Shopping Spotlight: Thandana

Thandana is a proudly South African brand that focuses on creating well-crafted luggage and bags.

All their products are handmade by a team of skilled artisans in Durban and Zululand. The brand is passionate about supporting and empowering the local community.

Side note: The word Thandana means 'to love one another' in Zulu.

Recently, I was gifted one of their beautiful 'Jen' backpacks in the colour hazelnut (you can choose from five colours).

When it arrived, I was instantly impressed with the overall quality. I loved the buttery-soft leather, sturdy zipper and that there is waterproof lining. After wearing it a few times,  I found it comfortable to carry and a good size for a day trip (I foresee myself using it quite a lot in the future).

There are quite a few other styles I love by this brand, here are four of my favourites ( all the details below):

1. The 'Jax' leather handbag - classic and perfect for the lady who carries too much.
2. Baby Nappy leather backpack - probably the best baby bag I've seen in ages
3. Large Weekender - laminated, waterproof fabric with leather straps. fun & functional
4. Medium Leather Traveller bag - A perfect, timeless overnight bag

Tell me - Which one of their bags is your favourite? 

To see all their products, pop over HERE 

Oh and... Thandana ships all over South Africa and internationally. 


  1. My absolute favourite would have to be "Medium Traveller Bag Leather". I love a bag that could function as my normal handbag but I can put enough goodies in for a weekend away. The colour "Tobacco leather" is my favourite as it's not too dark (I'm trying to stay away from black as per instructions from my mom) but also not too light that it would get dirty easily.

  2. The large weekender looks super useful!

  3. The medium travel leather bag is definitely my favourite. As someone who loves going on weekends away it would be perfect and because it's leather it would be very durable. The fact that it looks amazing is an added binus

  4. I quite like the Jax leather handbag. Recently I've been needing a bigger handbag to carry some of my boyfriend's things when we go out 😂 this one seems like a great size

  5. Tracy Benjamin18 June 2019 at 19:47

    Jax leather handbag is my absolute fav!!!

  6. Heidi de Goede18 June 2019 at 20:42

    The traveller bag is so pretty!

  7. The Tote leather handbag in mustard yellow is my absolute favourite! 💛

  8. I love love the Jax Leather Handbag which is just the right size for my everyday needs and its gorgeous as well.

  9. They have beautiful bags but my favorite has to be the Tote Handbag in Metallic Leather

  10. I love the Medium Leather Traveler bag and the Jen backpacks in hazelnut is gorgeous.

  11. I love the Medium Leather Traveler bag and Jen backpacks in hazelnut is gorgeous

  12. The Jen Backpack looks gorgeous in all shades but the Hazlenut one looks like it would work with so many outfits... good size too

  13. Inlove with the medium leather traveller bag ����

  14. Definitely no. 4 Love love love ♡♡♡

  15. Ooh number 4 (medium leather travel bag) is a winner for me! So classic and something I'd use OFTEN!

  16. I absolutely love the Jax Leather handbag. Its beautiful.

  17. The 'Jen' ofcourse! It's perfect for everyday and travelling essentials ��

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  19. I love the roll up toiletry bag in the laminated fabric. I have a weakness for all types of bags. Thandana makes gorgeous ones. Instagram name : Khadija Fakir (khadijafakir)

  20. I love No.4 Medium Leather Traveller bag,the ultimate weekend bag.

  21. I love the'Jax' leather handbag

  22. Candice Vincent26 June 2019 at 12:34

    I love the 'Jax' leather handbag

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  24. Definitely the Jax ��

  25. There are so many on my fav list but next in line is the Katie Sling Clutch. I would use this for the days and nights I don’t have to take my Thandana Nappy Backpack along.

    1. I love the Jen Backpack �� handy this winter.


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