Inga Gubeka is only in his twenties, but the designer and founder of Indalo Décor is already the brainchild behind South Africa’s game changing wooden accessories. He was born in Eastern Cape, South Africa, studied interior design and is popularly known for his avant-garde wooden and leather accessories in designs that amalgamate technology with functionality.
About Indalo Décor
According to Gubeka, “Indalo” means “nature” in Zulu and he named his company after his son who bears “Ndalo”. As the name implies, all the products produced by Indalo Décor are handmade with natural woods and leathers. Gubeka founded Indalo Décor in 2013. The company principally works from a studio in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. Indalo Décor manufactures a variation of products ranging from backpacks, purses, clutches, and phone accessories to décor items like clocks and lighting solutions.
Indalo Décor initially started off as an interior design company, but soon got transformed into a fashion-meets-Décor hybrid. Because of its unique variety of wooden products, Indalo Décor has become the envy of stylists all over the world. Indalo Décor designed the R80,000 (£4635) Glenfiddich whiskey bottle.
How Indalo Décor Originated
Gubeka wanted to break into the fashion industry by making products with materials that are easily accessible. He wanted to startup creation of distinctive items that would fascinate consumers who are used to a saturated market and append a spice that cannot be bought elsewhere. That was how the wood and leather mystery was born.
The creation of a product for a niche market comes with its own challenges. One of the major challenges Gubeka encountered and is still facing till date is that a big part of his market isn’t readily available throughout the year and this leads to a decline in sales during off seasons.
Honours And Achievements
Inga Gubeka in 2016 was one out of five South African Entrepreneurs to make the Forbes 30 under 30 list. At 28, he was named after the Glenfiddich whiskey bottle worth R80,000. This makes him the youngest South African to ever have a whiskey named after him.