Schier Vellies

Schier Shoes has been making velskoen out of Swakopmund, Namibia since 1935. 8 guys make them completely by hand and turn out 20 pairs of vellies a day. of course if you’re a south african you’ll know velskoene well as we all grew up with them – you probably call them vellies or skoens or veldskoene (as i always have). this humble shoe has been enjoying a  fashion revival in the past few years, popping up in all our department stores and being worn by the young & hip. i suppose vellies are to south africans what clogs are to the swedes – people will keep wearing them whether they are cool or not.

Velskoen, pronounced “fell-skoon” and known colloquially as “vellies,” are the ancestor of the modern-day desert boot. Vellies were first made in the 1600s, inspired by the footwear of the Khoikhoi tribe and crafted using raw materials. Later, our vellies were adapted by British travellers, packaged and renamed to be what we now know as desert boots.

Schier recently collaborated with Opening Ceremony to produce some great limited edition vellies that are accompanied by an amazing lookbook shot by photographer Jason Eric Hardwick (can’t wait to see the entire thing!) …they’ve also brought out a neon capped version which is just too cool. you can order vellies in all sorts of different colours & hides from their website.

all images courtesy of Schier & Jason Eric Eardwick

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Meet Peggy

i know i’ve promised that i would share some pictures of my (not so new anymore) home – but i am slowly getting myself together. a major step was procuring a lovely grown up tv cabinet. i knew what i wanted, but i couldn’t find anything i loved that wasn’t silly expensive, and the stuff i could afford was ugly. oh, so ugly.

then i met Monya, who was in the same predicament as me many times over – knowing exactly what kind of pieces she wanted to fill her home with but not being able to find those things in the shops (we don’t have IKEA here, guys). so she started having pieces made to her own designs… and from there grew Stokperd. Monya needed a website and i needed a tv cabinet – and that is how The Peggy came to be. named after one of my favourite Mad Men characters, of course.

long story short – if you’re in the Cape Town area & you’re looking for some custom furniture Monya is your gal.

edit: to answer the questions: [1] the door slides from left to right [2] the umbrella jewellery stand was a gift from a friend [3] the panda russian doll was also a gift, bought in china.

all pictures by me.

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Spotlight

i just wanted to highlight some of the wonderful wares from my fantastic sponsors…. if you’re interested in sponsoring drop me a line at diana @ missmoss.co.za!

| 1. | fifties lace dress at dear golden | 2. | jas mb bag at envoy of belfast | 3. | isabella mint silk tee at of a kind | 4. | moon stone frames at summerland | 5. | bad day subscription at uncovet | 6. | tiny bar necklace by minoux | 7. | dijon pouch by rib & hull | 8. | sitka earrings by stone & honey | 9. | a detacher sandals at couverture & the garbstore


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Sabina Tabakovic

Sabina Tabakovic is a self-taught photographer based in sweden whose work i stumbled upon on flickr. the talent pool on flickr always amazes me, especially the portfolios of self-taught & amateur photographers. if you browse through Sabina’s blog you will see that many of her photos are influenced by period dramas, vintage photos and paintings… they are simply beautiful and lovely to get lost in.  check out her website, flickr, blog & facebook page for more.

all photographs by Sabina Tabakovic.

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Manger

i immediately clicked through to Mimi Thorisson’s blog Manger after Joanna posted about her garden cake. Mimi lives in  the Médoc region of France with her family and 14 (!) dogs including a german pointer called Gertrude who i would probably steal if we ever met (german short haired pointers are my favourite pooches). she writes about life in the country and shares wonderful recipes including one of my absolute favourites eton mess and sophia loren’s meatballs (not a euphemism).

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Matching Shoes

i suppose i have been kind of shoe obsessed around here lately – and this is of course because i am truly shoe obsessed in real life at the moment. at the moment? all. the.time. it’s quite difficult finding really nice (affordable) shoes in south africa, so that’s why a lot of my internet daydreaming is shoe related.

this editorial was shot by nina leen in 1946 for life magazine. as you can see the theme is matching shoes… and i mean literally matching to your outfit – not just matching your shoes to your handbag (which i find pretty ridiculous and outdated, let them clash i say). it’s a really fun and fashion-forward editorial considering this was the mid-fourties, and i wouldn’t mind snapping up the plaid booties in the second to last image… but i’d keep the hat at home.

all images courtesy of the life image archives.

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Lambs Ear Shoes

Lambs Ear Shoes is a shop in Seattle that stocks an amazing range of shoes (amongst other beautiful wares, but i’m pretty taken by the shoes) from designers like a detacher, common projects, dieppa restrepo, steven alan, rachel comey and ld tuttle. you can peruse their range in their online shop and, best of all, they ship internationally. these buckle boots by plomo have my name written all over them.

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autoctona

catching up on my reader this morning i spotted autoctona over at anja’s wonderful fashion fridays post. allessandra is the talented italian born, portland based designer behind the label. you can read more about the meaning of the symbols used on some of the pieces here.

autoctona means native, an italian word referring to origin, identity and a sense of belonging in the most primitive form. we create forward thinking objects whilst preserving and fostering the use of premium craftsmanship and materials. these are contemporary pieces that challenge a conventional definition of jewelry, clothing and accessory. the primary inspirations are amulets, ritual objects and love tokens with their associated symbolism. each piece has been designed, prototyped and singularly hand cast. we source and create everything locally.

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