After parting ways with Indalo Décor earlier this year, Gubeka has re-entered the market with a new collection and online store under the name Inga Atelier.
Eastern Cape-born Inga Gubeka is known for his innovative wood and leather accessories in designs that fuse technology with functionality. 5 years, a few collections and 1 rebrand later, Inga’s returned with a 7 piece black leather collection in his minimal, functional style. After a debut at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, Inga’s new range is headed to the Dubai Leather Fair in February 2018 and the Japan Fashion Fair in October 2018.
What inspired the collection and when did it launch?
The collection is named after the Mpondomise, a small ethnic group in the Eastern Cape near Umthatha. It launched earlier this month at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. The collection is manufactured in Johannesburg in our Atelier. This time around, I used high-grade leather from cow skin.
What are your thoughts on sustainability? Is the local market supporting sustainable brands enough?
It’s always good to preserve nature but at the same time when applying this to products, it becomes tricky to come up with a good, accessible product using the sustainability approach. The market is definitely supporting sustainable brands with an eco-friendly approach, like using super leather (which is synthetic leather). But a large number of consumers still prefer genuine leather from the actual animal skin.