Designer Lungi Sokulu specialized in upcycling newspaper into beautiful handmade accessories, attended the Export Readiness training of Lydia Connect. After Lungi presented her products to Lydia Trade, we selected her brand and decided to connect her to the European market. The tagline of Headlines is ‘News worth wearing’ and that is true in many ways. A Headlines item has many stories woven into its creation.
Lungi grew up in a small village in KwaZulu-Natal and from early on she experienced that life was very much about sharing and caring. Since her family was the only one in the neighborhood with a telephone and car, they self-evidently helped people out if there was sickness or an emergency. Now an adult herself, Lungi involves vulnerable groups into her business based in Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Headlines provides and develops different training programs to give people an earning.
In Alexandra, 12 people are trained by Headlines on rolling and making buttons. These people are dependent on a feeding scheme for the elderly and through this training the hand-out can be changed in a healthy exchange program. Another group that is trained lives at an orphanage at Kempton Park, Johannesburg. In Orange Farm a group of unemployed mothers has been trained. Each group is trained with the same objective in mind, replacing the hand-out program by teaching skills and techniques to make them self-sustainable.
Headlines is also involved in providing therapeutic support to children with autism.
Lungi developed a program for JHB School for Autism. As a form of therapy students roll newspaper sticks that are bought and used by Headlines. Besides that, she is involved in developing products and programs for employment after they finish school.
‘News worth wearing’
From sling bags to earrings, Headlines are 100% recycled, carefully crafted, high quality products. The lining has been made from offcuts generously donated by Sari for Change and leather offcuts are used for the finishing. All products are treated with a 100% biodegradable varnish, giving the product a water resistant layer. Combining traditional Zulu weaving techniques with modern materials makes each item beautifully unique.
‘Proud seller of Headlines products’
Congratulations! Did you see the comma in the Headlines logo? You bought a comma in a story of life, hope and future for our ‘Headliners’ and their communities. Your comma gives a second life to the material that is used and it grows the story of Headlines into a global story. Today, as much as global economic presence is the only way forward for Africa, accessing the global market is very difficult for African manufacturers and designers. Through your orders you are also part of a story that revolutionizes international trade by creating equal access for businesses regardless of the continent they come from.
Thank you for your ‘comma’, you help us to continue stories of hope!
Contact us about Headlines
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Markenhaven 49, 3826AC, Amersfoort, The Netherlands