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RAWEDGE Leather Bags

Raw, handcrafted leather is one of the coolest trends at the moment and screams quality and style. RAWEDGE is a small Cape Town-based company that designs and handcrafts beautiful leather handbags and accessories. The RAWEDGE shapes are fluid and supple. African antelope skins such as wildebeest, hartebeest, kudu and eland are personally selected from reputable suppliers. HL chatted to RAWEDGE founder and designer, Astrid Kille, and asked her more about the RAWEDGE designs and what makes these bags so special... ‘I like to combine textural highlights using linen, natural cottons or textures in the Springbok or Nguni cow skin to make it more contemporary.  The skin’s natural colour variations and blemishes are deliberately showcased and combined with signature finishes such as the trademark RAWEDGE, tassels, vintage buttons, coins and leather imprints, all of which bring sophistication to the design.’ Astrid continues, ‘Bag linings are usually 100% cotton shweshwe prints and our preference is to source locally produced and made components before imports.’ Astrid’s two great loves are the African bush and iconic style.  A photographer, film producer and artist, she started with a range of artwork and designs that evolved into the RAWEDGE bag range.  ‘My vision for RAWEDGE is to create an iconic brand of handbags and accessories, each one individually handmade using animal skin or a combination of locally sourced hides, linen and cotton; perfect for the contemporary and stylish woman,’ she says. Her brand is still new - the first products were only sold in August last year. ‘We are currently launching our winter range with signature colours such as avocado green, raspberry red, deep navy blue and ochre – available from mid-May.' Visit the RAWEDGE showroom on the Corner Salisbury Street and Roodebloem Road, Woodstock. You can order a RAWEDGE bag directly from Astrid at or call her on 072-394-8283. Alternatively, contact Astrid’s partner Janet Lytwynchuk on or 083-636-7117. Their website is currently under construction but you can check out their Facebook Page for more information. Text Lisa Wallace