Glob­ally hand­made

NKUKU’S ETH­I­CALLY SOURCED HOME AND LIFE­STYLE PROD­UCTS ARE ALL HAND­CRAFTED BY TAL­ENTED AR­TI­SANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Trav­el­ling can in­spire some big de­ci­sions – a job change, get­ting mar­ried, mov­ing home. For Alex and Ali Cooke, a year over­seas prompted a se­ri­ous busi­ness re­think. The re­sult is Nkuku, their eth­i­cal home­wares com­pany – the name comes from a hut they saw in Zam­bia. Wher­ever they trav­elled, they came across bril­liant crafts­peo­ple, and dis­cov­ered tra­di­tional skills and beau­ti­ful prod­ucts. So they made it their mis­sion to find a wider au­di­ence for these tal­ents, and moved out of Lon­don and set up home (and shop) in Devon. “From the start an eth­i­cal ap­proach was key,” says Alex. “It’s the rea­son we set up the busi­ness. We work with nat­u­ral and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, which shapes many of our col­lec­tions. Over the years, we’ve built long-last­ing friend­ships with the ar­ti­sans we work with.”

IT BE­GAN WITH JOUR­NALS

Nkuku started with ex­quis­ite leather jour­nals, which are still avail­able to­day, but the col­lec­tion has grown and now in­cludes gifts, dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories, table­ware, fur­ni­ture, light­ing and more – all hand­made, all eth­i­cally sourced. Their team and prod­ucts may have grown, but they still have the same hands-on ap­proach, meet­ing and work­ing with all of their ar­ti­sans per­son­ally. Should you find your­self in Devon, the flag­ship store and café is at Brock­hill Barns in Totnes, or dis­cover the full col­lec­tion on­line at nkuku.com.

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