From rough and rugged to soft and sophisticated, there is nothing better than leather. We love leather. We love its everyday timelessness; it’s class, versatility, comfort and durability. We love that no two pieces are ever exactly the same and that each piece tells its own story. That's why we created a space where we work with nothing but leather, and why we are The Wek Space, a 100% black woman owned, Durban-based leather goods manufacturing company from South Africa.WHAT WE DO
Here we do all things leather, with a specific focus on bags, shoes and accessories. We use full grain, top grain, corrected grain, bi-cast, full and semi-aniline leathers.
We design and deliver high-end, limited quantity ranges, to simpler, more durable ranges - always making sure that every item we produce has the Wek Space signature of quality and style.
THE WOMEN BEHIND THE BRANDThembi Mkhize and Angie Tootla are proud to have quickly built a vibrant brand that has begun to make waves in the industry - and in its own way is helping redefine how South Africans see locally produced luxury brands.
Having established and worked for fashion brands before, both Angie and Thembi draw inspiration from their South African roots and influences, as well identifying trends internationally.
ANGIE has been in the industry since 1992. Her role is that of a Range Developer, that includes, designing, pattern making and pattern grading. She travels to the UK and China regularly for inspiration and trend forecasting to keep the designs contemporary and on-trend, yet never loosing sight of the African aesthetic.
In South Africa, she has worked with some of the country’s leading retail chain stores viz: Woolworth, Truworths, Foschini and Miladys, as supplier and partner, then between 2011 and 2015, was the Managing Director and Owner of Rose Lady Trading designing and manufacturing handbags.
"I have always been passionate about fashion. Creating something that starts from a mere thought into a beautiful product is the most amazing feeling."
During this time Thembi traveled the world for cutting-edge styles mostly visiting Turkey, Germany and Brazil, for exclusive brands to bring back to South Africa. As the business evolved, she developed her own brand ShooBadoo, a range of exclusive designs manufactured in Turkey and catering for South Africa’s celebrities, high-fliers, and politicians. It was during this time that fate brought these to entrepreneurs together and the rest as they is history.
This formidable duo managing The Wek Space with their passion, determination and entrepreneurial spirit, aims to build a brand that can stand shoulder to shoulder with their international counterparts for quality, craftsmanship, style and design.
The Wek Space.......craftsmanship that speaks to luxury and sophistication.