Simphiwe Mbangi is a fashion entrepreneur running a bold one-man business, Bundu Hide.
In 2017, he was involved in an accident that laid him low for six months. He has recovered and is now forging ahead to make a success of his business.
Bundu Hide was born from Mbangi’s observation that there were no stores selling laptop bags by local designers. After he researched the possible market for his creations, he began to learn the craft of creating denim bags.
“In early 2016, I bought my first industrial machine,” he says Mbangi. “I then got a local tailor, George, to show me what the fundamentals are on how to thread. It was a two-day crash course and after that he left me to my own devices.”
With the added help of online videos, Mbangi was well on the way to creating authentically South African bags.