There’s something so rewarding about shopping local. I think for me, personally, it’s because I love being a part of a journey. With big retailers you miss steps in their journey, but with local designers and entrepreneurs – you get to see everything. And when you finally purchase that product; it makes you feel like you’ve contributed to their success. That you’ve been there to cheer them on.
That is how I feel about Mazee. I was first introduced to the brand in 2013 when I attended my very first blogging event. It was for The Organ Donor Foundation, and it was arranged by one of the biggest agencies in Cape Town. It was a very exciting night for me. Thanks to this event:
- I am an organ donor. There are so many uncertainties in life, but one thing I am sure of: when I leave this earth they must take anything they want to give someone else a chance to live.
- I started a journey with two beautifully talented women, because that day I got my first Mazee handbag.
Fast forward to 2015 when I received one of the most amazing gifts ever – a customised leather handbag, named after me. The creators of Mazee had made me a leopard-print Anja bag. To this day I can’t get over the fact that people I’d only ever spoken to over the Internet would respect me enough to name a bag after me.
This bag has been with me through so many highlights in my life. I wore it on my first date with JP, it has travelled with me to Mauritius and I took it with me to my American visa interview recently. (Which I got!) I may even take it with me to New York later this year.
But this wouldn’t be the first time Mazee has been in New York. The talented sisters behind the brand, Marissa and Zandri, entered the New York Independent Handbag awards and made it to the finals! This was their design.
These women understand other women, and it is even more evident with their latest creation – The Clip In Handbag.
When this arrived at my house, and I opened the box… I felt so overwhelmed. The packaging, the design, the attention to detail – all of it so perfect.
The concept behind the handbag: This handbag has an outer ‘shell’, holding no side dimension panels – it resembles a beautiful diary. Inside you’ll find little clasps where you can hook your choice of clip-in bag(s).
This bag is the perfect solution for women looking to compartmentalise their handbags, but what really makes it great in my eyes is that it’s so customisable. You can choose any clip in bag from a variety of patterns. And if you decide one morning you don’t feel like hiding your bag under the shell – you can also wear it as a sling bag on its own, or as a clutchbag. The versatility of this makes my heart so happy!
These ladies understand that the variety is the spice of life. Their Take Me To collection means that you can choose from a variety of patterns and designs to take you where you want to be. The beach? Safari? Whatever your vibe is, they have a design for it.
It is an honour to have been part of Mazee’s journey, and I am so proud to see how far this sister duo has come. They are moving to Cape Town, and I will finally get the chance to meet them soon. And, even more exciting news – their handbags will soon be available at some of Cape Town’s coolest markets.
If you would like to have your own Mazee creation; contact them here: mazeecreations
You can also view their Facebook page here.
Cheers to you, Marissa and Zandri. Here’s to strong women, strong local talent and strong handbags.