le2 designs originates from the word gugulethu which is the middle name of the founder, given nkuna (28). lethu (le2) means 'ours' and gugu means 'pride.' given founded le2 designs in 2007.
given worked in a factory for a while after high school and also had a small business playing music at parties, supporting his two younger sisters in the process. he did a government sponsored learnership in 2005 that introduced him to craft, design, exhibition management and the principles of managing a business.
le2 designs specialises in felt making and creates colourful, quirky products such as handbags, hats, scarves and jewellery. given is also involved with artist proof studio, where he facilitates outreach programmes to young artists. he also did a programme in 2007 to train 25 people in felting skills and he manages the monthly Zasekhaya craft market in newtown, johannesburg.
given is dedicated to growing le2 designs , but is just as passionate about starting more projects that will help communities to create their own employment, as is apparent from his other activities.