Bag it! – 9 South African luggage brands we love

Sometimes you don’t need a new wardrobe, you just need an accessory update. Buying new luggage is one way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for a tote, rucksack or glittering evening bag, these local luggage labels are sure to enlist the envy of those around you. 

Not Seen Store

Over carrying everything in your pockets? Not Seen Store has brought out 4 moonbags: the OG Moonbag, the Half Moonbag, the Utility Pouch and Tobacco Pouch. If dig functional 90s street style then head to their stockists,  Corner Store CPT.

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Mandara Bags

Mandara is a local lifestyle brand whose aesthetic is grounded in pattern and texture. After spending time with a local leather artist in Thailand, Madeleine Zietsman decided to start her own business in Durban. Each leather handbag is handcrafted and embodies quality, beauty and longevity. Check out her website to view her collection of tote, clutch and travel bags. 

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Missibaba bags are made to be admired. Bright, cheeky, bold and full of humour, they’re like mini artworks and far outweigh the practical functions of having a handbag. All bags are handmade and each collection is limited in stock. See their new collection here.

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Chapel makes elegantly crafted leather and canvas bags that are perfect for travelling. They’ve a large selection of tote bags, backpacks, duffel bags and briefcases to choose from that’s ideal if you’re looking for something larger than a sling or clutch. Check out their range here

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One of Each 

Tamburai and Pauline Chirume are a mother and daughter duo, who celebrate African history through their detailed handbags. Their brightly embellished fold-over bags are made from textiles from different African coutries such as Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nambia. See their work here

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Skinny laMinx 

Skinny laMinx started when Heather Moore, a freelance illustrator, rented a studio in Cape Town’s Long Street to screen print her simple designs onto fabric. Shortly afterwards, she decided to start a blog and an Etsy shop where she could sell her hand-cut fridge magnets and screenprinted tea towels. Now she has a store in Bree Street where she sells beach bags, clutches, purses and shoulder bags alongside other decor and household items. Visit her site here.


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Soil & Co

Soil & Co is a design studio that also makes bespoke bags inspired by Victorian textiles and old botany book illustrations. They’ve just opened a new store at the V&A Watershed. See more of their illustration and print work here

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Rowdy Bags

Made locally, Rowdy Bags embody simple silhouettes, functionality and affordability. 15 years ago Nicholas Meinert tried to find a simple rucksack and failed. He landed up using a handmade leather rucksack that his mother had once bought in Madagascar while on honeymoon. After doing some research at the time, he realised others shared his frustration, and so he decided to create his timeless leather bags. See his full range here

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Illundi bags are influenced by minimalist Japanese aesthetics and neat Scandinavian designs. A single bag can take up to 14 hours to make because every hole is hand punched and every stitch is handsewn. Ilundi uses one of the oldest leatherwork stitches – the saddle stitch – which is much stronger than the lock stitch used by modern sew machines. View their classic designs here



Soil & Co


Soil & Co

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