Betu Kumesu is the founder, CEO and creative director of Kumesu, a luxury eco-conscious brand. She agreed to answer our questionnaire “à la Proust”.

My name is Tshiongo Wiederkehr, Bampangila Betu Kumesu. I am the youngest of a family of ten children. I was born in Kinshasa, where I lived until I was 13. After studying Management and a Master in Business Administration in Lausanne, I joined Deloitte in Geneva in 2003, where I worked as an analyst for ten years, while developing a particular interest in fashion. I decided to launch my own business in 2015 by creating Kumesu Leather which is a luxury bag brand. This was the beginning of an exhilarating journey in which we have since developed a beautiful collection of handbags.

Photos : Marc Ninghetto

On vacation, are you more city, beach or nature oriented ?
City! I like to feel the vibe of a city. The architecture, the monuments, the restaurants and sometimes just sitting on a terrace and watching the passers-by.

A 3 words definition of “travelling”
Adventure, culinary discovery, rest.

Your dream journey
By train, from Cape Town to Victoria Falls on the Rovos rail.

A favorite place
My terrace

A hotel
Franschhoek Manor, in Cape Town, South Africa

The best restaurant in the world
Domaine de Châteauvieux in Penney-Dessus

On an island what would you take with you ?
My bible, a notebook, sunglasses and a lip gloss.

A trip back in time
Relive the year 2012

Your last trip
Porto in October 2021 for our participation in Portugal Fashion week, a project initiated by Afrexim Bank. 20 African luxury brands were present. Kumesu presented its latest collection Kkowrie, to be discovered exclusively on our website

Your next trip

What would you ask if the answer was « yes »?
To be able to create the most beautiful luxury bag in the world