Grand Designs Live, the inspirational home, decor and garden show, has become an annual pilgrimage for home owners & decor enthusiasts across South Africa. DECO looks back at this year’s event, revealing our stylish wardrobe secrets.
This year’s ELLE Decoration stand at Grand Designs Live, perched high up above the event space in our very own treehouse, was carefully curated by DECO Stylist Ilana Swanepoel, taking on the challenge of creating a modern, trend-led bedroom.
In addition to our contemporary suspended wardrobe by the the talented Tim Church and statement bed bedecked in Hästens checkerboard linen, our wardrobe of clothes was hand-picked from a range of South African designers and local stylish retailers.
Introducing our wardrobe secrets – the brands that filled the walls, cupboard and drawers…
For one-of-a-kind, South African-made, knitted products, Spinknits has you covered. With a variety of beautifully knitted scarves, beanies and jerseys you are sure to find the perfect fit. Using only natural yarns they offer products in wool, cotton, mohair, angora, alpaca and silk.
Spinknits offers a stylish way to be socially conscious providing an outlet for creative women who are unable to market their own goods and so enabling them to provide employment in their own communities.
They have workshops throughout South Africa as well as receiving cotton and mohair products from Swaziland. As all their items are individually made, they often include the workshop and maker on the label, which makes the all the more special.
You can visit their store at the Watershed, located at the V&A Waterfront.
MUNGO & JEMIMA
Kirsty Bannerman and Marian Park-Ross started Mungo & Jemima in 2008 and ever since it has been the place to find local designer clothing. With a variety of female designers, that include brands like Selfi, Margot Molyneux and Coppelia, it is no surprise that the store has has dominated the market with their relaxed South African style.
Their flagship store is located in the heart of Cape Town in Longstreet, with a second store at the V&A Waterfront, but fear not if you don’t live in the Mother City: their online store ships country wide.
ADRIAAN KNUITER + JODY PAULSEN
Adriaan Kuiter + Jody Paulsen‘s partnership has established them as South African design royalty. Initially started by former industrial designer Keith Henning under the name Adriaan Kuiter, the brand became well known for its sophistication and quality.
Adriaan and Jody’s partnership started after Keith approached three local artists to develop graphics for a collection. Now sharing both names, the brand has prospered into one of South Africa’s most recognisable designer brands.
Take Care is a womenswear label established by Jessica Harwood in 2008. Now in its ninth season the label has been successful due to the quality and impeccable style of the garments. In 2013 the brand embarked on including luxurious pieces made from cashmere, wool, silk and handmade leather shoes. Take Care occupies a beautiful space with fellow designer Adriaan Kruiter in Kloofstreet; be sure to pop in.
Established in 2012, PICHULIK came to be after owner Katherine-Mary Pichulik took a trip to India. As a trained artist and patissier, her boldness and taste has made PICHULIK one of South Africa’s premier local designers. The collections are inspired by the intimate relationship women have with their jewellery and all it reveals.
Non-European started as a collaboration between the founder of the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design, her husband and a young graduate Tarien Malherbe. The brand is build on memories and heritage and how they’ve been propelled into the present – with an understanding of being truly South African and aiming to build a new South African identity in terms of design and apparel.
DEAR RAE JEWELLERY
Karin Rae Matthee has developed Dear Rae Jewellery into a must-have fine jewellery brand. Designed to be worn everyday, it becomes an extension of a personality. Using simplistic forms and natural lines in a variety of materials it celebrates the beauty of functionality.
A driving force in the business is Karin’s passion for empowering local craftsmen; working with five hand-picked employees, they make each Dear Rae piece by hand.
Kingdom can be located in the trendy Woodstock Exchange, designing and dealing in eclectic pieces. Kingdom bursts with items spanning from vintage collectables, locally-made hats, bamboo watches and bespoke imported clothing. The shop is carefully curated with only exceptional pieces, making the shopping experience at Kingdom unique.
August is the brainchild of Robyn Victor, a Cape Town based designer who moved to the city in 2002. After working in the retail industry for three years, Robyn decided to launch her own label August in 2009. Inspired by both resort style and the casual South African life, Robyn makes clothing that women really want to wear.
Visit her stall at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed.
Glitterati is a vintage and retro clothing shop situated in the iconic antique arcade in Long Street, Cape Town, with clothing and accessories spanning from the full-skirts in the ’50s to the leg-warmers from the ’80’s. The incredible condition of the clothing, some in its original packaging, is what makes Glitterati one Cape Town’s supreme vintage stores.
MARETH-COLLEEN is the brainchild of forceful fashion duo Mareth van der Walt and Colleen Lesch. This passionate pair started their partnership after collaborating on a wedding dress. Now they have their own label dedicated to ready-to-wear women’s apparel.
Sourcing local materials and services has resulted in a fully-fledged community upliftment project, where rural makers develop their craft and skills by doing intricate beadwork.
Established in 1999, Revolution is a high-end skating store decked with skateboards decorated in mother of pearl. Throughout the years the store’s focus has spread to include other sports and now encompasses music and design, which are inseparable elements from the brand’s image and form an integral part of the Revolution lifestyle.
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