Antelo Bags

WORDS Michaela Stehr

Local brand Antelo creates leather bags that embrace minimalist design and contemporary colour. Simple, modern and stylishly practical, these pieces will stand the test of wardrobe time.

Antelo’s owners Carin and Pietie Nelson have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the local manufacturing industry, and have used their love of nature, the outdoors and classic simplicity to inspire their chic designs. “We want to keep it simple and classic, with a focus on contributing to the local economy, job creation and skills development,” says Carin when asked about their brand’s identity.

“In 2015 – by complete coincidence – my childhood dream of owning my own fashion lifestyle brand became a reality when, while I was searching for potential suppliers on Google, a classified ad popped up saying ‘Leather goods factory for sale in Cape Town’,” she says. “It immediately grabbed my attention. The business was called Antelo Collections; within a few days, we bought the business and registered the name as our trademark.”


The Nelsons strive to grow the brand organically and keep it South African driven. “I am very grateful to see the consumer support for locally produced goods,” says Carin. “Covid-19 has shown us how vulnerable we are as a nation, and the importance of being self-sufficient as a country. Hopefully, this can be the boost that the local textile industry has needed for many years now.”

With a focus on colour and trend forecasting, Antelo’s collections are added to regularly, and range from trendy wristlet and cross-body bags to classic totes in both earthy and bold statement tones. They are likely to be able to provide just about every shopper with the perfect accessory for their chosen look.

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Looking for more on local design? Take a look at Luke Radloff’s Public Forum label.