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Okapi's Sustainable Luxury Boutique Opens at Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm

Published December 29, 2023
7 months ago

Nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands, within the picturesque Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm, Okapi has launched a new concept in luxury retail. The opening of Okapi's boutique merges the world of high-end accessories with conscious consumption, set within the wine farm's historic Manor House.

As the need for sustainability grows louder in the fashion industry, Okapi stands out with its steadfast commitment to environmentally responsible practices. Jeanine Benjamin, Chief Operating Officer of Okapi South Africa, articulates the brand's philosophy: “Okapi stands for sustainable luxury, where every item tells a story of ethical sourcing, timeless design, and the preservation of our environment.”

Okapi has crafted an identity that harmonizes luxury with a deep respect for nature. Their products, crafted from ethically sourced materials like ostrich, springbok, and locally acquired cowhides, radiate sophistication without compromising ethical standards. This approach is integral, not just for ecological reasons, but also for bolstering the local economy by empowering South African artisans and communities.

Customers stepping into the new boutique can expect to encounter exclusive items such as the Nambi Clutch’s new rattan limited edition and the striking red-coloured Nambi Feather Clutch. Beyond handbags, Okapi’s lifestyle collection extends to a diverse range of products including tableware, games, jewellery, and silk scarves—intricately hand-drawn and utterly exquisite.

Okapi allows its clientele the luxury of customization. Patrons can craft their own unique handbag by choosing preferred skins, colours, and embellishments, potentiating an exclusive personal touch.

The store’s design is as thoughtful as its products. Retaining the Manor House's original wooden ceiling and featuring custom carpets as well as bespoke furniture, it marries the farm's heritage with the essence of modern luxury. This ambiance, accentuated by an assortment of local flora and fauna, promises an elegant and immersive shopping experience.

Coupling retail therapy with the elegance of the Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm's surroundings and its award-winning wines, the Okapi boutique is poised to be a fashion and lifestyle haven for both locals and travelers. According to Benjamin, the boutique aims to offer an "exceptional addition to the fashion landscape for Franschhoek locals and visitors alike," promising both convivial gatherings and private shopping indulgences.

For an exclusive visit to the Okapi store at Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm and to truly savor the merging of luxury with sustainability, prospective guests are invited to arrange a private appointment.

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