The Ethics of Luxury
The sustainable practices upheld by Cape Cobra Leathercraft is what set’s them apart against the backdrop of the global luxury exotic leather goods market. The company respects all protected species and obtains its exotic skins under the strict laws and regulations of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), which ensures the sustainability of international trade in wildlife. The Schäfer family played an integral role in the establishment of ELSA (Exotic Leather South Africa) – an organization responsible for developing best-practice industry standards to improve the long-term sustainability of the exotic leather industry itself.
These standards and practices allow for the clientele of Cape Cobra to feel at ease purchasing their beloved pieces, knowing they are handcrafted using ethically farmed exotic skins. Cape Cobra Leathercraft is a pioneer in their industry for building ethics, provenance and preservation into their brand philosophy. Support of the luxury industry is of paramount importance, for all the age-old skills collected over time by the artisans themselves, is the very foundation of the fashion industry’s repertoire for years to come. Cape Cobra Leathercraft feels just as strongly about preserving the fine techniques used during production as they feel about the sustainability of the skins being sourced.
We are not trying to prove that sustainability in luxury fashion is possible; we are proof that it is possible. Luxury fashion is the example the rest follow and we are responsible for the changes we want to see in the industry going forward
Justine Schafer, Creative Director
A Heart for People
We have the raw materials in the leather, we have the land, we have the know-how and above all we have the responsibility to give back to South Africa and its people.
Richard Schafer – Sales Director