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 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.
ZoZo the baby elephant comes to live on the farm
Alexander & Forbes’ first capture and relocation of a python. With
its abundant prey and water, the farm has always been a magnet for big
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Forbes opens our first jewellery studio in Mauritius.
On Safari in the Zambezi valley, our spiritiual home.
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…
We open up our boutique in the capital city of Nairobi, Kenya.
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.
Forbes and Kate unveil the amazing new Atelier in Mauritius.
To keep busy during the lockdown period imposed in Mauritius, Forbes created the Forged by the Ocean bangle using natural basalt rock to
shape the piece.
Designed to be a celebration of Africa, Patrick Jr designs
the Heart of Africa collection with a unique chevron design to signify
the interwoven cultures of Africa.
Following on the popularity of the 2021 edition of the Heart of Africa, introducing Heart of Africa 2022, inspired by the bold & rich patterns found in our home country of Zimbabwe.