[Image credits: Okapi]
May/June this year saw South African luxury concept boutique, Merchants on Long pop up in London at The Shop at Bluebird. I was away during that time and just missed it, however, those who visited were treated to some of the African continent’s established and emerging fashion brands including Lalesso, SAWA, MaxHosa by Laduma, Bantu and Okapi. Okapi is a luxury handbag line produced in South Africa by Hanneli Rupert, the founder of Merchants on Long.
Launched in 2012, Okapi is named after the Central African Antelope; a solitary, elusive creature once believed to be mythical, and is often referred to as the ‘African Unicorn’. This air of mystery and the thrill of discovery is what defines the Okapi brand. Placing an emphasis on artisanal craftsmanship, Okapi produces handcrafted handbag and accessories collections made with leathers including suede and ostrich, and come in evocatively named colours like cocoa and cognac. Okapi’s creations also feature detailing like 18-carat gold hardware and Springbok horns for a unique touch. I, however, was taken with the combination of traditional basket weaving in vivid colours and red ostrich leather to create a gorgeously stylish pouch bag; just the thing for the weekend chic.
For further information about Okapi and purchase enquiries visit: www.okapi.com