Jaqueline Burge started Rarity Handbags at the turn of the century as a dream to create beautiful and unique products. With a deep love of Africa, and for its dynamic and vibrant people, Jacqueline has found her ongoing motivation.
South Africa has inspired the world, and Rarity strives to encompass all our wonderful assets and to translate them into a flawless, contemporary product that exemplifies this. The Rarity studio at the foot of Table Mountain, was the first of its kind in developing hide leather manufacture in Cape Town, and has been creating meaningful employment and training dedicated artisans since its inception.
The passion of the Rarity’s Artisans continues to inspire our Clients, and is the foundation of Rarity’s ongoing evolution and success.
Completing Fine Arts at the UCT Michealis school of Art Jacqueline moved directly into manufacture, designing products and overseeing the manufacture concern for Reptile Trading.
On the closure of the company Rarity was conceptualized, as a response to a niche market that her previous company would not pursue. Jaqueline was one of the first entrepreneurs to be awarded the ANC Youth league Umsobomvu business bursary this together with her past experience helped Jaqueline mould the business practices of Rarity.
Rarity introduced Springbok and Nguni products into the South African Avant-garde, Luxury market in 2002, and the export market in 2004, Rarity’s unique Products have gained quick recognition and popularity and Princess Mary of Denmark used a Rarity designed and made Ostrich leg Clutch at the Monaco royal wedding in 2012. Intellectual combinations of leathers and materials and the interpretation are our trademark for emerging markets.