mabu49 is a brand deeply rooted in its African cultural heritage. Born out of South Africa, Mabu is an eponym derived from the name of the mother of the designer. In Northern Sotho/Pedi (a South African language) the word means 'mother of the earth', which defines the mabu49 woman. She has unassuming strength, sensuality and effortless style. Whether in her career or supporting her family, she understands the invaluable role she plays in society.
The mabu49 brand aims to accentuate this woman's identity and compliment her lifestyle by creating a wearable aesthetic that appeals to a spectrum of women. By drawing inspiration from the history, arts, and traditions and customs of the African continent, synthesized with contemporary urban elements, mabu49 aspires to establish a place in this increasingly globalised world.
mabu49 was conceived and created by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene who is a South African costume and production designer based in New York City. She holds an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2016), and holds a Fashion Design qualification from Istituto Marangoni in London. Her experiences living in New York City and London, combined with her South African cultural heritage have afforded her with a unique design sensibility, and the ability to adapt to, and be flexible in, any working environment and culture. She also acquired a unique blend of a passion for creating combined with a pragmatic approach to design, as a result of her undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce Degree (majoring in Economics, Business Finance and Law) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa).
Ntokozo believes in the power of the imagination, and believes that films and theatre are the representation of the collaborative power of the imaginations of the crew involved. Subsequently she enjoys collaborating with artists of diverse backgrounds to create new and unique stories and perspectives. Her theatre and film work can be seen at www.fuzunina.com