Mothers & Daughters in Design (Part 3): One of Each

Meet Pauline and Tamburai, the mother and daughter duo and creators of African-inspired, one-of-a-kind handbags.

One of Each focusses on creating accessories that are unique to the people who buy them. “We like to make products for a specific person,” says daughter Tamburai Chirume.

We never have two bags that look the same; our brand only does one-of-a-kind products.

Using leather and ethnic-printed material, their handbags are more than accessories – they are pieces of art. The materials are sourced from across Africa before the handbags are designed and produced in the studio in Cape Town.   

Pauline Chirume works more on the creative side of things while Tamburai works on the styling and marketing of the accessories. “My mom is a very creative person. She doesn’t like dealing with a lot of people, but I like doing that,” explains Pauline. Her mother feels the same and says that the best part about working with her daughter is that Tamburai deals with the customers and helps her understand all the paperwork that goes along with owning a business. 

In many African cultures, the bond between a mother and her daughter is very important. Pauline and Tamburai feel that their work pays homage to this bond through their personal closeness and also through the creation of truly African products.   

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