This Ugandan Entrepreneur Is Making Bags Inspired by Street Fashion In New York

From the moment Sarah Nakintu decided to start her own line of handbags, she was crystal clear on her goals: to create functional bags that can handle anything from city errands to heavy air travel, and be carried from the streets of New York to a dinner on Madison Avenue.

With that in mind, she said goodbye to a full-time job in technology and dived head first into the world of fashion and leather goods. 

But that's not where the story begins. 

(Photo: Kintu New York)

(Photo: Kintu New York)

Before moving to New York, Sarah lived in Uganda, the country where she was born and raised. At the time, fashion to her meant designer denim sourced from the heaps of clothes that filled the stalls at Owino, Kampala's largest secondhand clothing market. 

By the time she migrated to NYC, her hobby for bargain hunting gave way to globetrotting, and she began her extensive travel around the world. 

Speaking to OkayAfrica, Nakintu stated;

"New York just opened my eyes so much”

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(Photo: Kintu New York)

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(Photo: Kintu New York)

During a trip to Italy, she met highly-skilled artisans whose communities were on the verge of disappearing. Her drive to help preserve their craftsmanship and encourage their youth to sustain the family traditions served as the final affirmation for her brand. 

Launched in 2015, Kintu, fondly named after her father, is a line of high-quality leather goods that is co-developed with global artisans, represents modern Africa, and inspired by global experiences and the street fashion of New York City.

"We always say that when you visit Africa, you take a piece of it with you. I love that you can take a piece of Africa with you in our Safari animal print bag."

To find more styles and shop Kintu New York, visit the website.

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(Photo: Kintu New York)

Photo: Kintu New York

(Photo: Kintu New York)

Photo: Kintu New York

(Photo: Kintu New York)

Photo: Kintu New York

(Photo: Kintu New York)

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