Listen to LoA’s interview with Shingai Nyagweta, founder of KuNa Kids, recorded at the Lioness Lean In Breakfast event in Johannesburg on 17 March where she was sharing her startup story with the audience.
Finding great children’s clothing that appeals to both the young ones and the parents, and which at the same time celebrates the vibrancy of African textiles, has now been made so much easier. South African entrepreneur and designer, Shingai Nyagweta, founder of KuNa Kids, has built a niche children’s clothing company that embraces the uniquely local shweshwe fabrics, but incorporated into funky and practical designs. LoA had the opportunity of finding out more about this wonderful children’s clothing company this month and the passionate and creative founder behind it. Shingai shares her passion for making children’s clothing that is bright and bold with an African twist. She explains how she has always wanted to make children's clothing, and how she loves the vibrancy and energy that local shweshwe fabrics give. She is passionate about locally made, and wanted to design a range that was hard wearing, yet colourful and fun for little South Africans to wear. She believes that because the items are all of a brilliant quality, because they are locally made, and because they only make a small quantity of each range, children are wearing beautifully made clothes that support the local women who produce them, while not all looking the same!