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Carol Bouwer Bags and Dr Esther Mahlangu connect fashion and art in their latest collaboration

Carol Bouwer Bags and Dr Esther Mahlangu connect fashion and art in their latest collaboration

In a collaboration that celebrates the heritage of South Africa, Carol Bouwer Bags and national treasure Dr. Esther Mahlangu have come together to unveil 50 custom Carol Bouwer handbags.

Each of the bags feature the acclaimed artworks of Dr. Esther Mahlangu, and are crafted from locally and ethically sourced python, ostrich and crocodile skin, with some bags featuring a sophisticated python-ostrich skin hybrid.

 

The exquisite collection, curated by these African pioneers, is considered a standout in both the world of fashion and art.

“What an exciting time for us to share this bag with the collectors of Mam Esther’s art, our bag collectors and the art world at large. The collection is testament to Africa’s endowment and beauty, and tribute to the fact that luxury is not foreign to our land. Each bag is a proud display of African ‘craftswomanship’ and pioneering in the sense that luxury local fashion can now be regarded as a collector’s item,” says Carol Bouwer, CEO of Carol Bouwer Bags.

The collection will be launched at The Melrose Gallery in partnership with Boschendal Wines on 20 November 2020, shortly after Dr Mahlangu’s 85th birthday. “Boschendal Wines has long been a supporter of African arts and luxury.

“We recognise this collaboration as one which celebrates craft and heritage – which are two pillars of our 330-year old estate and could not be more excited for the launch event which will feature our most acclaimed wines.” Says Shirley Van Wyk, Marketing Manager of Boschendal Wines.

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