Meet the designer

Mutayo has been designing handbags for over a decade. She was born in Austin Texas, and spent her early years there before moving to Nigeria for primary and secondary school. It was while she was in Nigeria that she discovered her passion and love for fashion. After school she would head to her auntie's shop till her mom got back from work. Her aunty was a tailor and Mutayo would watch her sew so many different items ranging from dresses, to shirts and pants, but her favorite to watch were handbags. Mutayo quickly picked up the skill of fashion designing from this. At age 16 Mutayo and her family moved back to the US. She completed her remaining two years of Highschool then started college. In college Mutayo Studied computer science because she was fascinated about how much design and skill goes into it. In her words, "In many ways it felt similar to fashion design". She later also took a few fashion courses to perfect her skill in that area as well. 

Although Mutayo has been in fashion for over a decade, it was a single moment that made her realize she wanted to start her own fashion brand. She was on vacation to Italy, and during her visit she went to an Italian handbag designer to learn about craftsmanship. Italy is known for their high quality material and neat craftsmanship. It was then she realized that there are a lot of Eurocentric mainstream designs but rarely any Afrocentric ones. Recognizing this divide gave her that extra push to start this extraordinary brand. One thing that differentiates Mutayo from other designers is that there are little to no high-end African designer bags.

There is a market and room for multiple ideas, visions, and perspectives when it comes to handbag designs, but it has become one-sided due to the lack of diversity. Knowing there were so few authentic African-style luxury handbags out there, Mutayo stepped into the game. Today, she continues to imbue her creativity and passion for design into her unique handbags

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

-Coco Chanel