Before she launched her brand, she was a high school teacher and taught herself how to make clothes. She finds joy in fusing her culture’s traditional elements with a more unexpected design aesthetic. One of those traditions is sustainability; Gaykamangu says she was always taught to respect the earth. Pieces in her latest collection, called “241: The Contrast,” are made from Repreve, a recycled fiber made from plastic bottles. (The packaging is also 100% compostable.) Most of the designs are reversible as well, encouraging her customers to buy less, re-wear more.