Bernice Angelique leather goods are handmade with the highest quality ostrich leather and age old craftsmanship in Cape Town, South Africa. Bernice trains local women to make handbags herself, these artisans otherwise struggle to make a livelihood for themselves and their families, therefore this employment opportunity gives them a reliable and steady income. Sustainability, empowerment and a desire to support local trade are at the foundation of the brand. While South African ostrich is classed as an exotic animal, it is the only exotic to be used for it’s entirety; leather, feathers, eggs and meat, making it a more ethical alternative to traditional exotic leathers. Equally, under strict regulation, all birds are traceable from farm to abattoir, and must be slaughtered at approved abattoirs conforming to European standards, of which huge emphasis is placed on the humane handling and treatment of the animal to ensure a completely painless process.