Our Family

Main Artists

Briant Muhanji

Having been one of the very first artist to join Ocean Sole back in 2006, Braint brings a talented hand in the making our masterpieces especially our new collection BAHARI. His favourite to make, from the whale to octopus he loves making the new creations.

Charles Kimeu

As part of the Ocean Sole family for over 8 years, Charles joined us as once a wood carver from Eastern Kenya. Coming to Nairobi to find a better opportunity for himself, wife and 3 children, Charles has become one of our best artists who creates some of Ocean Sole’s many masterpieces. “My job brings me joy and a much better and happier opportunity for myself and my family, I love to carve and be creative. My favorite is the giraffe”.

Jonathan Lenato

“Everyday is different at Ocean Sole.Somedays I am working on a life-size Rhino that is going to a
corporate headquarters in Amsterdam and other days I am working in a prison teaching them carving skills. We have fun on the job. The company cares about the employees – they provide hot lunches everyday. Often it is the only meal I get a day with my other expenses. I am proud to save the environment and make things for people to enjoy.”

Raphael Kangutu

Trained in Gikomba, Kenya’s largest market, Raphael was once a wood artist who came to Ocean Sole and was trained to make new sculptures from up-cycled flip-flops! Supporting his own family – a wife and six children aged from 23 – 2 years, he also manages to pay school fees for his brother’s son who cannot afford to send his own children to school. Being of creature nature, Raphael came up with our Buffalo wall art which is now hugely popular!

Musembi Mulu

A talented wood man carpenter, Mulu came to Ocean Sole where he’s learnt the trade of flip-flop carving! Being an artist, his favourite part of the job is the finishing part where he can see how the product comes out and the details of the masterpiece. His favorite to make are the warthogs and hippos.

Erick Wandola

Originally a wood carver before joining Ocean Sole, knew that in his community it was destroying trees so much so that if he was still doing wood work, all the trees in that area would have been destroyed. Sadly with his wife passing on, he supports his two children, one son in form three and the other at university as well as supporting his parents. If it was wood work he was still doing, he would not have been able to financially support any of his family and certainly would not be able to afford university fees. Ocean Sole has been an eye opener, he now helps his community by collecting litters and burning them anytime he is in his rural home.

Bernard Munge

David Kaloki

Francis Muvau

Fred Learamo

James Kimeu

James Malelu

Joseph Ndolo

Munyao Mwnangangi

Mwania Mwangangi

Solomon Muthini

Stephen Mwendwa

Blockers

Ann Nzilani

Having been one of the very first artist to join Ocean Sole back in 2006, Braint brings a talented hand in the making our masterpieces especially our new collection BAHARI. His favourite to make, from the whale to octopus he loves making the new creations.

Caroline Obonyo

Esther Mutheu

Fredrick Kithinji

James Ouma

Kelvin Lwangu

Martha Nyambura

Philip Okwaro

Sole Shiners

Colleta Awino

Working her way up the Ocean Sole ladder, Colleta’s first job at Ocean Sole was receiving the raw materials (flip-flops), washing, sorting the good material by colour and then allocating the amount of flip-flops needed for each and every product. Colleta has recently started her training on how to block so continues to grow in the Ocean Sole Company.

Lucy Vusha

Having never work before joining Ocean Sole, Lucy was given a job after her husband passed away whilst working as a carver for the company. To continue to support her family after her husband passed, Lucy continues to make the slippers shine and be ready for distribution to the artist for each and every product!

Mary Kavindu

After working at a nightclub, she now hands a helping hand in cleaning and blocking at Ocean Sole. Being a single mum of two children, she is the sole provided, therefore another income she gets is by collecting plastic bottles which are then paid for by people visiting door to door for these plastics, these are taken to the industrial area and broken down into hard plastic.

The Bore’s

Idah-Marangu

George Maluni

Joe Mwakiremba

Having studied and lived in Florida for 13 years, Joe’s true passion is for Environmental Conservation. “There’s so much to do and so little time” this is his motto. “I have no shame in my game – i will convince you to spend your hard earned dollars towards conservation!”

Katie Carnelley

Returning to Kenya after 10 years away studying and travelling, Katie joined the Ocean Sole team on a whim after meeting a friend of friend who introduced her to Erin. Coming on as a consultant and ending up loving the Ocean Sole concept, team and job, she now is a full time member of the Ocean Sole family.