Q: Where do you ship to?

A: We ship orders to many countries around the world. Please see our Terms and Conditions and Shipping Policy for more information, and if in doubt, please contact us at [email protected]

Q: Who are you?

A: We’re a online retailer of contemporary lifestyle products inspired by African design. We feature only artisans, design labels and social enterprises that work to ethical production principles: as a minimum, their materials are fairly traded and employees are fairly paid. We pay them fairly for the products we buy from them, and we keep our margins low so that you can get the best price from them.

Q: Where do your products come from?

A: We have ethical suppliers in about 15 countries in Africa, and the UK, and all of them are rooted in and inspired by African design.

Q: How do I know what size will fit me?

A: Our default sizing is US sizing.

We source our products from several producers around the world – so they vary slightly. We therefore provide as much information as possible about the sizes of our products so that you won’t be disappointed when you receive it in the mail (we really don’t like a disappointed customer). So please make sure you compare the measurements before you confirm your order with us!

Where we think the size is looser or more snug than usual, we’ll let you know, so you can make the decision to try the next size up or down.

Q: What if I’m not happy with my purchase?

A: Please contact us as soon as possible. You can arrange to return the garment, unworn and in the original state you received it in. Please read our full Refund and Returns Policy.

In the first instance, please contact us as soon as possible at [email protected] so that we can arrange a return.

Q: How can we contact you?

A: We endeavour to answer your communications as quickly as possible – please contact us at [email protected]

Q: Where does the name ‘Sapelle’ come from?

A: The Sapelle or Sapeli is a tree indigenous to parts of Africa, sometimes called ‘African Mahogany’. It grows tall with beautiful flowers and provides numerous commercial, ecological and even medicinal benefits. Sapelle wood is popular for use in luxury car interiors, musical instruments and home furnishings because of its beautiful unique texture.

When we came up with the name Sapelle, we sought inspiration and symbolism from something quintessentially African, that fits easily into the contemporary setting. Something natural and beautiful which contributes positively to its environment.