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About us

Welcome to Hot Pink Frog Designs. Marie founded this proudly South African business in 2012 and the brand embodies her love of colour and style.

Our studio overlooks the mountains in the upper valley of Hout Bay and we are inspired by the vibrant colours of nature.


Our designs are simple, elegant, unique, retro, and fun.


The finest quality genuine leather and hardware is sourced from local suppliers to create our bags.

All of our bags are made entirely by hand.  Marie designs the patterns for each bag and the leather is cut by hand with a knife.  Stitching holes are created using a stitching chisel and nylon mallet.  All of the stitching is done by hand using two harness needles and waxed thread.



Why hand-stitching? Each item is sewn in the traditional way using the age old saddle stitching method. This creates a superior finish as the thread passes through each hole twice, doubling the strength of the stitches. With machine-sewn lockstitch, if one stitch breaks all of the stitches can unravel.



It can take up to four times longer to produce a hand-stitched item but it results in a quality durable product.

We welcome you to join us on our colourful journey and thank you for supporting local artisans.