In July 2012, Claire van Turenhout and her partner Peter Zemp embarked on launching a passion project Jinger Jack Leather Goods, that has since evolved to ZEMP, a Lifestyle Brand.
South African born Claire, whilst living in the Netherlands established a career in the fashion and design-furniture industry. Her desire to live in Cape Town drew her back to South Africa in 2010. Over the next two years she worked in the design and game leather industry gaining experience and realising that there was a market gap for minimalistic, stylish designer leather goods.
During this period Peter visited South Africa for business in retail fashion, where he fell in love with the country and Claire. Their love of the outdoors and shared passion for design and creating happy customers ultimately led them to team up in business as well as start their brand of uniqueness.
Peter and Claire’s business began by designing belts on their kitchen table that can still be found at their store in Woodstock. From there the brand gradually expanded to include clutches, sling bags, handbags, wallets, nappy, camera and weekend bags. The goods are sold via a network of high-end lifestyle and fashion stores across South Africa as well as online stores. The strategy proved to be very successful which set a trend and was soon followed by others.
Over the years, the company has built up a loyal customer base, and has recently decided to branch out into watches as a first step in offering additional lifestyle products.
Recent developments regarding trademark rights made Peter and Claire reconsider the name ‘Jinger Jack,’ and settled upon ‘ZEMP’. The company’s core values regarding quality, customer service and innovation remain as important as they have always been.
Claire and Peter live in Langebaan from where they manage marketing, design and production sourcing while ZEMP’s distribution operations and the ZEMP store are located in Woodstock, Cape Town.