This makes us incredibly happy. Maison Mara is a concept store in Cape Town owned by Kelly Withey. This magical shop sells fashion, skincare and magazines, stocking brands like Kenzo, Acne, Proenza Schouler and Petit Bateau. We sat down with Kelly to find out her style secrets…
What is your background? I am half British, half Kenyan but moved to France 10 years ago where I studied Fashion Design in Paris — hence my obsession for beautiful French brands.
What are you wearing today? I’m wearing a pair of Acne jeans with a JW Anderson logo sweater and my favorite Prada brogues.
South African designers on your radar? Lalesso and Okapi.
What are you listening to at the moment? She Pretends by Isaac delusion and Christine by Christine and the Queens.
Reading? The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
Downloading? I don’t download, streaming is the new downloading. But my favorite film is La Grande Belleza.
Top 5 people to follow on instagram:
@copernifemme an amazing duo of French designers
@AskAdeline for cool fashion photography
@GabrielleKannemeyer for great styling,
@SpleenFactorymagazine the best new magazine out there
@MaisonMaraCapeTown of course
Favourite quote from a book?
Eileen Gray said
To create, one must first question everything
Best advice you have ever received? Tom Ford’s ’15 Things Everyman Man Should Have’. Every birthday I give something from this list to my boyfriend.
Worst decor trend? Modern Baroque furniture.
Best shop for decor? Chez moi Paris and L’eclaireur in St Ouen.
Top restaurant in the world? Hemelhuijs for the most delicious lunch! And the Septime in Paris.
Bubbles or beer? Bubbles everytime!