Four years on, Minku continues to define a fresh sub-Saharan aesthetic through its subtle use of cultural elements and artisan approach to contemporary bagmaking.
Minku founder Kunmi was on a computer science research and consultancy path when she discovered her intense enjoyment of designing and creating everyday items.
She has a computer science masters from Virginia Tech, and a computer science bachelors degree from Howard University (summa cum laude). She was a technology intern at Goldman Sachs in NYC in the summers of 2003 and 2004, and an IT consultant with a consulting firm in the DC/Virginia area from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, she attended secondary school in Queen's College, Lagos, Nigeria. There, she won the Fine Arts prize every year.
Minku is a family-run limited liability company. Kunmi hand-makes each bag in the Minku line, working from her workshops in Barcelona and Lagos.
The Minku philosophy:
- There lies a unique beauty in things painstakingly handmade.
- Repurpose, reuse, and reduce waste (80% of our bag interiors are lined with repurposed items of Yoruba ceremonial dress - aso-oke and damask fabrics).
- Personalized design over masstige whenever possible.
The typical Minku loyalist:
- has a strong ability to respond with appreciation and excitement to everyday items made in an unusual way.
- appreciates the functionality of a well-made bag.