Friday, 2 December 2011

STYLISH YET AFFORDABLE HIS AND HER GIFTS

Vincent Urbain, born and raised in Belgium has nurtured a love-affair with leather since childhood. Today, he is the proud owner of two leather companies in Cape Town, his newfound homeland


At Urban Africa and Afrographic they mainly use 2 types of cow leather:
  • Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills, and other such sources. It is supple and brown in color, with the exact shade depending on the mix of chemicals and the color of the skin. It is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping.
  • Chrome-tanned leather, invented in 1858, is tanned using chromium sulfate and other salts of chromium. It is more supple and pliable than vegetable-tanned leather, and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned. It is also known as wet-blue for its color derived from the chromium. More esoteric colors are possible using chrome tanning.
The range is designed by Vincent, Reanne Gray and Jessika Balzer; each item meticulously handcrafted by Vincent and his team therefore no two pieces are alike. The real cool part is you get to choose your leather, stitches and rivet shades from their available color ranges on Urban Africa’s website.

Leather handbag purse
Cow leather handbag purse (all around bag).
Handles reinforced with 4 lines of stitching that bring character and strength to the bag. One spacious compartment so it can take plenty.Adjustable strap that ends inside the bag with a ring for your keys
Design by Jessika Balzer.
245mm in height x 320 in width x 120mm in depth.

Handbag/ Purse Eggtail
An egg shape inspired cow leather bag. Handles reinforced with 4 lines of stitching that bring character and strength to the bag. Two compartments so it can take plenty; a bit more than the Fishtail. Design by Reanne Urbain.400mm in diameter, 470mm in height.

Handbag/ Purse Tulip
 Tulip shape inspired cow leather bag. Same family as the Fishtail/ Eggtail; circle shape inspired structure. Comes with a strap. Closing system are two pose studs. Design by Reanne Urbain & Zara Gray. 400mm in length x 270mm in width x 200mm in height.

Handbag purse Little Boy
Cow leather laptop bag made for Macs and lap tops 15inch or smaller. 2 sections : one for the Lap Top, Diary, adapter… The other section fits A4 documents and a bit bigger. Strap is fully adjustable.
Design by Vincent Urbain.375mm in length x 270mm in width x 60mm in depth.

Empire Women's Belt
Veg tan cow leather belt. Belt comes around your waist. Colors available : tan, medium brown, chocolate brown, black, pink…Empire belt comes in small & medium size.
Width of the Empire belt is 60mm. Design by Reanne Gray.

Leather boxes (fit into each other)
Cow leather boxes. Design inspired by the little russian dolls. They all fit into each other to become one box. Mini box : 90mm x 90mm x 70mm. Medium box : 130mm x 130mm x 75mm.
Big box : 160mm x 160mm x 80mm. 
Ostrich iPhone Cover
Ostrich leather sleeve lined with sheep napper leather and fits like a glove the Iphone 3, 4, the Ipod touch & many phones with similar dimensions.   The classy cover molds around the phone & protects it.Design by Mairame Sow.127mm x 80mm.
BlackBerry Leather Cover

Cow leather sleeve. It fits like a glove most Blackberry models & many phones with similar dimensions. The classy cover molds around the phone & protects it.
Design by Mairame Sow. 118mm x 85mm.


iPhone Leather sleeve/cover
Cow leather sleeve. It fits like a glove the Iphone 3, 4, the Ipod touch & many phones with similar dimensions. The classy cover molds around the phone & protects it.
Design by Mairame Sow. 127mm x 80mm.

Felt Slippers
Slippers made out of Felt & Veg. tan cow leather.Perfect for home and around the house.
They heat up as you wear them, you will not want to take them off. Cow leather or Veg. tan inner sole. Sole is Veg tan cow leather. All sizes available; they are all hand cut.
Design by Vincent Urbain