Harvey Mitchell : How Kubwa Collective Became My Version of Protest

Fashion designer, Harvey Mitchell, launched his clothing line on Juneteenth to celebrate the importance of educating others about African history. Kubwa means greatest. With his collection, he wants to instill pride in the African heritage and aspire to greatness.

How did the idea for your collection come about?

During the whole movement, I went to the different stages of grief. I didn’t know how I should protest. I knew I wanted to embrace my African heritage and educate others with Africa’s history. I guess my way of protesting is through creating the collection.

Shop more at Kubwa Collective

Kubwa collective currently sells African themed designs and patterns on t-shirts, hats, socks, dashikis, and pieces of jewelry. He features the kente pattern on his designs, hoping that the complexity and precision will be appreciated by many.

“I want to portray the pride of the African community. I want to create a movement.”

What motivates you?

Seeing the engagement with people, growing something, and knowing that it will uplift other people. Investing in the community center, delivering foods, and building a sustainable community.

What one piece of advice would you give yourself (if you could) at the beginning of your journey?

Stay Hungry, surround yourself with people who are also successful and grow. Set a goal, Plan in out, and execute! 

“Communication is imperative to building successful relationships and partnerships.”

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?

Alway’s treat people how you wish to be treated. I believe in Karma, so what energy you put into people, I know you will receive back. I’m also a Reiki Master.

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