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Top Billing Features The Works Of Designer Inga Gubeka
Top Billing Visits Luxury Designer Inga Gubeka.
He has been called “One of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs” by Forbes magazine but Eastern Cape-born Inga Gubeka never set out to make money, but instead wanted to create products that are truly beautiful.
Inga is a man with the appreciation for the finer things in life so he was only too happy to invite Top Billing & Jade Hubner to talk all things style and to introduce us to one of his other passions.
Johannesburg’s most exclusive mall is world’s away from the humble beginnings of the Eastern Cape where Gubeka was born.
It was his desire, when he launched his his Inga Atelier boutique to create beautiful things and not just make money that got him to where he is today.
His products are high-end and his clients are no different. Clients such as Laduma Ngxokolo require special attention and this is how a top brand such as Inga Atelier works.
Inga Gubeka insists that even if he’s making money, he’s not the kind of man to sit in boardroom meetings all day, instead, he opts for the stimulation that comes with creating his luxurious products that have become so popular.
He has been exposed to a myriad of design styles from Durban where he was raised to Cape Town where he found success within his first business. The word Atelier in his brand name comes from the French word for workshop or studio and this reflects in his love for the hands-on process of creating his luxury pieces.
As mentioned before, Forbes handpicked this design mogul as one of Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs. This was due to his business insights into the world of design. Inga, for example, offers a customization service, personalising his products for customers at no extra cost.
However, Inga found success before with his first business endeavour - a brand of backpacks, clocks and lamps but he had to part ways due to creative differences but this didn’t deter him from pursuing his dream.
Not only is Inga passionate about creating bespoke pieces but he’s also an avid lover of whiskey tasting. This love for scotch was born when he was commissioned to design a new bottle for a world-renowned scotch.
Inga’s accolades taste even sweeter with his brand’s parent company being the brainchild of his friend Mxolisi Nene and his wife Michelle. It’s a hundred percent black-owned.
Inga has definitely cemented himself as one of Africa’s heavy hitters in the luxury design game and we look forward to seeing what this entrepreneur tackles next.