New York

USA

SAREP AND ROSE

Unique combination of cutting-edge designs from the heart of New York and the unparalleled skill of African artisans

Sarep and Rose embodies the essence of African luxury and celebrates the vibrant spirit of the continent with its stunning range of products.

kenyan leather shoulder bag, sarep and rose

Origins

Creative Director

Values

Recognition

Addressing Sustainability

Sarep and Rose is a lifestyle brand that is growing across sectors, promoting authentic African culture through social impact. 

While their vision is to expand a brand that publicizes Africa in relation to becoming a global manufacturing hub, founder Robin Sirleaf challenges the outdated narrative of African people, places, and things.

The use of materials and makers at Sarep and Rose extends far beyond typical sourcing methods. 

The brand explores East African leather, Fishskin leather, Sisal baskets, West African baskets, and Liberian and Ivorian Cloth to create their unique products.

By producing goods with material from leathers rescued from natural grasses, waste, and handwoven culturally significant textiles, the vision of “what it means to be African” is brought to life.

Origins

Sarep and Rose is a lifestyle brand founded by Robin Sirleaf in 2015. The designs are created in New York and made in Africa using local leathers and textiles, providing a sophisticated version of the everyday, casual accessory.

The leather used in Sarep and Rose products is sourced from local farmers in East Africa.

The brand’s Fish Skin leather, which has a unique texture featuring dried pike fish skin, is produced in Kenya. The Sisal baskets used by the brand are made by women in the Taita region of Kenya and are limited edition items chosen by the founder, Robin Sirleaf.

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robin sirleaf, sarep and rose handbags

Creative Director

Robin, who was born in the US but has roots in Liberia, has a unique perspective on life and culture due to her experiences in different parts of the world.

She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Leeds in the UK, and later earned a Master’s degree from Duke University in the US. Her education and diverse background have undoubtedly influenced her work and vision for Sarep and Rose.

Robin Sirleaf, the founder, often travels across Africa to find materials and collaborate with artisans to create economic opportunities and enhance the continent’s global impact. 

 

Values

At the heart of Sarep and Rose lies a core set of values that extend beyond just making beautiful products.

Their deep commitment to promoting authentic African culture is matched only by their unwavering dedication to ethical production and creating positive social and economic impacts.

 

sarep and rose, hand beaded bag

Recognition

Sarep and Rose has been featured in several prominent magazines, including Oprah Daily, Marie Claire, Elle USA, Birdie, and Cosmopolitan.

The brand’s commitment to their ethical manufacturing practices and unique African-made products have garnered attention and praise from fashion enthusiasts around the world.

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Sisal Baskets, Sarep and Rose

Addressing Sustainability

With a focus on sustainability and supporting local artisans, they’ve become a beacon of hope for those seeking to create a brighter, more equitable future through fashion. It’s clear that Sarep and Rose is more than just a brand – it’s a movement.

Every sale supports the payment of health insurance and school tuition, making a tangible difference in the lives of the families involved.

Through their work with these cooperatives, Sarep and Rose is able to empower communities and promote positive social change.

Seek & Ye Shall Find

65 W John St, Hicksville

New York

U.S

+1 516-373-1260

[email protected]

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“Not here to reinforce linear notions of ‘African’ aesthetics”