The popular colourful fabrics from East Africa, the kanga forms the basis for Tandi dresses. A kanga is a lightweight cloth known for its bold designs and the Swahili proverbs, which can be messages of caution, love, or acts of self-expression. We offer the customer dresses that have messages in the fabric that is bold and empowering to all women, allowing our demographic to wear their emotions. The Swahili message in the dresses is a new concept to the western market, we deliver a premium product that is new and unique. Just like many people who live in a city but have heritage that hails from elsewhere. Tandi dresses derived from East Africa but born in London
As part of the global efforts set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Tandi takes part in goal number 3 to end the epidemic of Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. Our efforts go specifically towards reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. 10% of profits go towards this cause.
Clothing will remain robust with growth of 16.6% expected over the next five years compared to 12.7% over the previous. Fashion remains a major UK employer, with 890,000 jobs supported across the industry, making it almost as big as the financial sector. Cision® According to a survey with over 3,000 millennial respondents from the US, France, Italy and China, millennials drove 85 % of the luxury goods sector’s growth last year. UBS
In 6 months we have invested £20,000, covered; consultancy fees, product design and development, tested suppliers and manufacturers both overseas and in the UK, covered marketing and operating fees, sold out of 1st line, Kings Road boutique placed test order and have an online 9k following.
The founder; Thandi created a music festival in Mombasa, Kenya. A budget of $1.5million was raised to produce #MombasaRocks”. The premises of doing the festival in Kenya was to tap into music tourism. Additionally, she helped raise awareness for HIV/AIDS by setting up testing carts during the festival.
Thandi moved to Kenya in 2016 to create a start up business, as a result she is experienced in conducting business in this region from concept to completion. This includes global brand partnerships, raising funds, managing budgets and ensuring the business is profitable and efficiently executed. Thandi has lived in London, Paris, NYC, Dubai and Nairobi therefore understands the different markets. Thandi is currently based in London.
"The idea goes back to my childhood and growing up in awe of my mother's beauty. She spent her childhood in kenya. Her style was influenced by East African colours and tradition, but she wore it in her own individual western way. She brought to London the popular colourful fabrics from East Africa, the kanga forms the basis for my design. The kanga is made solely for, and worn only by women"