Sometime around 2010, Robin was gifted a striped leather and cotton drawstring bag from her Grandma, made somewhere in West Africa. She was hardly ever seen without this bag and she was routinely asked where they could be bought. One night in 2012, Robin went to check on a friend in a bar, leaving her handbag at a friend’s table.
When she came back, it was gone. Four years later, and inspired to recreate this beloved bag in 2016, the Sarep + Rose brand (founded as Sareptha Rose) was born.
The ethos of Sarep + Rose encompasses many things, but what is at our core is to preserve, promote, and ultimately invest in traditional African craftsmanship. We combine traditional handwoven textiles and traditional leatherworking skills with contemporary design to build the platform for these traditions to thrive.