Homegrown in Los Angeles, with parental roots in both Nigeria and Zambia [Africa], sisters, Kay and Bo are second-generation owners of KUTULA by Africana, LA’s premiere and most recognized authentic, African-inspired fashion retailer.
Originally named ‘Africana Imports’ in 1971 by their parents Tony and Francesca, the retail brand has been a permanent mainstay in the Los Angeles community for more than 45 years.
Fast forward to 2014 when Kay + Bo were inspired to infuse a new vitality into the brand by renaming the business KUTULA (which means ‘to leap forward’), taking over the reins of the business, thereby cementing the continuation of their family legacy. Prior to stepping into KUTULA as co-CEOs, Kay + Bo previously held long-standing executive positions in corporate pr and business development, respectively, in D.C. and New York, NY.
Together, this dynamic duo has injected new vision and modern style to the brick-and-mortar concept, crossing cultural borders and boundaries to appeal to an ever-growing audience, along with new generations that now flock to KUTULA from near and wide.
KUTULA's legacy continues to reach near and far, most recently for their contributions to the authentic costumes in the iconic, record-breaking film, Marvel's BLACK PANTHER (2018) as well as 2016's #1 grossing film Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: Civil War. In addition to providing designs for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘All the Stars’ official music video for the film, Kay + Bo have also had the pleasure of providing red carpet looks for some of the film’s stars and studio execs for the highly-anticipated purple carpet world premiere of BLACK PANTHER.
KUTULA has recently been featured in top-trending news features on NPR and their products have been featured in People Magazine, In Style, Essence, and Vogue to name a few.
KUTULA's flagship boutique is located in LA's View Park-Windsor Hills and their retail store has served as the backdrop for several major motion pictures and television shows.