The ethos behind Okapi is to produce luxurious, artisinal accessories handmade entirely in Africa from locally sourced materials. At Okapi we strive for exceptional quality and an understated, timeless appeal whilst simultaneously creating sustainable job opportunities and skills growth on the continent.
Sourced in africa Every element of an Okapi bag is entirely traceable, sustainable and ethically sourced. 100% of the chains, horns, labels, leathers, lining and packaging is made and sourced in Southern Africa. All photography and production is also done locally.
Okapi bags take inspiration from the unique beauty of Africa and are designed to last a lifetime. We do not believe in fast fashion, but rather in owning carefully selected pieces which you will be able to customise and add on to over time. An Okapi bag is designed to grow with its owner in meaning and character over time.
The brand was conceptualised by its South African founder Hanneli Rupert. She was working as a painter in Europe at the time and moved back to Africa to make the idea a reality.
Okapi was named after the exotic African antelope known as the “African Unicorn” - which our products’ signature talisman, the Springbok horn, has come to represent.
The core line launched in South Africa in early 2012, consists of three timeless contemporary and classic styles that express elegant minimalism with an original edge.
2013 will bring the international launch, our online boutique and an expansion of the range.