Desalpes specializes in materials with a history. The history behind the Ali Lamu collection is a perfect addition to The Desalpes Collection. Ali Lamu’s collection is made of Tanga (Swahili for sails), which are old sails of Kenyian sailingboats, used for hundreds of years and now turned into weekendbags, cosmetic bags and more. Each Ali Lamu bag is handmade from old Kenyan used tarpaulin (100% cotton) unique and painted in the mood of the motion.
The story behind this special weekendbag of Ali Lamu is about the passionate love between an Italian woman and a Kenyan fisherman. Daniela Bateleur, born in Italy, came after years of wanderings through Africa on the Kenyan island of Lamu. One day she walked on the beach when a fisherman, Ali called on her to work because he was looking for a job. The sea was too rough to go fishing that day. She said she had no work for him, but that she was looking for an old sail of local fishermen (tanga). She thought of these old sails as a work of art, created by the wind, the salt water, the sun and the rain during their years of travel across the ocean.
What followed is a passionate love story and the start for this wonderful cooperation. The Ali Lamu collection has a nice collection of weekendbags, daily bags and cosmetic bags. And believe it or not; in a way, you get a little butterflies in your stomach when using these products.