About Us


To change the negative morality that reigns in the fashion industry. Out with the ‘me, myself and I’ attitude; Ubuntu Fashion celebrates ‘You, Me and Us’. For Ubuntu Fashion, fashion is inclusive and diverse.

Why Ubuntu?
The word ‘Ubuntu’, is derived from a Zulu phrase ‘Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’, meaning ‘a person is a person through other people’. Life, would not be life if it wasn’t for the existence of somebody to your left and somebody to your right. The founders being Christians, could relate to this belief, and are advocates for ‘love your neighbour, as you love yourself’ – Matthew 22.39.

Jemima Kakpa and Melanie Onassis Lema are partners in ‘Ubuntu Fashion’, The Company is based in Southampton and was first founded in April 2012. Both had a deep passion for cultural fashion and soon after began the journey of designing, manufacturing and selling culturally inspired fashion accessories. The immediate influence in Ubuntu was that of East meets West.

Our Products:
We currently produce accessories including earrings, necklaces, handbags for Women and will be adding Men’s accessories to our collections. Home ware items are also included in our unique range of products. Our products are skilfully handmade by skilled artisans in Africa. The label ‘Made in Africa’, has never been so hot! Both Melanie and Jemima are involved in the designing process during the production stage. Materials used to produce the collections include print fabrics, faux, wood and beads.