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Okapi was created with a view to being one of Africa’s first true luxury brands. 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.


At Okapi we manufacture everything locally with carefully selected partners.

We have fostered close relationships with everyone in our production line from beginning until end. This includes amongst others the original Ostrich farming families from Oudtshoorn, the co-operatively run tannery with whom we developed our signature Blesbok leather, conservationists, veterinarians, fourth generation leather craftsmen, game-rangers and film makers as well as the artisanal metal workers with whom we hand-make all of our hardware in-house.

It is through this unique network that we can ensure that every element of an Okapi bag is entirely traceable, sustainable and ethically sourced. 100% of the chains, horns, labels, leathers, linings and packaging are made and sourced in South Africa.

As a result of this, we are creating positive change by developing valuable skills and creating sustainable jobs on the continent.

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