South Africa is abuzz with arts and culture. Having just finished the fabulous FNB Art Fair to the opening of Africa’s biggest Contemporary art museum in Cape Town ( The Zeitz Mocaa). South Africa is truly killing the art game on a global scale. Even more recently, our beloved Esther Mahlangu was honoured with a mural dedicated to her work in the big apple! With all this, let us not forget about the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair
A weekend of high-end African designs combined with the best food and wine in the country-this is a definite must on your social calendar. Over the years this fair has introduced me to some of my favourite interior and fashion designers. Sanlam has created a fundamental base in which they have introduced the nation to Simon & Mary, Pichulik, Selfi and Skinny Laminx to name but a few. Sanlam is really bringing culture to the masses. Here are our top designers showing at this years fair.
I was actually introduced to Mille Collines through African Fashion International two years back and I have been obsessed ever since. ‘Born in Rwanda, inspired by Africa and Appealing to the world’ is their story. This is the future of African Fashion. Moving away from novelty pieces and entering our everyday wear- Mille Collines is slowly evolving African fashion.
From fashion to home-the fair has you covered. Skinny laMinx definitely does not need an introduction. Equal parts playful and chic, Skinny laMinx has been bringing their quirky style into homes across the world since 2007. We’ve always loved their unconventional use of colour and patterns and cannot wait to see what they bring this year.
Handmade (obviously) and genuine, Ilundis’ leather bags and accessories are timeless and classic. The epitome of understated luxury, Ilundi is influenced by minimalist Japanese aesthetics and clean cut Scandinavian designs. Expect one of a kind pieces as any irregularities in the colour or grain are all characteristics of natural leather- no faking it here.
Conscious fashion is the name of the game. Handmade in their workshop in Cape Town, each piece is created from sustainable, locally sourced materials. Thalia Strates is all about comfort and sophistication (two words which are usually contradicting). Inspired by Africa’s wealth of raw materials the team at Thalia Strates are certainly educating us on Africa’s brilliance.
With a name like this, it’s impossible not to be deliciously edible. Butter Pudding is a clothing label for undeniably cool children. Their lookbook is better than most with children just slaying that camera. The belief that children can be both chic and comfortable is what sets this label apart. Butter Pudding has got me broody!
While you are sipping on some delicious cocktails, trying on the best in local fashion and designing bespoke interior pieces I will be lathering myself in Lulu & Marula. Lulu & Marula is a collection of small batch, all natural skin care products. Handmade in South Africa and cruelty free Lulu & Marula is taking care of our skin while looking after the planet. LOVE!
With Summer officially on our doorstep I am stepping into this season with my Espadrille adorned foot. Spain meets Africa in these must-have shoes. Every single pair is handmade in their Cape Town based studio. You can purchase or customise your own. Each pair is stitched according to centuries-old traditional methods and given ‘African‘ flavour with interesting designs and beautiful fabrics. Join the Espadrille movement with the likes of Dali and a young John F. Kennedy.
I will be receiving gifts from these local designers at your own leisure. Thanks 😉