Luxury Africa

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Elephant

Our story began out of love

Patrick created a pair of earrings for his wife Catja, who wore them to the hair salon, where her hairdresser saw them and requested that a pair be made for her. Soon afterwards, all the other ladies who went to the salon were asking for similar earrings and from this gift of love, our journey as Africa’s luxury house began.

Patrick and Catja have injected their style and creativity into the magical environment of their home and studio in the sanctuary of the Umwimsi Valley where they brought up their four sons.

From day one, the boys grew up immersed in the creative surroundings of their father’s studio. Alexander, Forbes, Patrick Jnr and Benjamin infused the house of Mavros with their enthusiasm, creativity and passion with a serious pinch of fun...

Marrying intricate craftsmanship with an intrepid family heritage, every piece that we make has been designed by a member of the family with the sole intention of bringing delight and showcasing the very best of African luxury.

Love pervades everything connected with our business, from the design and production of our works of art to the care and attention given to serving our customers and friends and, of course, our love of Africa.

The earrings that Patrick made for Catja

1978

The earrings that Patrick made for Catja

1983

The first version of the studio in Zimbabwe is built. Alexander and Forbes thought it was the best tree house they had ever seen.

1983

The first version of the studio in Zimbabwe is built. Alexander and Forbes thought it was the best tree house they had ever seen.

Lance Corporal Hartley Chimsoro, the African Grey Parrot, arrives on Mpata Farm and immediately starts developing his extensive vocabulary. Everyone strenuously denies they taught him any swear words.

1986

Lance Corporal Hartley Chimsoro, the African Grey Parrot, arrives on Mpata Farm and immediately starts developing his extensive vocabulary. Everyone strenuously denies they taught him any swear words.

1986

1987

ZoZo the baby elephant comes to live on the farm.

1987

ZoZo the baby elephant comes to live on the farm.

Patrick casts his first silver elephant.

1987

Patrick casts his first silver elephant.

Alexander & Forbes’ first capture and relocation of a python. With its abundant prey and water, the farm has always been a magnet for big pythons.

1988

Alexander & Forbes’ first capture and relocation of a python. With its abundant prey and water, the farm has always been a magnet for big pythons.

1988

1989

The Guinea Fowl Trio is created as Patrick starts to work on larger and more ambitious pieces. They set the tone for the style of pieces to come.

1989

The Guinea Fowl Trio is created as Patrick starts to work on larger and more ambitious pieces. They set the tone for the style of pieces to come.

The classic Elephant Candelabra Pair is made and heralds the start of our long love affair with candelabra and designing spectacular pieces for the dining room.

1992

The classic Elephant Candelabra Pair is made and heralds the start of our long love affair with candelabra and designing spectacular pieces for the dining room.

1992

1995

Pat makes his Dachshund, Ant, an anti-python helmet out of an upturned soup ladle, protruding six inch nails and an elastic band as the chin strap.

1995

Pat makes his Dachshund, Ant, an anti-python helmet out of an upturned soup ladle, protruding six inch nails and an elastic band as the chin strap.

The Gorilla Family and Palm Candelabra is conceived and created and becomes the largest and most impressive centrepiece we have made to this point.

1996

The Gorilla Family and Palm Candelabra is conceived and created and becomes the largest and most impressive centrepiece we have made to this point.

1997

Alexander makes the Elephant and Tortoise Cigar Ashtray, a gift for his parent’s wedding anniversary.

1997

Alexander makes the Elephant and Tortoise Cigar Ashtray, a gift for his parent’s wedding anniversary.

In the much-loved Ele Mustard Pot, the elephant holds the pot whilst a monkey forms part of the spoon and lies across the top of the elephant and tickles his friend's bum.

1998

In the much-loved Ele Mustard Pot, the elephant holds the pot whilst a monkey forms part of the spoon and lies across the top of the elephant and tickles his friend's bum.

1998

2001

The new studio in Zimbabwe is completed.

2001

The new studio in Zimbabwe is completed.

Lance Corporal Hartley Chimsoro, the African Grey Parrot, survives a hawk attack and is immediately promoted to Captain, and gets lots of kisses from Catja.

2003

Lance Corporal Hartley Chimsoro, the African Grey Parrot, survives a hawk attack and is immediately promoted to Captain, and gets lots of kisses from Catja.

2003

2004

The London Flagship Store opens in Chelsea.

2004

The London Flagship Store opens in Chelsea.

After a number of cocktails in Barbados observing green monkeys, Patrick designs the ultimate bar accessory: the Monkey Swizzle Stick.

2005

After a number of cocktails in Barbados observing green monkeys, Patrick designs the ultimate bar accessory: the Monkey Swizzle Stick.

2005

We launch the beloved ZoZo Collection, inspired by the little orphan elephant who came to live on our farm.

2006

We launch the beloved ZoZo Collection, inspired by the little orphan elephant who came to live on our farm.

2006

Forbes opens our first jewellery studio in Mauritius.

2006

Forbes opens our first jewellery studio in Mauritius.

We create our iconic Fari Tree and Candelabra table centrepiece. There is no greater theatre than the dining table…

2007

We create our iconic Fari Tree and Candelabra table centrepiece. There is no greater theatre than the dining table…

On safari in the Zambezi Valley, our spiritual home.

2008

On safari in the Zambezi Valley, our spiritual home.

2008

2009

Forbes releases the timeless African design of the Elephant Hair Bangle in Sterling Silver and 18 Carat Gold.

2009

Forbes releases the timeless African design of the Elephant Hair Bangle in Sterling Silver and 18 Carat Gold.

On Boxing Day, a zebra from the farm follows the donkeys into the stable block and we name him Boxer. He much prefers the comforts of a stable, horse food and being groomed. We like his style…

2012

On Boxing Day, a zebra from the farm follows the donkeys into the stable block and we name him Boxer. He much prefers the comforts of a stable, horse food and being groomed. We like his style…

2012

2013

We open up our boutique in the capital city of Nairobi, Kenya.

2013

We open up our boutique in the capital city of Nairobi, Kenya.

Forbes and Kate launch the Sea Urchin Collection, our first range to incorporate precious stones.

2014

Forbes and Kate launch the Sea Urchin Collection, our first range to incorporate precious stones.

Patrick Jnr’s Pangolin Collection, in collaboration with the photographs by Adrian Stern, raises incredible awareness on a global scale for the plight of the world’s most trafficked mammals.

2016

Patrick Jnr’s Pangolin Collection, in collaboration with the photographs by Adrian Stern, raises incredible awareness on a global scale for the plight of the world’s most trafficked mammals.

2016

Benji finds an abandoned baby zebra in Matabeleland who he brings home and we name Abby.

2016

Benji finds an abandoned baby zebra in Matabeleland who he brings home and we name Abby.

Maximos, Patrick’s grandson gets taken on his first python capture and relocation mission with Uncle Pat.

2018

Maximos, Patrick’s grandson gets taken on his first python capture and relocation mission with Uncle Pat.

2018

2018

Forbes and Kate unveil the amazing new Atelierin Mauritius.

2018

Forbes and Kate unveil the amazing new Atelier
in Mauritius.