Who is behind ROKA?
Founded by friends Brett Katz and Mark Gordon, they decided to take on a new venture using 30 years of past experience.
Brett & Mark are both from South Africa. Mark is the founder of the House of Busby which became South Africa’s leading master retail franchisor. Busby retail has the exclusive rights to top international brands including Aldo, Guess, Forever New, Karen Millen, Mango, Nine West, Kipling, Tumi, Topshop and Topman. The group employs more than 2000 people and operates over 300 stand-alone and concession stores.. It’s a story of growth, brand integrity and success.
Brett is a ‘hands on’ entrepreneur with financial and operational experience of start-ups, high growth, project management, business turnaround in the Retail and Wholesale sector. He built his own retail chain and built and distributed brands, Roket Dog, Blow Fish and Urban Outfitters private brands including Free People for over 15 years..
ROKA London opened an office based in London, which is managed by Brett.
The ROKA brand was created to build a design driven global brand that produces quality products with a “wow” factor.
The “Bantry” is our core bag. It was created for the everyday commuters and is a cool, functional and a well priced bag. It was thoughtfully designed and is super practical.
Some features of the “Bantry”
- The bags are washable / a simple wet sponge does the job.
- The bags and packaging are REACH compliant.
- Yes they are animal friendly and vegan.
- They are produced in socially compliant factories.
- Tough and durable they are, while being light in weight.
- London rain is no prob, they are water resistant!
More About the collection
There are multiple colours and new colours, fabrics, prints will be continuously added to keep it exciting and fresh. It is an all year item, totally unisex and is available in two sizes- regular and mini.
ROKA brand + ROKA shop
Two different ventures!
In addition to the ROKA brand, we decided to open a ROKA shop whereby we will source other interesting brands that fit in with our ethos. The first of such a brand is Moses.
This will always make our site interesting as there will always be new surprises!
The way ahead
Part of our expansion and growth will be collaborations with artists, designers and concept stores. Additionally more styles wil be added and a cool ROKA luggage category is in the pipeline.