May 20, 2013

African-Inspired Fashion


Milbert Kiggundu-Bentham’s new African-inspired clothing line gives back to needy African communities

By New York Family


Milbert Kiggundu-Bentham drew inspiration from her sarong-wearing childhood in Kenya to create the new children’s brand Kalulu Kids—a vibrant line of striped dresses, tunics, and jeans that combines East African culture with NYC wearability. “The kikoy fabric has been woven over hundreds of years, worn originally by fisherman on the beach,” she says. “I just wanted to find a way to get it to my kids.” This NYC mom holds a finance degree and started Kalulu Kids as a side project. Now, with her clothing in NYC stores like Picnic, Acorn, and Shoofly, Kiggundu-Bentham is giving back to the African communities that inspired her work. Kalulu’s partnership with non-profit SCALEAfrica allows for 5% of the proceeds from trunk show sales to go toward helping build schools. kalulukids.com

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