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The Legacy Collection

April 2014

Legacy marks a celebration of the Schäfer family’s pioneering spirit and unique life’s work in achieving unchartered territory in the exotic leather goods industry since 1972.

Committed to the establishment of a transparent international exotic leather industry, Cape Cobra Leathercraft has been pioneering the way forward in association with a United Nations Working group and the Department of Trade and Industry. The collective vision is the establishment of South Africa as a primary example of excellence in ethical, sustainable and research-based practice for sourcing material, design and manufacture in the international luxury leather goods market. Legacy serves to inspire and motivate this collective vision, challenging us to seek out a better future for South Africa, its people and its beautiful natural resources.

The Collection embraces old world luxury with new age design to present a classic, rich and deeply defined range. The intricate design and intimate handcraft of each piece honours the mastery and calibre of our 90 craftsmen.

Each style embodies elements of the art deco era; an era that saw the culmination of tradition and technology to embrace symmetry, linear proportions, refined shapes, distinct edging, strong structured elements, and rich colour; to present luxury and exuberance. Legacy is a crowning achievement in the cultivation of the inventive spirit and the observer’s imagination of timeless elegance in exotic leather handbags.

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Legacy

Product Code: 13114

Limited Edition box clutch with detachable delicate chain.

The signature piece that marks a celebration of the pioneering spirit of the family’’s unique life’s work and applauds the unchartered territory achieved by the artisans use of age old craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind pieces. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm

Length: 18.4 cm

Width: 5 cm

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Piaf

Product Code: 13101

Clutch with firm round bar clip frame.

A beloved singer of the founders: Edith Piaf – the mysterious singer whom became widely regarded as France’s greatest international stars. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm

Length: 30 cm

Width: 7.5 cm

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Ione

Product Code: 13102

Soft fold over clutch with decorative piping detail.

Comes with a detachable delicate chain.

The granddaughter of Rappe, a colonel of Napoleon, seamstress and grandmother of Denise, inspired much of Denise’s outlook on life and ability to survive against the odds. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 14.5 cm

Length: 24.5 cm

Width: 4.5 cm

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Alexandria

Product Code: 13103

East West German gusset clutch with detachable chain.

The home place of Denise’s mother. Associated with the elegance of Parisian life. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 13.5 cm

Length: 30 cm

Width: 6 cm

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Le Meridian

Product Code: 13104

Firm top handle handbag with German gusset and detachable sling/chain.

The place on the Nile where Denise & Lothars relationship fostered as they would meet for Sunday evening dancing.

They returned in celebration of Denise’s 60th birthday to relive their youth memories. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm

Length: 24.5 cm

Width: 8.5 cm

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Jahjah

Product Code: 13105

Top handle cross-body handbag with a detachable sling and decorative piping detail.

Inspired by Denise’s mother Marie Jahjah, who influenced her inwardly and outwardly appearance. A woman whom understood the art of accessorization. A name also shared by Lothar’s mother. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm

Length: 24.5 cm

Width: 8.5 cm

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Koko

Product Code: 13106

Soft IPad cover with detachable sling handle.

Inspired by Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel’s lifelong determination and ambition to define understated elegance. A Chanel-inspired piece hung in each of the lineage’s wardrobes. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm

Length: 34 cm

Width: 3 cm

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Koko Mini

Product Code: 13113

Mini IPad cover with detachable sling handle.

Inspired by Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel’s promotion of casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War 1 era.

 

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm

Length: 24 cm

Width: 2.5 cm

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Tosca

Product Code: 13109

Large East-West satchel with a fold over magnetic lock closure.

The opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. The classical music traditions that inspired and shaped the founders of Cape Cobra Leathercraft. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm

Length: 30.5 cm

Width: 16 cm

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Aida

Product Code: 13110

North-South satchel with a fold over magnetic lock closure.

Inspired and shaped by the arts, Giuseppe Verdi’s Opera written for the opening of the Seuz Canal, which Denise saw for the first time at the age of 12 with her mother and father.

 

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm

Length: 39 cm

Width: 16 cm

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Beauvisage

Product Code: 13108

Elegant zip top tote handbag with detachable sling handle.

Meaning beautiful face. The name carried by Denise’s beloved grandfather Albert Paul Andre.

 

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm

Length: 47 cm

Width: 15.5 cm

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Beirut

Product Code: 13107

Soft cross-body bag with bold clean-lined hardware in the gussets.

Capital of the Lebanon. The birth place of Cordoba, the founders first leather manufacturing facility which would go on to become the very best in the middle East. 

 

Dimensions

Height: 21.5 cm

Length: 25.5 cm

Width: 10 cm

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Ausonia

Product Code: 13111

Soft tote bag with detachable sling handle.

 The ship that carried the Schafer family to Beirut after the revolution motivated many to leave Egypt.

Ausonia carried the family with three children under 4 years of age, with the fourth on the way and their 13 suitcases to start anew.

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm

Length: 44 cm

Width: 14.5 cm

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Phillipe

Product Code: 13112

Soft hobo style handbag with bold hardware and rope handle.

The name coincidentally shared by both Denise & Lothars fathers – both of whom coincidentally bore a single only child.

One in Offenbach (Lothar) and one in Cairo (Denise). 

 

 

Dimensions

Height: 35 cm

Length: 26 cm

Width: 13.5 cm