It all started in Hong Kong...
I was living in Hong Kong when the pandemic hit. Like everyone else around the world who was under lockdown, I suddenly found myself with a little more time. That 'free' time allowed me to start thinking about what my part was in the social justice movement for anti-blackness that was taking place across the world.
Thus the store, which was started and inspired by the BLM movement, Nxiba-Oku (Wear This) was born. Nxiba-Oku was created with an aim to share my black lived experiences through everyday clothing and accessories.
The clothes and fashion accessories in the store are there to interrogate what blackness is and how it is represented in our everyday life. It's meant to encourage both women and men to proudly wear and share their blackness in a world that insists on making them small and unheard. This store is here to celebrate our history, our culture and all things black.
Nxiba-Oku strives to express 'blackness' in a dope and creative way, while tying in (South) African roots . As owner of this store, I'm grateful that I not only get to share my products with you, but that you walk away with a bit of knowledge on my cultures (Zulu & Xhosa) as well. So thank you for popping in and supporting my small business.