Made in Z-A was established in 2000 and has many years of experience in designing, manufacturing and exporting. In 2006 the company started mentoring the Izimbali Group of women from Soweto, South Africa – a self-help initiative creating employment for women.
The accessories and jewellery, created using old buttons, are specifically designed using low tech methods so that the women can work from home in their own time and thereby avoid an expensive and time consuming work commute. There are presently six women employed more or less on a full-time basis in the Izimbali Group. Several small studio manufacturers have, or are currently using the group to manufacture their products.
Made in Z-A has successfully marketed the products to the UK, US, Japan, and Switzerland. It has also taken the products to the Euro zone including Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brussels and Denmark, as well as other African countries including Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. The company also acts as an intermediate between small studio manufacturers and export clients to collate and expedite orders for the export market. The company has supplied products to international corporate buyers such as WIN international conferences based in Switzerland.
More recently, Made in Z-A has been working on collaboration with various designers such as Mano Christelis of Muzeum Creations and Deon de Lange, a well known photographer and past ceramic producer. It is currently developing a range of concrete jewellery.