When it comes to leather goods, quality is non-negotiable. Modern & Tribal is a locally based business in the Mother City that doesn’t disappoint in this regard. From handbags and purses in different types of leathers and colours, to travel bags, wallets and laptop cases, Deon Behrens and his team are raising the bar.

I’m a sucker for a quality laptop bag and the following two options immediately caught my attention. They are available in leather or ostrich  with a variety of colour options:

For travelling, these two styles are excellent choices, whether you’re looking for an overnight bag or something that can pack a bit more:

The ladies range has something for everyone. My wife loves the styles that are available. She says it’s difficult to settle on only one! Take a few minutes and have a look for yourself here: Modern & Tribal leather handbags and purses. You’ll find options available in leather, ostrich, springbok, nguni and zebra.

If steampunk fashion is your thing, Modern & Tribal stocks a range of hand-made one of a kind items. Each product is meticulously crafted by Richard and Summer of Brand New Second Hand. The quality is outstanding and no two items are the same.

The guys have recently opened a new store at 64 Church Street in Cape Town. Opening times are:

Monday to Friday:

08h00 to 19h00


08h00 to 18h00


08h30 to 16h00

Deon and his team also do bespoke design requests. If there’s something special that you’re looking for, feel free give him a shout and he’ll do his best to make a plan for you.

Visit www.modernandtribaldesigns.com for more info.

Product photography by Mandy Freeman, a photographer based in Cape Town..

UPDATE: The legendary Lizz Meiring recently visited the store – here’s what she had to say!