umi Salt Rock

When Kathryn sent me the link to her beautiful brand umi, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. We know I’m a fierce supporter of local and love anything that’s made right here in SA, but when it’s equally beautiful and designed with such care, the admiration turns to obsession.

‘umi’ means life, mother, servant and ocean in Hawaiian, all words which encompass much of the heart behind this KZN brand, which developed from the love of creating and the euphoria felt when finding beautiful things. ‘umi’ also means ’10’ and the initial idea was to only create 10 of each piece, but this has evolved and some items now only come in small runs of 2 or 3, others in larger quantities – but you can always be assured that the items will be unique.

The brand is based in Salt Rock, a tropical paradise up the North Coast of KZN, where the days are balmy and the nights humid. This tropical influence led the Kathryn and her partner Nikki, to giving their bag range Hawaiian names – so you can order a nalu black leather bag, or the large stone kai bag, along with a range of beautiful clutch bags, card wallets, purses, sunglass cases and accessories.

All products are handmade and hand stitched by Nikki and each one is unique, as only small quantities are available and they’re never able to get the same leather twice. The distressed pieces hold a particular charm as they exude character and only improve with age – we all now how amazing a trusty leather bag is that’s been by our side for years!

The current range includes bags and items mentioned already, but there are also fab laptop bags, desk pads and mouse pads, as well as a small range of kid’s items which are new – how cute are those purses?! Most of the items are unisex, so your guys can get in on the action too.
Plus, the item I’m giving away is unisex :)

I’m giving away a beautiful leather desk pad which will fit your laptop and mouse on it – unlike material/silicone versions it looks sexy AF and it won’t get tatty with age – it will just improve in character and wear really well.

TO ENTER: {this giveaway is now closed, winner was Nicola Meyer}
1. Like umi and Ask Ashe on facebook
2. Like umi and Ask Ashe on instagram
3. Leave a comment on this post to say which accounts you’ve followed – you’ll receive 1 entry per account
4. For extra entries, you can leave a comment on any of the giveaway posts saying which item is your fave in the umi range

Gerrit van Zyl


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    25th August 2017 at 11:56 AM

    following both on facebook and instagram
    ah stunning! Love their kapa bag in stone

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    25th August 2017 at 11:52 AM

    this would look great in my office. the card wallet would be great to use.
    following both on fb and ig

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    Chalene C
    25th August 2017 at 11:46 AM

    fantastic quality leather products, love this desk pad for my office or study. Loving the halihali bag in black

    following both FB & IG

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    wendy s
    25th August 2017 at 11:42 AM

    WOW!! loving their leather products. Another fav is the lau bag in stone

    following both on FB and IG

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    bev breeds
    25th August 2017 at 11:33 AM

    following both on IG and FB

    this would be wonderful. love the kapa bag in stone as well

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    Cathy Badenhorst
    25th August 2017 at 10:37 AM

    following both on FB & IG
    would love the desk pad …..the nani purse clutch is stunning

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    23rd August 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Followed both on all platforms!

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    23rd August 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Following on instagram and fb

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    Carol Borodinsky
    23rd August 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Liked and follow both accounts on Facebook and instagram 💗 Stunning products and from my home town.. Even better 😉!

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    23rd August 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Umi and ask Ashe on both Facebook and instagram :)

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    Courtney Sharp
    23rd August 2017 at 12:54 PM

    All 4 done <3

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    Nicola Meyer
    23rd August 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Following on Instagram and Facebook

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    22nd August 2017 at 10:00 PM

    Like both Umi and Ask Ashe on Instagram an Facebook! Good luck guys, may the best person win! Yay!

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    Lynnith Andreou
    21st August 2017 at 6:49 PM

    This is such an awesome piece! Liked both on instagram and facebook

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    Lauryn Acutt
    21st August 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Following both accounts on Facebook and Instagram.
    LOVE your Nani Purse. ❤️

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    emlyn THOMAS
    21st August 2017 at 5:47 PM

    facebook and instagram

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    21st August 2017 at 5:15 PM

    following umi and Ask Ashe on facebook
    following umi and Ask Ashe on IG

    love their nani purse

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    Kim Dyer
    21st August 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Following both on Facebook, and both on Instagram. Adore the desk pad and would love a matching casual sunglasses case to add to my desk. Functional and so cool… 🙌🏼😎🙌🏼 #grabthosesunniesandrun

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    Ryan Quevauvilliers
    21st August 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Followed both accounts on Instagram and Facebook

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    Fong-Chih Huang
    21st August 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Liked on fb. The large stone kai bag looks fabulous!

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    Andrea Barras
    21st August 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Liked all FB pages and Insties accounts!

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    21st August 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Liked umi and Ask Ashe on Facebook and Instagram

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    Karen Ferreira/Feuth
    21st August 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Hi, I have followed both FB and Insta accounts. I love the desk pad….absolute must have.

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    Mia Haywood
    21st August 2017 at 4:10 PM

    I’ve followed both accounts on Facebook & Instagram :)

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    21st August 2017 at 4:09 PM

    1. Liked umi and Ask Ashe on facebook
    2. Followed umi and Ask Ashe on instagram

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    Kim de Villiers
    21st August 2017 at 4:04 PM

    I have liked and am following all four accounts……love the Umi range and would love the stunning desk pad!

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    Kirsty Robinson
    21st August 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Liked both accounts on Facebook and Insta.

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    Candice Vincent
    21st August 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Followed Umi on Facebook and Instagram. Followed Ask Ashe on Facebook and Instagram. Love love love all Umi products but love the leather desk pad ❤❤❤

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    Nicole Naicker
    21st August 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Shared and Followed on both FB and Instagram

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    21st August 2017 at 3:54 PM

    I’ve like all 4

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    Priscilla Boscombe
    21st August 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Liked both on fb and insta

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    21st August 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Done, Done, Done and Done. By far my fav is the Sunglasses case! <3

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