Mahali, meaning market place or plaza in Swahili, is a newly launched online boutique, honouring artisans from around the world.
Featuring designs from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia (and more soon to be added), it is the brainchild of mother and daughter duo Susie Ellis and Justine Smith. Boasting homewares, linens, ceramics and jewellery, they aim to provide wares you’d find yourself in an exotic market, if only you had the time and the plane ticket!
“Growing up in Southern Africa I was blessed to be surrounded by people creating beautiful things,” explains Susie. “As a young girl, I remember visiting a market on the shores of Lake Nakuru, Kenya and watching local women make sisal bags, baskets and placemats and that memory has stayed with me ever since. My daughter and I saw an opening for exclusive and handmade homewares that are not available in the local market.”
Bound together by a love of travel, stylish living and impeccable design, Susie and Justine hope to provide products that reflect where their customers have been and where they hope to go. “We know people can’t spend their lives travelling the world but Mahali can bring it a little closer,” says Susie. “Our pieces tell a story of another land, of travel and of adventure. We believe in owning unique things that tell a story.”