Ambidex

while i work on the next holiday gift guide i thought i’d show you this cool Japanese (of course) retailer Ambidex that stocks a multitude of amazing Japanese made brands that i have never heard of. such cool clothes that range from the cute to the utilitarian to that perfectly simple, classic Japanese cut. unfortunately they do not ship internationally, but perhaps you have a friend in Japan or are planning a trip soon – in which case, go forth!

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TEN & Co.

thanks to Zinzi and Lizzie for introducing me to TEN & Co. – a shoe label that specialises in oxfords that are handmade from vintage Moroccan rugs & supple leather. designer Tory Noll was on a trip to Morocco when she stumbled upon a tiny shoe shop in Marrakech and on a whim had some simple oxfords made from scraps of carpet – and so TEN & Co. was born.

Every pair of TEN & Co. shoes is cut from unique vintage and antique hand-woven Moroccan rugs and supple leathers.  We scour rug auctions, souks, Marrakech flea markets and the Atlas mountains to find strong, colorful rugs and blankets that tell a story in each shoe.   Handmade in small batches by a cobbler in Marrakech, our shoes combine a classic Oxford with the vibrant colors and patterns of North Africa.

the beautiful lookbook was shot by Adam Hribar, art directed by Priya Sanghvi & Dan Goldstein, and styled by Leila Thurtell and Eva McCausland.

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Amathunzi

we took a much needed break this weekend and were lucky enough to spend a day with family at the amazing Amathunzi Nature Reserve (less than two hours outside Cape Town – man i love this country). if you follow me on instagram you might have seen my pics of our sunset visit from some zebras – including 2 babies – a herd of eland and an adorably lonely bontebok. consequently i’ve been catching up on work today, but check in tomorrow… a new music mix is on the horizon.

ps: all of these pics were taken on my iphone, snapped using the amazing pro hdr app – perfect for low light situations, or even when the sun is too bright for a decent photo. smart phones are amazing.

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