This Ghanaian brand was founded with the aim to introduce hand woven bags to the world, using ecologically harvested raffia while empowering local female artisans in Northern Ghana by creating sustainable jobs in this region. Each vibrantly woven bag is unique due to the fact that these bags are handmade to ensure a high level of quality that cannot be achieved by machinery.
With their vibrant colours, these bags are perfect for your spring/summer wardrobe. Our current favourite is the the Vea square bag.
Shop at aaksonline.com.
Zashadu has been a hit amongst the stylish Nigerian ladies due to its functional construction using tannery and leather dying skills passed down from Northern Nigeria. Designer, Zainab Ashadu produces beautiful handbags of various exotic leathers, with celebrity clientele of everyone from designer Lisa Folawiyo and Jennifer Obayuwana, to actor and TV girl, Marcy Dolapo Oni.
Last year, we loved her collaboration with Maki Oh. She recently launched her flagship store in Lagos and we are excited to see what she has in store for us in 2017!
Shop at zashadu.com.
This South African brand combines exceptional quality and craftsmanship with an international, yet uniquely African look and feel. Having earned the Butterfly Mark due to their commitment to using 100% ethical and traceable materials including horns, labels, leathers, linings and packaging made and sourced in South Africa, Okapi is one of South African’s best exports with stockists in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
Shop at okapi.com.
Ethically producing 100% hand crafted bags in Nigeria from start to finish, the eponymous brand is a testimony to the fact that ‘African made’ can be luxurious and yet take on African shapes such as with the Ola talking drum bag. With its distinctive leather button closure and use of exotic leathers, Okiki Marinho is definitely one to look out for on the accessories scene.
Shop at okikimarinho.com.
Inspired by African craftsmanship and urban living, Bush Princess was birthed in 2009 as a socially ethical brand that supports ethical and sustainable sourcing, production and design. Their handbags are made with the softest of leathers, including brass work by local artisans in Nairobi and beadwork of Maasai women.
These luxurious handbags come in a variety of earth tone rich hues of the African plains. These beautiful bags have earned features in publications such as British Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.
Shop at bushprincess.com.