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A self-taught tanner of game hides and chamois leathers, company founder CEJ Selke, was employed as both game ranger and tanner at Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa in 1960’s. Moving from there in the early 1970’s to form his own company, Selke Leathercraft, Justin and Colleen Selke soon changed the company direction from tanning hides to producing leather products in 1974. In the early days their focus was on handbags, wallets, belts and sandals.
In 1986 their son, Trevor, joined the company and within a few years shifted the focus away from curio leather goods to outdoor gear, with the emphasis on leather and canvas, broad-brimmed hats, functional footwear and travel luggage.
Now, nearly 50 years on, two generations of the Selke family have established the company as a leader in African outdoor apparel, with sales locally and internationally.
Rogue is still very much a family business, with both Trevor and Mary actively involved in the design, manufacturing and management of the Rogue range.
Situated in the town of Hazyview, Mpumalanga, the company is still close to its roots near the Kruger National Park and draws strongly from its proud South African heritage.
Selke Leathercraft currently employs around 50 Shangaan / Tsonga staff, most of whom are from the surrounding towns and villages. Almost all have come to us untrained, learnt their skills from scratch and have been with us for most of their working lives.