African clothing designer, Shingai Nyagweta, started the children’s clothing brand, KuNa in 2009. Coming from a very clever family, of very brainy business people, Shingai wanted to add colour and fun into her everyday lifestyle. She started off designing clothes for her sisters and parents, who although they loved them, found them to be a bit too playful for the corporate environment they worked in.
However, the range did catch the eye of her discerning, 6-year-old niece, Kunashe. They spent school holidays curled up on the couch eating vanilla biscuits, and designing their hearts out. Shingai provided the fabrics, the know-how and the technical excellence, while Kunashe provided an eye for detail and a love of colour and African prints. Together, they conceived the brand that is KuNa today. “Children’s clothing that is bright and bold, with an African twist.
KuNa - How we do it.
We at KuNa are committed to a sustainable future.
We employ a 100% African team.
We source our fabrics locally, and also within the African continent. (When someone goes into Africa on a business trip, we beg them to bring us back some lovely fabric.)
Any outsourcing is to local woman, who we employ on a part-time basis, during our busy periods.
We are a zero waste factory. This is hugely important to us.
All our larger scraps are used to make something. (Hairbands/brooches/Kuna stuffed animals and quilts.)
All smaller cut-offs are used to stuff our KuNa Cubs and our KuNa Eli’s.
Shingai is a brilliant ‘upcycler’.
From the furniture in the factory to the rails in our shops, almost every item has had a previous life and is now being used to make our Happy Little Store and Factory, an even happier and sustainable space.
We LOVE what we do. We ADORE what we make. We live and breath the KuNa Magic. (I’d say we eat it too, but that would be a lie. We quite like chocolate cake…)
We can’t wait to share it with you.