Marian Nel

Mally Bags

What does your company do?

We are a proudly South African leather bag production company that employs and empowers different cultures to work together. At Mally, we love South Africa and everything it has to offer. From the vibrant colours to the rich history, there is so much to celebrate about this beautiful country. By doing things right, we are able to provide opportunities for fair work and hope in places where they've been lacking. Mally offers a variety of beautiful handbags that are made with high-quality materials. We offer both traditional and modern styles of bags and have something for everyone, no matter what your taste may be. In addition to the large scope of bags, Mally also provides a variety of other accessories such as wallets, straps, and leather care.By using only the finest leathers and custom techniques, our team of skilled artisans handcrafts each bag with the utmost care, ensuring that every detail is perfect. By celebrating diversity and inclusion that luxury should be accessible to everyone, we aspire to play a role in changing the way people think about leather goods. We support the South African economy and create jobs by choosing to work with local communities and are proud to be a part of the growing South African leather industry and look forward to continued success in the years to come. If you're looking for a leather bag that celebrates all things South African, look no further than our Mally Bags. From our diverse local team of artisans to our rich history of leatherworking, we are proud to showcase the best of this beautiful country through our products.

What is your biggest success?

My greatest success has been empowering and supporting 10 households through employment opportunities. Additionally, I take pride in being among the pioneering entrepreneurs who introduced leather products, including leather baby bags, to the South African market in 2010.When I moved to the Klein Karoo in 2009, it was tough because of the tricky geography and in 2010 online shopping wasn't active yet, but I didn't give up. Now, I'm excited to see our bags selling in other countries too.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

My biggest challenge has been staying competitive in the rapidly growing leather industry in South Africa. Despite competitors offering lower prices, we prioritize fair labor wages. Additionally, imported leather products are increasingly dominating the South African market, adding to the challenge.