodo Award for her outstanding and valuable contribution in the field of Arts and Culture in South Africa.

Mantsho has showcased at South African Fashion Week and all over the world multiple times including at the BRICS show in 2018.

Palesa is very passionate about empowering young designers and imparting knowledge and skills because she understands the gap that exists between fashion schools and the industry. In 2019 she mentored 10 young designers from the Eastern Cape for the annual Buyelekhaya fashion show festival.

Mantsho was established in 2004 and her designs are a perfect balance between functionality and aesthetic which leaves a woman feeling comfortable and sophisticated. Mantsho design house makes clothes that embody African finesse and is inspired by a generation of Africans that are both global and still embrace their culture through their love for bespoke garments, prints and textile.

Mantsho has been attracting a big following amongst women who want to stand out from the crowd and consider themselves as style leaders amongst their circle, women who are driven, sophisticated and classy.

Awards & Achievements

  • Mantsho was the first African brand to collaborate withH&M in 2018
  • Mantsho chowcased at the Brics Show for Fashion week alongside Brazil, Russisa, India and China
  • Mokubung was the lead designer at the Sun Met 2020 were she had the opportunity to dress leading personalities Bonang Mathebe and Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi
  • Mantsho had the opportunity to dress Miss SouthAfrica's Top 10 finalists in 2019
  • She was named “the African trend dictator” by True Love magazine
  • In 2019 she was honored with the “Lifetime Achiever Award” at the Free State fashion week,
  • Palesa received the GQ Best dressed award
  • Palesa also received the Haig Club Clubman Disruptor Award
  • In 2021, Palesa Mokubung for Mantsho was awarded with the'Womenswear Brand Of The Year'
  • In 2022, Mantsho launched a furniture and home decor division called Mantsho Lifestyle.
  • In 2022, Palesa Mokubung became a permanent judge on "Battle of the Ankara" which was a fashion competition television show.
  • In 2023 , Forbes Women Africa, Leading Women Summit 2023 selected Palesa Mokubung as one if key note speakers for the Summit.
  • In 2023 , Mantsho Lifestyle collaborated with Hertex to launch an interior decor fabric range
  • In 2023, the “Mantsho Lifestyle Experience” was launched which is an experiential authentic fusion of fashion, shopping experience, food, decor, music, people and love in the heart of Johannesburg.