The project holder
Stuart Holding founded the Mungo company in 1998. He learns the whole process of weaving during the industrial revolution. For him, the quality of the products is essential. Today the company is run by his son Dex.
Dex is a 41-year-old South African who, like most young people in his region, left his country at the age of 19 for the United Kingdom. He wanted to travel, see the world and open himself up to new opportunities. After six months he realised that he had other ambitions than working in the fields.
So he worked as a carpenter between Europe and South Africa for 10 years. Eight years ago, he decided to return to South Africa for good. He then took over the family business alongside his father and sister.
The Genesis of the project
Mungo's philosophy was therefore born on the principle of unique product quality. Subsequently, Dex decided to redirect the brand towards a modern model in terms of sustainability and business. Today Mungo focuses on values it believes in for the environment and people.
In the textile sector, production is often of poor quality with poorly paid employees working in poor conditions. Mungo's project was to offer its textile a local, good quality and above all non-industrial production. The products offered by the company are woven by hand, they are made to last and not to be thrown away quickly.
Mungo is a company specialized in natural textiles and organic cotton weaving. It offers a wide range of products such as towels, sheets but also kitchen and bathroom equipment.
The aim of the brand is to offer high quality products while providing employment to local communities. Mungo works a lot on the subject of the circular economy and according to Dex, this is neither a strategy nor a decision, it is an obligation because when you own a company like Mungo, you have to act for the planet and for a better world .
Mungo now has four stores in South Africa and employs more than 80 people. Their products are exported all over the world, in Europe, America and Asia.
«We love what we do and that is why we do it good» Dex.
Mungo's customers do not necessarily buy the company's products because they use natural fibre and are environmentally friendly. They buy and like the brand because Mungo is unique in what it does.
They like to know where the products come from and how they are produced. They buy for quality and that's what they like. The warehouse in Plettenberg is open to everyone, everyone can come and observe the whole production process. Buying from Mungo is quite an experience.
For more information, please do not hesitate to consult Mungo's website!