Entrepreneurs on the move with Leather Zulu
7 Oct 2019 BUSINESS
By Zuko Komisa
On our regular segment of Entrepreneurs on the move we spoke to Thembi Mazibuko-Kahimbaara and her sister Mpumi Mazibuko, who are the founders of Leather Zulu, an artisanal leather goods workshop with skilled master leathercrafters manufacturing beautiful leather bags, handbags, and accessories.
The genesis of the business
Their acquisition of an already existing leather workshop allowed them to acquire skills from craftsmen with over 15 years’ experience, a unique advantage the allowed them to have superior quality from the onset.
“We saw an opportunity to do something that we thought would be pretty cool, the bags would be beautiful, the assets were there, the business at the time was employing one technician and a seamstress. We had the opportunity to save their jobs and see where we could scale from. For us, we’re literally doing it from the University Of Google and logic to figure out what makes sense in terms of execution and making and selling products in the right way.”
With a love for leather and its longevity. Leather Zulu admires beautiful craftsmanship, while striving to make each item a masterpiece.
Customised Leather Bags
A passion for making what would call nothing into something beautiful, with a unique selling proposition, Leather Zulu has found a way to escape from the “race to the bottom”, where manufacturers make the cheapest goods possible.
“Our value proposition is about making customised leather goods… customers tell us “I want a bag that’s going to fit my laptop, my water bottle, wallet, and my charger, the leather should be blue and lining must be orange,” and we make it exactly the way the customer wants it.”
The leather is sourced locally from retailers, with a flexible approach to their business that allows them to continually create new and innovative designs. They also offer repair and restoration services for designer handbags, with a sustainability focus in the luxury leather market.
Shop the Leather Zulu range on Shop Kaya here.
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