Designer delights for March
Kelly Withey, who studied fashion design in Paris, now has a piece of Parisian chic in De Waterkant. Her new boutique, Maison Mara, by Robert Sherwood Design, is located in a beautiful three-storey heritage building that you would think was in the city that inspired it, if not for Table Mountain in the background. The selection of ready-to-wear womenswear, accessories and cosmetics is as luxurious as it is eclectic and includes international brands such as Petit Bateau and Balenciaga. There is also a host of lifestyle products, including candles from Costes and Lola James Harper, edgy magazines like Purple, Pop and Self Service and coffe-table books from Phaidon.
Scenes from the Seaside
Lucie de Moyencourt’s detailed drawings and prints of life along the Atlantic Seaboard will tug on the heartstrings of anyone who’s ever lived on or loved this idyllic stretch of Cape Town coastline. From characters to buildings to the dramatic landscape itself, and even the expertly captured interaction of all three, these artworks top our lust-have list. Her new works are being exhibited at Kleinsky’s deli in Sea Point (see our February 2015 issue), or you can check out her website.
For their second collaboration, designer denim-wear label G-Star Raw and internationally acclaimed furniture designers and manufacturers Vitra have launched a range of high-end, uber-slick contemporary office furniture: the Prouvé Raw Office Edition. Inspired by Jean Prouvé’s designs of the 1940s for the offices of major French industrial companies, G-Star Raw saw the opportunity for a collaboration when its new headquarters needed to be fitted with contemporary office furniture, and so the limited-edition range was born. The 10 items will be available for purchase online from April until the end of 2016.
As if the ever-stylish Loading Bay in De Waterkant could become even more so, the eatery recently underwent a renovation that now includes a mezzanine shop space for Aesop, the sought-after Australian cosmetic and skincare brand. Feeding your face has never been cooler.
Fun and Games
The people from the wonderful Warm & Glad in Craighall have now taken their collection of books and magazines downstairs and launched a new space called The Jungle. A cafe (with patisserie), The Jungle has an in-house florist and stocks a selection of some of the most amazing magazines (Kinfolk, Cereal, Fantastic Man and more), not to mention clothes, bags, sneakers, homeware, books, stationery… It’s all carefully curated with particular attention given to craftsmanship and design. You can also shop online at thejungleonline.com.
Best Foot Forward
More a gallery than a retail space, lifestyle store Virgule, which stocks a host of international brands with some local superstars, recently opened in Claremont, Cape Town. Designer shoes dangle from the ceiling, while beautiful jewellery (like these pieces by Joburg-based artist and designer Alheit Ströh) sit alongside spectacles on laser-cut shelves. The minimalist space has been designed so that the displays can be easily adapted and changed. And what’s more, the fitting of shoes is a ritual of note – shoe-obsessed owner Marinda Lakhnati believes that women should dress from the bottom up. A woman after our own heart!
- Maison Mara: maisonmara.com
- Lucie de Moyencourt’s: luciedemoyencourt.com
- G-Star Raw: g-star.com
- The Jungle:thejungleonline.com
- Loading Bay: loadingbay.co.za
- Virgule: virgule.co.za
Words:Genevieve Putter and Julia Fremantle
Photographs:Lar Photography, David Ross, Samantha du Toit and supplied