OUR STORY

THE ADELE STORY

Each Adéle handbag, purse or travel bag is a work of functional art that is crafted in South Africa with meticulous care and attention to detail. These classic, timeless pieces are handmade from quality exotic leathers such as ostrich leather, crocodile hide, printed bovine and embossed leather to produce elegantly sculptured handbags. Skilled artisans hand cut, hand/machine stitch and hand dye the leathers in a wide spectrum of colours; from classic neutrals to vibrant shades like hot pink and emerald green. The gold plated or nickel fittings are either of Italian origin or are custom designs cast by local foundries. Adéle handbags are unique, limited editions designed to evoke an enduring sense of beauty, style and functionality.

LEATHER SOURCING

HOW OUR LEATHERS ARE SOURCED

Each Adéle handbag, purse or travel bag is made with high-quality, ethically-sourced leather. Our products are made from bovine, buffalo, crocodile and ostrich leathers. For each bag, only the best leather is handpicked to ensure that you get only the highest quality product.

Every Adéle product is made in full adherence of the CITES agreement and we ensure that all of our suppliers are too.

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is

For more information, visit www.cites.org.

LEATHER CARE

All materials are selected for their distinctive qualities, and crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Due to the nature of the materials, any incidental mark, tonal variations and/or textural variances should not be seen as flaws. All variations of leather, synthetic and other materials, including all hardware, respond to humidity and this may cause permanent damage. Please avoid getting the product wet and avoid exposure to direct light and heat. Avoid contact with oily substances, cosmetics or solvents. Care should be taken when wearing light coloured outfits and when storing the product with unalike colours, as the colours may transfer onto each other. Avoid excessive friction and overexposure to direct light as this may cause colours to fade. To clean this product, wipe with a soft dry cloth. Store in a protective dust bag in a cool, dry place.

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