By Alex Roberts
There are few people or orgs that maximize and think outside the box with kitenge patterns more than Nairobi’s Lorna Ng’eno and Kinu Design Co. There’s is a statement of fashion and functionality- a splash of extra-ness to the everyday items that you might have never thought to twist up into something spectacular.
Want a crazy twist on shoelaces? Kinu is where to look first. Reading something, procrastinating on finishing it, and want something splashy to catch your eye to remind you reading will help your mental anguish during times of lock down? Kinu has incredible book marks. Power just got cut and you can’t go outside for fresh air? Kinu has some of swaggiest hand-held fans you could want.
Kinu Design Co was started in 2013. The company is based in Nairobi and focuses on sustainable design, using recycled materials to create its products and in doing so, supporting other small businesses in the region that produce paper and fabric waste by purchasing and repurposing this waste.
If you’re looking to come back out of the lockdown malaise with a bit of a new twist on what you rock everyday- we highly recommend looking up Kinu Design Co. first and foremost.
If you want to grab your collection in person when we are once again allowed to vaguely enjoy our lives- look no further than the WLL library, you can always find items from Kinu Design (and often Lorna herself) there.
Look them up!