by Kwanele Mboso
The sun rises on the streets of Johannesburg – city of gold. The powerhouse of Africa, men and women from across the country and continent come here in search of life-changing opportunity. But Egoli is not an easy place – the pace of life here is fast and competitive. Success requires an inner strength and outer hardening. For those who embrace this, however, the city’s rewards are considerable. “Opportunity Awaits” captures the confidence, ambition, effortlessness and grace of those who have conquered.
Each bag features artwork from South African artists. Their paintings, illustrations, graffiti, photography are reproduced by digital print or painted by hand directly, depending on each artist’s chosen medium and method.
The bags have been designed to effectively showcase the works not only for the enjoyment of the wearer, but for the appreciation of all who pass them by. You wear a piece of art. The leather serves as the frame of a canvas in a gallery: to enhance the beauty of the artwork, without distracting from it.
High quality, locally sourced materials – Our bags are made in South Africa with locally sourced raw materials and high quality brass fittings. We use strong snap hooks to hold your keys or to hold the sling, and a YKK zipper that will last a life time. All our leather is waste material from the meat industry, using environmentally friendly vegetable dye.
Environmentally friendly printing techniques – We use 100% cotton twill and high quality canvas, and we print the artwork with environmentally friendly solvent free water based ink. The printing method we use doesn’t need pre-treatment and has almost zero wastage. An environmentally friendly weather and dirt proof coating will keep the print beautiful, crisp and clear.
Locally sourced vegetable dyed leather – As said, the locally sourced leather is a by-product from the meat industry, cow hides used are vegetable dyed with environmentally friendly chemicals by a high quality South African tannery.
Handmade – The bags are assembled by our small scale Cape Town manufacturer. We specifically chose this small manufacturer because of their social and environmental sustainable practices. They provide a good living wage and pleasant working conditions to their employees, as well as opportunities to their families living in the Cape Town townships.