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Gift Guide No.4

i received a comment the other day from a fellow south african asking for more local gift ideas, which made me pause and reflect for a second. personally i only buy local products for christmas. i think we have amazing designers & makers and i am lucky enough to live in a city that brings all that to the fore. i usually go do my shopping sometime in the week before the 25th so that i absolutely leave everything to the last minute and stress myself out as much as possible. kidding. i like going out and buying gifts, looking at things myself, discovering new places and new people! around this time of year we have great pop-up shops and markets selling the wares of a multitude of designers. i will always ask if their products are available online, sometimes they are – but a lot of the times they aren’t. that’s the only reason why i don’t make solely south african gift guides.

that said, i don’t want to leave you hanging. so i made an effort to peruse some local online shops and find products from a few designers that i like – if you are too scared to leave home and brave the masses this holiday season. here are some pop ups in Cape Town where you can buy local gifts at the moment: South African Market in Bree Street, Present Space at the Lifestyle Centre in Kloof Street, The Fleet in the Bo Kaap and Fabricate in Cavendish. also be sure to check out my City Guide for more shops to visit.

see the rest of the gift guides here.

Gift Guide No.4

Tote
by Soil Design

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Mali Neckpiece
by Pichulik

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Aftershave + Body Wash
by Naturals Beauty

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Quuasar 5 Print
by Lauren Fowler

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Ghostie Tote Bag
by Spookasem

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Prints
by Katrin Coetzer

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Limited Edition Fox Sock
by Feat & Lauren Fowler

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Nirvana Bag
by Rowdy

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Golden Moon Necklace
by Steffany Roup

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No, It Is
by William Kentridge

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Cut Out Coin Bracelet
by Oh Dear Megan

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Breadbin
by Pedersen + Lennard

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Calming Bath Oil
by Lulu & Marula

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Bokkie pot
by Marina Walsh

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Suede Tote
by Ilundi

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Scarab iPad sleeve
by Missibaba

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Brancusi Stripe Cushion
by Skinnylaminx

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Leather Sunglass Case
by Wolf + Maiden

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Raw Chocolate
by Honest Chocolate

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Ceramic Herb Jar
by Vanilla Stone Earthware

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Message Plates
by The Detailsmith

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Jormungandr Print
by Essie Letterpress

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Life of Pi rings
by Dear Rae

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Canvas Duffel
by Dark Horse

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Table Shard
by Cinderwood

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Stellenbosch Prints
by Fanakalo

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Plastic Shopper
by Design Afrika & Joya

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Wise Cat Wise Dog Notebooks
by Past Present

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Tribal Triangle Mug
by Love MIlo

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Dippy Egg Board
by Alice May

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Rider Backpack
by Chapel

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Coffee Mug
by Be Kind

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Milnerton Market
by Dave Southwood

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Toiletry Bag
by Chartermade

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Flapstand
by Kraftisan

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Colander Bowl
by Chandler House

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2014 Artist Almanac
by Essie Letterpress

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Eye Print Tee
by Adriaan Kuiters

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Kimberley Rug
by Airloom

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Serving Bowls
by Sarah Ord

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Stella Bag
by Jane Sews

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Fiela Lamp
by The Artisan

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Nico Krijno

i don’t know why it has taken my quite so long to dedicate a post to brilliant Cape Town based photographer Nico Krijno, i suppose it’s because his work is so well known here. but if you have not seen his imagery before let me introduce you. more at his website and at his tumblr. the girl in the pics is his lady, Mignonne.

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Ian Grose

Ian Grose is an artist who lives in Cape Town whose focus is painting. he has a tumblr called Small Paintings that are, well, small paintings. and extraordinary ones at that. i simply love his portraiture, but also enjoy the tiny (often quite abstract) landscapes. if you live in Cape Town, or have ever spent any time here at all, you will instantly recognise bits of the city in these small canvases. you can see more of Ian’s work at the Stevenson gallery.












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Alexandra Höjer

if you’re a Capetonian you’ll be familiar with Swedish fashion designer Alexandra Höjer, and her beautiful clothing which she sells from her boutique in Kloof Street. i had heard that she had a new shop in the works, but had no idea how cool it was until i stumbled upon it a few weeks ago in everyone’s favourite Bree Street.

this is the Alexandra Höjer Atelier, a more high end (and rock ‘n roll) addition to her line. the space itself is just amazing – it’s a former warehouse, typical for this area of town, that now houses Alexandra’s store front, decorated with vintage pieces (including a badass BMW), gold & copper accents – check out the hangers – as well as interesting lighting to set the mood. the Josef Frank wallpaper in the bathroom made me want to spend an inordinate amount of time in there.

Alexandra’s studio and work space is in the back of the shop, where her sweet staffie seems to keep an eye on everything from his spot on the leather couch. this studio gives her the freedom to create new designs on the spot, but also interact with customers who pop in during the day. the Atelier line caters for men and women, and you’ll be sure to find beautiful & unique pieces made from quality fabrics. i currently have my eye on winter coats & capes, as well as some gorgeous leather pieces.

pay her a visit at 156 Bree Street. all photographs by me, you can see the entire set here.

Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss

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Take Care

Take Care is a Cape Town based label by designer Jessica Harwood. their winter collection suits my taste for beautiful pared down pieces. i went into their shop on Kloof Street recently, shared with menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and man-handled (woman-handled?) some of the beautiful coats. i am particularly taken by the double waterfall jacket below. also happy to tell you that you can now peruse Take Care at their online shop – glad to see more and more South African designers selling on the web.

lookbook photos shot by Julia Merrett.

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Katrin Coetzer: Honeymoon

living in Cape Town allows me to see the work of some of my favourite local artists in person, and Katrin Coetzer is one of them (who you may have seen me mention on the blog a few times – and you will probably remember her gorgeous wedding). she’s currently showing her latest exhibition Honeymoon at Salon91 in Kloof Street – it is showing until this Saturday 18 May, so get down there and have a look if you haven’t already. i walked out of there feeling so happy, you guys.

Honeymoon marks a personal current period in artist Katrin Coetzer’s life, where she is forging a connection between her inner world and the geographical spaces she visits – real, imaginary and remembered. Honeymoon further references a waning sweetness and suggests the meeting point of fantasy, place and memory. The content of this body of work is centered around themes of spatial exploration, & exotic vs local seen through the lenses of feeling and itinerary…

 

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Supernatural

if you’re a regular you’ll be familiar with the wonderful styling & photography work of Capetonians Kate Desmarais and Alix-Rose Cowie, as i featured their lookbooks Fancypants and Off-Kilter in the past couple of years. well, i have someone new to add to the ever-growing list of wonderfully talented local ladies – Supernatural, a floral design studio made up of friends Emma Frost and Jessica Ellis.

i actually came home after a loooong day yesterday, and this gorgeous arrangement of flowers was waiting for me courtesy of Emma & Jessica. what a treat. it was inspired by their supernatural (as it were) lookbook, which shows off their beautiful floral design skills, and was styled by Kate and photographed by Alix. dream team. the lining of the jackets and the hydrangeas peeking out of that (amazing) skirt are a stroke of genius.

be sure to have a scout around on their website for news about their floral stylings (i particularly liked this post about by-gone wedding bouquets) and if you live in the Cape Town area, or need some flowers delivered to a special person around here, they’re your gals.

Floral design: Supernatural / Photographer: Alix-Rose Cowie / Styling: Kate Desmarais / Model: Shelly Chen

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

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Al Bairre

it seems fitting that my first music post of the year is about a newish South African band called Al Bairre. these guys are based in Cape Town too, so I suppose that makes it doubly awesome. Al Bairre is made up of 5 talented youngsters – Tom Kotze, Julia Johnson, Tessa Johnson, Nicholas Preen and Kyle Davis - who combine cello, violins, guitars, ukelele’s and drums to create what they call Symphonic Indie Rock.

Aggressively unfancy band from the mother city. We have nice hair and like ugly things. Drawing influence from bands such as Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, the goal was to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”

you can listen to and download their debut EP When I Was Tall for free at their Soundcloud and band page.

listen to the rest of the EP at their Soundcloud page.

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