Luxury Africa

Our Heritage

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 game reserve 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 an Alexander, Forbes, Patrick 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 to bring delight and to showcase 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.

1978

The earrings that Patrick made for Catja

1983

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

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

1987

ZoZo the baby elephant comes to live on the farm

1987

Patrick casts his first Silver Elephant

1988

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

1988

1989

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

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

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

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

1997

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

1998

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 friends bum

1998

2001

2001

The new  Studio in Zimbabwe is completed

2003

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

2003

2004

2004

The London Flagship Store opens in Chelsea

2005

After a number of cocktails in Barbados observing Green Monkeys Patrick designs the ultimate bar accessory - The Monkey Swizzle Stick

2005

2006

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

2006

2006

Forbes opens our first jewellery studio in Mauritius

2007

We create our iconic Fari Tree and Candelabra table centre piece, there is no greater theatre than the dining table…

2008

On Safari in the Zambezi Valley, our spiritual home

2008

2009

2009

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

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

2013

We open up our boutique in Nairobi, capital of East Africa’s Kenya

2014

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

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

2016

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

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 Atelier
in Mauritius