Africa to the World: A Pan-African Fashion Label Urban Zulu Expands Globally
Johannesburg, 13 April 2022: From dropping out of university owing to a lack of cash to learning how to use a hand needle, he’s done it all.
Papy Kaluw, the founder of Urban Zulu, claims he hasn’t stopped using his sewing machine nearly two decades later.
Urban Zulu is being taken around the world by Kaluw, Nubian Hueman, a modern boutique offering African fashion situated in Washington, DC, has teamed with the Pan African clothing company.
“The origins of Urban Zulu have always been about African people coming together,” Kaluw explains.
“This cooperation allows Africans and anyone with African ancestry to experience Urban Zulu and be unified through garments, no matter where they are,” he says.
Urban Zulu will be able to open a store and have a physical presence in Washington, D.C. as a result of the agreement.
That’s not all, though.
The collaboration between Urban Zulu and Nubian Hueman is only the beginning of the brand’s global fashion journey.
In the United States, Urban Zulu intends to open a number of pop-up shops.
On Tuesday, April 12th, 2022, the first pop-up store opened in the heart of Manhattan, New York City.
Urban Zulu now has physical stores in Johannesburg as well as a number of stockists in South Africa.
Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Botswana all have representatives for the brand.
It is not a novel idea to open a store in the United States.
Kaluw had a plan in place, but it had to be put on hold owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Prior to Covid, we had just returned from the United States, where we had secured a location to sell, and that was intended to be 2020 – we were scheduled to begin in April 2020, and then we had other bigger plans in South Africa.” But then there was certainly lockdown.”
Kaluw says he’s just relieved that his company has survived the coronavirus outbreak.
And he is excited to continue on his mission to bring Africans from all over the world together.
About Urban Zulu:
Urban Zulu is an Afrocentric fashion brand that specializes in ready-to-wear, as well as bespoke apparel and accessory creations.
The name Urban Zulu encapsulates the concept of Urban Heaven. Urban Zulu shows the balance between higher ideals of love and togetherness and practical utility, inspired by the spiritual and connected to the beauty and texture of the physical.
The brand’s “Urban” element alludes to the fast-paced lifestyle demands of modern existence.
Content courtesy of Urban Zulu & NFH