L’MAD Collection is a local fashion brand who creates limited edition collections with south african artists & designers. they have worked with people like Nico Krijno, Daniella Mooney and Michael Taylor amongst other, and their latest colab is with Ben Johnson, a talented graphic designer & creative who, funnily enough, used to work in my office space before we moved in here!
Josi Faye is a line of knitwear by Nashville based designer Han Starnes, who named the line after her mother. Josi Faye focuses on traditional textile methods and sources high quality natural fibers from local farms. each piece is created using the age-old technique of hand-spinning and is produced in limited runs from their Nashville workroom. the beautiful lookbook for her SS14 collection was shot by Laura Dart on a farm in Oregon, where her wool is grown.
if you’re a Capetonian (or just a South African girl, really) you’ll be more than familiar with the wonderful Selfi, whose clothing i just a-d-o-r-e. designer Celeste has done it again with her new SS14 range. how sweet is that peplum cut out dress? i also absolutely love the flap strap dress. see more at their website & online shop. the shoes are by Diomande.
Katherine-Mary Pichulik is a multi-talented local lass from Cape Town – she trained as a pastry chef, dabbled in the art world, worked on organic farms from Barcelona to Granada… then she started making jewellery after a backpacking trip to India. says Kat,
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.
kate and alix-rose are two talented cape town locals who i’ve come to know via twitter (the internet never ceases to bring me joy it seems). kate is a copywriter with a great penchant for fashion, and alix-rose is a photographer whose work i’m always excited to see over at her blog. they’ve done some pretty awesome self-motivated shoots before, so i was thrilled when kate asked if i’d like to feature their latest collaboration. which. is. amazing. i might have said “holy eff balls” when i first got a sneak peak. the colour palettes alone are enough to make me weak at the knees.
lately i’ve been in a shoe phase (more like perving over shoes than actually buying them) – but am slowly coming round to bags again. my black leather bag hasn’t let me down for over 5 years and is versatile enough that i haven’t gotten bored of it, but it’s starting to show some wear… and as much as it saddens me it might be time for something new.
amy and i met each other in our first year of university where we both studied graphic design. i can’t tell you how many hours we spent drinking coffee on campus, ‘working’ in front of the tv while watching period dramas, driving around in her eighties honda ballade despite its odd smell… we have traveled overseas together, shared a room the size of harry potter’s cupboard, attempted to encourage each other in various exercise regimes (if you gym, i’ll gym) – the list goes on and on. a great friend who i am very fortunate to know.
you may remember the jewellery by oh dear megan from alix’s things i like right now post. i really love megan‘s stuff, especially the pieces that incorporates old south african pennies & military buttons. the pieces made from watch parts also have a great steampunk feeling to them. my kinda jewellery. you can buy some of her stuff at spence now.
- Bulldogs. I have an unnatural love for my bulldog, Elvis (that’s him in the pic.) He gets treated like a child and I can’t imagine a life without that fat little thing snoring next to me. I’m noticing a lot more bulldogs popping up though. In advertisements, at cafes, in the parks etc. They’re definitely popular at the moment, which is awesome. One bulldog is funny. Two is hilarious.
- Mattson Creative’s Lost Season 6 Posters – Ty Mattson runs Mattson Creative, a California-based agency that has worked for a number of impressive clients. His signature illustrative style communicates complex ideas in a simple, idiosyncratic and often charming manner. I really enjoy the recent series of illustrations created for each episode of the sixth season of Lost (greatest show ever aired – tell your friends).