The Relic Collection

June 2017

The blending of nostalgia and modern sophistication capture the true essence of Cape Cobra Leathercraft and its rich and vibrant history.

The Relic Collection was inspired by centuries of objects and momentums collected by the Schafer family. Each of the seven designs feature elements of the memorabilia, through oval shapes and organic curves, vintage frames and wooden handles, and intricate embroidered patterns mimicked from over five generations of artisans. Gem like colours such as Rose Quartz and light sapphire add a hint of romance to the Spring/Summer pallet, while rich Emerald Green, Garnet and Tanzanite add depth to our Fall/ Winter collection.

This collection is a true testament to the history of the family and its origins, celebrating the flavours of culture and diversity through playful twists such as interchangeable and multi-coloured straps preserving the excellence of exotic leather craftsmanship.


The Woodstock Collection

November 2015

Design and Creation are fundamental components of human civilization and culture. The Woodstock Collection represents the integration of both, as it brings together the past and the present civilization of Cape Town’s Woodstock area, the home of CCL atelier.

Based on excellence in design, The Woodstock Collection houses a unique collection of 9 pieces, with a minimalistic aesthetic yet defined by rich construction elements, geometric shapes, and bombé detail. Exuberant hints of yellows, raspberry and golds celebrate the spirit of South African heritage, while perfectly balanced by a timeless palette of greys, blues and deep greens.

The Collection puts emphasis on the beauty of our natural resources, and celebrates the fusion of uniquely African prints with the faceted structures and shapes of the latter day Art Deco era. As ever the beauty of the skin is core and centre to the timeless creations, consistent with CCL legacy.


Where it all began


 “Collectively they had incredible skills and knowledge, an appetite for life and a genuine care for people.”

It was at this time Lothar first met Denise, an Egyptian born teacher of a Franco Italian mother and Lebanese father. Two months later, after numerous picnics along the Nile, Lothar traditionally requested Denise’s hand in marriage. They were married on June 1957, as partners that would go through life together, and so they would for forty-two years. They were later blessed with two sons, Robert and Richard, and twin daughters, Nicole and Christine.

In May 1962, after the revolution motivated many Europeans to leave Egypt. The Schafer family moved to Germany before relocating to Lebanon. “You don’t know what you can do until it is expected from you”, Denise. Lebanon offered a kind life and Denise’s Lebanese father offered a perfect partnership. ‘Cordoba’ was born, named after the Spanish city which became known for its quality leather. Many of the Egyptian leather craftsmen followed Lothar to Lebanon, due to his kind and caring character. Collectively they had incredible skills and knowledge, an appetite for life and a genuine care for people. These attributes formed the corner stones of the business.



News Room

The Relic Collection Launch

In June 2017, CCL Launched “The Relic Collection.” The night was a magical display of all the hard work that the CCL family had put together, and the smiles in the photos are a true testament to this. Ever heard the phrase “hard work pays off”, well in this case it certainly did. Bloggers, Customers, Friends, family and co-workers were able to get to know the collection and all of the history behind it, with Mrs Schafer (the first generation of CCL) explaining it as if it were yesterday. Pierre-Jouet filled each flute with the perfect blend of flavors and

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The Relic Collection Launch