Wolf & Maiden Goes On Safari

The Paul Newman weekender bag and Wolfpack go on Safari

The finest handcrafted, vegetable tanned leather bags from Wolf & Maiden Creative Studio were top of the DECO Safari Essentials list. Armed with the Paul Newman weekender,the Wolfpack backpack and The Hemmingway notebook cover, the DECO team landed on the dusty airstrip near Kruger Park – more than ready to shoot the Travel feature on recently revamped Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge.

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Paul Newman weekender bag in tan was a match made in heaven with the soft grey interiors at Lebombo

DECO loves nothing more than a good story, and how Wolf & Maiden Creative Studio came to be is one such fateful instance. During his travels in 2011, studio owner Wade Skinner twice crossed paths on opposite ends of India with a mysterious French leathersmith. In return for Wade’s help with food and board, the Frenchman crafted for him an intricate leather tobacco pouch. Inspired by this experience, Wade immersed himself into the art of leather craft, and the Wolf & Maiden brand has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Perfected by master craftsmen and passed down through generations, the time-honoured technique of saddle stitching ensures optimum reliability and strength, rendered with venerable finesse and elegance. Through this time-intensive method, with full attention to detail, our master craftsmen meticulously sculpt and assemble each one of our creations by hand…

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Wolfpack in chocolate brown and the Paul Newman weekender travelled to Lebombo with DECO

Wolf & Maiden describe their exquisite artisanal leather items as Crafted Heritage – ‘An impassioned salute to the craftsmanship of old, with a design ethos embedded firmly in the future’s gaze.’ Quite frankly, we couldn’t put it in better words ourselves. Wolf & Maiden leatherware is saddle-stiched and designed to last – better yet, designed to improve with age. Additionally, DECO sourced their  high quality Safari Essential items soley from businesses that follow sustainable business practices and use environmentally friendly materials – such as Wolf & Maiden. Their sumptuous  handcrafted and hand stitched leather products  come in colors of tan, chocolate, nude and black, are tanned with extracts from tree bark and vegetable matter, and finally sealed with beeswax.

Sustainable elegance and a passion-charged penchant for timeless beauty.

The Hemmingway notebook cover as seen at Megan's writing inspiration spots at Lebombo
The Hemmingway notebook cover as seen on location at Lebombo in Megan’s various writing inspiration spots around the lodge
And should you planning a little foray into the unknown sometime soon, (perhaps inspired by DECO’s feature on Singita Lebombo) there are additional exquisitely handcrafted travel items available at Wolf & Maiden. One should travel much and often, and why not do it in first class style…
Wolf & Maiden provide the ultimate classy traveling gear. Clockwise from top left: Kerouac duffel in black; Bon voyage travel wallet tan; wolf pack nude; Paul Newman weekender nude; The Walking Man's Whisky set in black; The Hemmingway in nude
Wolf & Maiden provide the ultimate classy traveling gear. Clockwise from top left: Kerouac duffel in black; Bon voyage travel wallet tan; wolf pack nude; Paul Newman weekender nude; The Walking Man’s Whisky set in black; The Hemmingway in nude

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For more on our adventure in Singita Lebombo read DECO Safari Essentials and Destination Singita Lebombo


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