“Urban culture-loving writer, journalist, accessory designer, and African shoes and clutch creator” is just the start of how we could describe Maria McCloy. Since 1997, she has been based in Johannesburg. She became the creator and head designer for her company Maria McCloy Accessories, which launched in 2012.
McCloy’s accessories, which are inspired by the colourful lifestyles of residents in Johannesburg, include shoes, jewellery, and clutches. She describes her brand concept and aesthetic as straightforward as African, because to her, “Africa” is not a phase, it is a timeless style that is just as important as the culture it was inspired by.