Okapi is the quintessential African luxury brand. It was started in Cape Town, South Africa in 2008 by South African entrepreneur Hanneli Rupert and continues to uphold to highest international standards of quality, design and finish which its loyal customer base has become accustomed to.
All of Okapi’s materials and manufacturing are finished entirely in South Africa. Okapi has exclusively pioneered the use of African game skins including Blesbok leather, a skin that reflects the brand’s essence of meeting exceptionality and authenticity, with sustainability and little waste. This unique skin can only be treated and tanned for Okapi by a select few, highly skilled local artisans in the Western Cape. As a result of the complex manufacturing process undertaken to produce each piece, there can only ever be a limited number of each style made per year, guaranteeing Okapi’s exclusivity.
The Okapi signature feature is the Springbok horn, an African talismanic charm which is believed to bring good fortune to those who wear it. The horns are sourced as bi-product. By incorporating them into the products, Okapi is taking what would be waste and creating sustainable employment on the African continent.
In keeping with Okapi’s ethos of creating trade not aid Okapi has continually strived to collaborate with and support the grassroots craft groups in and around South Africa. For the 2016 collection these collaboration partners were ZenZulu and MonkeyBiz, both community projects creating sustainable jobs in and around the Cape Town area.
Click the Butterfly Mark to discover the brand’s unique Positive Actions
Okapi has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and company-wide commitments to sustainability.
Want to learn more? Click on the interactive Butterfly Mark on your left and scroll through each Positive Action to read a short description of the brands efforts and achievements as verified by Positive Luxury. You will also be able to find the interactive Butterfly Mark online on the brands website, retailer and partner sites.
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