Sapelle is an ethical business, therefore we respect our entire supply chain and our environment. We pay a fair price for all of our products and seek out those products that have been produced using environmentally friendly methods and practices. We pass on best practice between our partners, whether it’s where to source more sustainable materials or how to minimise environmental impact during production.
At our UK base, we believe in and practice fair pay for services and goods. We aim to reduce, reuse and recycle all of our materials, and minimise waste in every way that we can.
Our aim is to create a tangible and sustainable positive impact for communities around Africa. We believe that fair trade is the route to self-reliance and prosperity. Our business is founded on connecting makers of beautiful products with customers around the world who fall in love and buy them. By creating trade on this basis, we believe that we are cultivating a sustainable business model.
We’re in love with African design, culture and heritage, and we want to share it with the world. From handwoven textiles, to bold African print dresses, unique wooden ornaments, to beaded jewellery, we seek out the finest examples of African design fused with contemporary influence. Our mission is to bring something unique to your home and your wardrobe by celebrating African creativity.
We place the customer at the head of everything that we do. That means that we listen to you and aim to deliver an excellent experience every time you come into contact with us, whether it’s in person or virtual through our e-commerce site or social media.
We’re all about giving back, therefore we support and partner with individual artisans and local community groups that are working to improve the livelihoods, learning and development of all that they employ. We adopt a partnership approach that involves lots of communication and understanding of needs, and collaboration to bring out the best in everyone on the supply chain.
Whilst we strive to constantly improve upon our products in order to bring quality of workmanship into everything we offer, we respect every person we’re connected to and the environment. We only work with partners who share our ethical principles and fair treatment practices for their staff.
Our vision is to offer creative, stylish and unique products that have a distinct African influence to design lovers seeking high quality products that suit their contemporary lifestyle. We are ambitious about reaching customers around the world and supporting African artisans and emerging designers who craft products with a story. A story about their cultural origins, about the design and crafting process and a story about who made them.
WHAT DOES SAPELLE MEAN?
Sapelle is the name of the African Mahogany tree (or Entandrophragma cylindricum) a large tree that’s native to tropical Africa, with a beautiful texture reminiscent of mahogany. The highly textured wood can be found on acoustic musical instruments, interior fittings and luxury car dashboards. It is ecologically value-adding and an important commercial product for the communities where it flourishes. It has become a substitute to mahogany wood which is now a protected tree. We chose the name Sapelle because it represents something beautiful and valuable about Africa that is appreciated around the world – features that we can relate to.