About Us

Handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1947

Corbeau has been a dependable and established name in the manufacturing of quality handmade exotic leather handbags and accessories for more than 70 years. The German founders and later the subsequent owner have ensured ongoing quality and passion of Corbeau’s handmade craftsmanship since its inception in 1947.

Corbeau Entrance - Office image
Work Desk 2

Our Staff

Some of the staff members have 20 and even 30 years’ experience within the company. For many, it was their first job experience and they are still enjoying passing their knowledge and expertise on to the new generation today. We are passionate about skills development and encouraging growth in the industry. Pre-World War II, The founder family manufactured machinery for the leather manufacturing trade in Offenbach Germany. There is still a pre-war machine which is currently in daily use in the production room, proving that anything associated with the Corbeau brand is made to last in here to stay!


Llewellyn Whitfield

Originally from the Free State and after farming for several years and owning various businesses, Llewellyn decided to enter the world of exotic leathers. His savvy business acumen has seen the company grow since he took ownership in May 2013.


Erica Martheze

Erica has been with the company since 2010 and manages the workflow. She will assist you with any queries regarding orders, products and showroom sales.


Patricia Visagie

With over 30 years experience in the trade, Patti is our go-to person for design and pattern making.

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