Tsonga Usapho Hazel


The journey began in the late 1990s when cheap imported footwear flooded the South African market, forcing many shoe manufacturers to close their doors.

Tsonga’s founder, Peter Maree, who at the time already had two decades of experience in the industry, embraced the challenge. He saw an opportunity for a niche market in high-quality leather footwear with a uniquely African style and the comfort that only hand-stitching can provide.

We are not perfect, we are simply on a journey to become a better business everyday. What does that mean? Simple. If we can do one thing each and everyday to help us become a more environmentally minded and socially conscious business, imagine where we will be in the next 20 years. At Tsonga we dream big. Our journey started 20 years ago when our goal was to create a brand that believed there was more to business than profit.

“I wanted to create a range of shoes and handbags, inspired by Africa. The hand-stitching skills of the women of the village of Lidgetton, close to my home in South Africa, are renowned. I thought that together we could create something quite unique and wonderful”.

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