Minku on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce

TRICK OR TREAT

Written by Kunmi on October 30, 2016.

The Dariji is a Minku bucket back with an exciting juxtaposition of unusual textures, vibrant hues, and this mini size, sealed with an almost impractical drawstring closure.

In the spirit of Halloween, a few tricks for wearing it:

1) Re-tie its hand-rolled tie straps to suit cross-body or shoulder length.

2) Wear it as a cross-body bag for daytime or evening.

3) Tuck its lambskin interior out a bit, for a fur-trimmed look inspired by your favorite 19th-century Russian literary character (I'll go with Anna!).

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TILEHIN

Written by Kunmi on August 8, 2016.

Tilehin means to offer support to, and for the bags in the Fall/Winter 2017-18 collection, I wanted to explore loving and supportive actions: palerin (make [another] laugh), wosan (heal or nurse back to health), dariji (forgive), korin (sing to), and more. Yes, guilty of all, as charged :-) You can start to see the collection, like the pictured Wosan bag.

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What's popping this Saturday

Written by Kunmi on April 7, 2016.

You're invited to our pop-up store on Saturday April 9. It will be from 1pm to 10pm at Stranger in Lagos. Don't live in Lagos? We are offering free shipping on all orders placed on April 9 and 10 (code on our home page).

REBELLION

Written by Kunmi on March 18, 2016.

For the new collection, I extended my work with vegetable-tanned leather to include bags. A close look at the bags reveals a rebellion against the rigidity of vegetable-tanned leather [Share on twitter]: a fuchsia gourd/bag that starts off as a pyramid tapers out to something less definite. A deep brown satchel-style backpack has twisty lines and atypical proportions.

I've also made our first pair of slouch-fit trousers constructed strip by strip from aso-oke fabric. Look out for new bracelets in mid-April.


BIRDS

Written by Kunmi on February 27, 2016.

I'm working on the new collection and it's inspired by birds. Okin (peacock), pepeye (duck), lekeleke (white egret, which my sister and I used to sing "lekeleke gba mi leke..." to, whenever we saw them in the skies in Apapa)... Soon we'll have the full collection up. So far, the Pepeye bag is here.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Written by Kunmi on November 26, 2015.

Our Alagbede notebooks -- with their vegetable-tanned leather covers, rustic gift-wrapping, and exotic papers (made from banana tree parts; imported from Nepal or India or Japan...), will be sure to delight everyone on your gift list.

And from now until Saturday November 28, we are offering complimentary name engraving on them.

LADY SINGS THE BLUES

Written by Kunmi on October 11, 2015.

Advantages of vegetable tanning include less water needed for the tanning process and less chemicals released into the environment.

Not to mention the delectable matte surface owners of vegetable-tanned leather products get to enjoy. Get on the bus. Available in six colours. [Tell us your favourite].[Share on twitter]


Rules to live by

Written by Kunmi on Sept 28, 2015.

I do a happy dance each time someone receives their Minku bag and reports on how soft it is to the touch.

What many people don't know is that each leather used in our atelier is carefully selected and then plied to give it a tactile sensation that will make you want to pat your bag on the back for no reason at all during the day [Quick example].[Share on twitter].

Dune and Desert

Written by Kunmi on Sept 20, 2015.

What has the summer been like? It has included creating a set that evokes the Saharan desert landscape. It has involved taking pictures of a model in said landscape.

She has happened to be clothed in an aso-oke top made in our atelier, and in proximity to a Minku bag in each of the photos [Full lookbook].[Share on twitter].


Minku at the Commonwealth's virtual currencies working group in London

Written by Kunmi on August 23, 2015.

Our founder addressed the Commonwealth's Virtual Currencies Working Group on our use of bitcoin as a merchant. The venue was the Marlborough House in London.

You may read more about our current views on digital currencies here and here. We continue to accept bitcoin among other payment menthods, for all purchases made via our e-store.


A new dawn for blogging

Written by Kunmi on Sept 18, 2015.

Tired of using the branded themes of other establishments, we will now be blogging in our own space. It will be a minimalist process, one focussed on the message and, where applicable, a simple image that drives it home.

There will be external links. Welcome to the new face of blogging at Minku.