Greer Valley and her husband Themba Mntambo are the founders of Kushn. In just over two years they have built one of Africa’s most trendy leather goods brands – sourcing materials from Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.
The inspiration behind creating Mubser came from wanting to help a close friend who lost his eyesight in an accident at the age of 15. Initially it wasn’t about creating a business, but rather trying to figure out a way to help him. Mubser is a wearable belt fully equipped with Bluetooth and Microsoft Kinect, that guides visually impaired individuals to navigate safely around objects and obstacles using a system of vibration motors. Continue Reading →
I decided to name my application after a fruit- Ffene, which means ‘jackfruit’ in Luganda. I didn’t have Apple in mind, although I am aware of the similarity, it wasn’t the biggest consideration. The name was about finding an object that was familiar, not technical and intimidating for users.
Michael Masinga is a graphic designer and founder of Studio Thinkers currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa.
One of Masinga’s most recognized works is The Proverbs Project, which illustrates the wisdom of the Biblical book through typography. Each typographic artwork is framed, printed on t-shirts, sweaters, throw pillows, and tote bags. It was also transformed into an eye-catching coffee table book. He showcased at the Design Indaba 2014 as an emerging creative.
Erika Wessels, a young jeweler, based in Salt River Cape Town had to learn to not give up. She made her first sale after the third showcasing at one of South Africa’s most thriving markets at the Old Biscuit Mill. Last week, her now popular brand showcased at the Design Indaba 2014, a major event for the city of Cape Town as the World Design Capital.
Simone Biggs, young interior designer, recently quits her job security to follow through with Edu Chair: an educational chair targeted at children ages 3-8. She showcases for the first time at the Cape Town Design Indaba 2014, a major event for the city as the 2014 Design Capital of the World.
Inga Gubeka is an entrepreneurial designer based in Cape Town. His innovative and beautiful take on carpentry has afforded him global distribution opportunities from his plywood bags. Showcasing at the Design Indaba 2014 Inga watched the world come to him, finalising deals with European retailers right through to Australia.
Thabo Makhetha emerging designer and young entrepreneur showcases at the Cape Town Design Indaba 2014. Her traditional Basotho blanket trench coats attract international exposure this year, as Cape Town hosts one of its’ major events as the World Design Capital.
Big up to Thabo, you have made us warm and proud!
We only care about the problems identified. That is the purpose of our business … to provide the solutions. Continue Reading →
Welcome to the land of MilQ and Honey