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Our Story


In September 2010 after months of development, Beleave was launched at an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues at Nourish Café, Durban North. The initial design process had begun the previous November. The idea was to create a premium African brand that focussed on the environment, bringing attention to the diverse fauna and flora of Southern Africa.

Beleave : "to celebrate the collaboration of original design and environmental awareness. An art initiative for everyone who believes in Africa."

Be'leave' to be left. Those who remained - the beleaven. 

Postcards were developed as swing tags, an item that would usually be discarded now had a secondary function. The card is composed of recycled bamboo and paper pulp, with a twine cord.

Local Fabric

Estd. 1928 Frame Knitting - Suppliers of premium quality circular knit fabrics

  • SADAC accredited yarns sourced in Zimbabwe 
  • Knitted and dyed in Mobeni. Durban 
  • Listed by the SABS as a certified supplier 
  • Woolworths correlated testing laboratory 

Frame product is proudly sourced and manufactured within the sub-continent

Beleave tees are manufactured using 165gm Frame combed single jersey

  • 100% Cotton 28 guage 
  • Grey Cotton Poly 85/15
  • Charcoal Cotton Poly 52/48 
  • Oatmeal Cotton Poly 60/40

The colour palette and fabric compositions are updated annually, these are based on international trend forecasts.

The Jacksons 

In April 2009 the Jacksons bought an old caravan and embarked on a road trip. This was the first of many journeys criss crossing the provinces. Opting for small towns and less travelled roads, we have covered a significant portion of South Africa and most of it's SAN Parks. These travels have inspired us and we hope that we have captured a small piece of South Africa in each of our products.

 

About the Artist

Arno Jackson was born in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1973. 
He was raised in a small railway house by his Grandparents Pat and Bill.
 
As a boy Arno collected eggs whilst birding his local conservancies, and spent hours thereafter replicating the work of Kenneth Newman (Newman’s Garden Birds of Southern Africa) & Hazel Stokes.
(Garden Birds - Eggs & Nests)
 
Aged 8, Arno enrolled in a social art class, which he continued until matriculation.
In 1992 he enrolled at M.L Sultan Technikon to study Graphic Design.
 
At the end of March 2010, after 16 years in Branded Apparel, he embarked on a new adventure.
The Beleave in Africa Co. works closely with retailers to create products for the Eco-Tourism Industry in Southern Africa. Proceeds from the sales of Collaborative Projects are donated to NPO’s to assist in their valuable Conservation Initiatives.
 
Arno and his family now reside in the leafy suburb of Hillcrest KZN. He shares his home with his wife Kathryn (Senior Primary Teacher) and 2 children, Emily aged 19 (Currently 2nd year BSc Zoology, Entomology & Ichthyology) and Thomas aged 15 (Life-list on 673 Bird species in Southern Africa)
 
He is currently working on an illustrated book –“ the Birds of North America.”

“Arno Jackson is not only a knowledgeable and passionate birdwatcher, but he also supports the conservation of Southern Africa’s birds. He has assisted BirdLife South Africa, the only dedicated bird conservation organization in South Africa, with the development and sale of beautiful t-shirts, including Bird of the Year. These t-shirts raise awareness about birds and, importantly, generate much-needed funds for the conservation of South Africa’s threatened species.”  Mark D. Anderson  CEO Birdlife South Africa     

“The Jackson family are passionate birders. It is thus little surprise that Beleave was chosen to produce the “Bird of the Year” t-shirts for BirdLife S.A, South Africa’s leading bird conservation organization. Arno’s stylish and evocative images of the various threatened species have become much sought after. 2018’s original and daring African Black Oystercatcher design reaches new heights in this regard. This synergy between artistic talent and environmental commitment is a hallmark of the Beleave brand. When not in the design studio you’ll find the Jacksons out in the Wilds of Africa tracking down new birds and other wildlife.”  David Allan Curator of Birds. Durban Natural Science Museum