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Taunina

A luxury lifestyle brand synonymous with social impact and timeless artistry. Gifts with soul, gifts that change the world.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Lifestyle
  • Location Zastron Road, Cape Town, WC, South Africa
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2011
  • Employees 20
  • Website taunina.com

Company Summary

Representing the intersection of art, commerce, and social consciousness, Taunina employs women from disadvantaged communities in South Africa and soon Brazil to design and create heirloom-quality one-of-a-kind soft toy collectibles, home decor, and fashion accessories. Taunina's collections are sold through taunina.com, Barneys New York, and Selfridges in London, meeting the needs of the luxury consumer looking to make a difference.

Team

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    Tracey Chiappini-Young
    Co-Founder and CEO

    Tracey is a born-and-bred Capetonian with significant education and experience in finance, fashion, and social empowerment and a passion for bringing them together to make a difference through Taunina. 2011 TRIUM Exec MBA (LSE, HEC, NYU); 2001 CFA; 1996 AD Fashion Institute of Tech.; 1994 BS Business Cape Town University; 2003 founded How2Help (h2h.info); current Board appointments Mr. Price Group, TSIBA Education Fund. Dual citizen SA / Ireland.

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    Karen Jansen
    Co-Founder and COO

    Born in the USA to a Brazilian mother and German father, Karen credits her multi-cultural upbringing for sowing the seeds of Taunina in her heart at an early age. 10 years in mgmt consulting worldwide; 2011 TRIUM Exec MBA (LSE, HEC, NYU); 2001 BS Business and BA French Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1999 Université Paul Valèry (France), Six Sigma certified; conversationally fluent in French and Portuguese. Dual citizen USA / Brazil.

Advisors

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    Belinda Palmer, Commercial Lawyer
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed
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    Grant Thornton - Walt White, International Tax Services
    Accountant
    Unconfirmed

Previous Investors

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    Tracey Chiappini-Young
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    Karen Jansen
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    Valery Rogalskiy
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