El Sole was established in 1980.

In the 80’s and early 90’s El Sole manufactured leather products for its retail outlet in George as well as for its wholesale customers  and soon became well known for the quality of the products it made. Leather products manufactured at El Sole’s factory included handbags, purses, wallets, sandals and belts.

In the late 1990’s the South African Leather Goods Market became flooded with cheap leather imports which severely affected El Sole’s ability to effectively compete in a price sensitive market. To survive this challenge the company started to do repairs on leather items and soon gained an excellent reputation for its ability to repair and restore leather goods.

Helen Kotze (Henry), one of the founding members of El Sole continued to be involved in the business up until today. In 2017 she sold the business and has taken up the roll of Coach where she patiently coaches and teaches the staff of El Sole the art of leather repairs for which the business has become so very well known for.

2020 sees the El Sole being split into two independent business units:

El Sole Repairs & Alterations will focus on repairs of all leather goods, shoes & boots, clothing alterations as well as the retail of a limited range of leather goods including leather skins, leather craft tools and the components used in making leather products.

El Sole Crafted Leather goes back to the manufacturing heritage of El Sole combining the art of leather craft with technology to produce beautiful quality leather products.

After 40 years of trading, El Sole continues to serve customers from near and far. What can we do for you?


  • Bag repairs
  • Shoes & boot repairs
  • Biker gear repairs
  • Clothing alterations
  • Wholesale to the public