THE URBANATIVE

“We tell stories inspired by the culture, history and heritage of Africa through design.”

Mpho Vackier launched her brand, TheUrbanNative, in 2017 with a single goal in mind: to tell stories inspired by African culture, history and heritage through product and furniture design. Each item designed and manufactured on South African soil blends distinctive culturally inspired textiles with modern design. The award-winning contemporary brand regularly explores the link between culture and cultural representations and visibility in the modern world with end-users in mind. The result? Creative, multifunctional design solutions that spark conversations and tell contemporary African stories through design.

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This brand empowers women by advocating for women leadership and creating a safe and fair work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
This brand works with highly skilled craftspeople, providing them with economic support while keeping ancient craft traditions alive. We select these brands based on their commitment to design, cultural preservation, social enterprise and community support.
This brand supports efforts to preserve ancient techniques and art forms with heritage craftsmanship using sustainable materials. It works directly with skilled multi-generational local artisans and craftspeople who produce culturally representative goods.

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