I am in love with Okapi. 100% of their bags are made and sourced in South Africa, making Okapi the first authentic African luxury brand. It was founded by South African painter Hanneli Rupert in 2008. She wanted to create a locally produced range of products that would combine exceptional quality and craftsmanship with an international yet uniquely African look and feel. Okapi is named after the elusive antelope otherwise know as the “African Unicorn.” It was discovered at the turn of the century in the anthropological era of African exploration. The brand takes influence from an Art Nouveau aesthetic, magic, mysticism and reverence to nature.
This design code comes to life in the products which aim to be understated and timeless with form following function, whilst also unique and exotic with details such as the Springbok horns to make them stand out. Their vision: To produce luxurious, artisanal handbags and accessories entirely handmade in South Africa from locally sourced materials. Who does not love this simple approach to creating honest and sustainable job opportunities and skills growth locally in sub-Saharan Africa.
But the best part, Okapi products are luxurious and unique. They are built to last a lifetime and designed to grow with their owner in meaning and character over time. The people behind Okapi do not believe in fast fashion but in owning carefully selected pieces, which you will be able to customise and add on to over time. Now that’s an African fashion, made in Africa item worth celebrating.