Where to find amazing local designers in Cape Town
Cape Town is a fashionable city and a visit to the Mother City means you need to be on the lookout for all the talented local artistes that call the city home. Here’s our list of design stores not to miss – from jewellery and fashion to interiors.
Arts, Crafts and Interiors
Heather Moore’s iconic brand, Skinny LaMinx, is instantly recognisable from her inimitable Scandinavian meets African Chic fabric prints. Heather started selling her array of cushions, table runners, scarves and tea towels online and was so successful that in 2012 she opened her shop in Bree Street. She now sells paper prints too like posters and wallpaper.
Stable South African Design Collection
A store showcasing over 115 local design brands, this collective in Loop Street was started by Aidan Bennetts, and is a wonderful place to explore innovative South African design from furniture, lighting and interiors to leather bags and even birthday cards.
The team behind Missibaba, led by Chloe Townsend and Lizel Strydom, meticulously hand craft each accessory with love and care. They also focus heavily on community upliftment and skills development, which is good reason to support them. From bead-laced clutches to quilted bags – and a men’s collection to boot – you’ll find something unique for everyone.
Founded by Caleb Pedersen and his passion for fashion, photography and travel, CHAPEL specialises in men’s and women’s leather bags and footwear. The products are a refreshing take on locally sourced materials with emphasis on premium quality finishes. If you’re looking for a sought-after genuine leather backpack or quality weekend tog bag – this is the place!
Local South African jewellery designer Kirsten Goss, who shares a space in Cape Town with Missibaba, is a qualified jewellery designer and gemmologist who experiments with metalsmithing, stone cutting and combinations of the two. Each original piece is hand crafted and will totally elevate your street cred. Creations include everything from arcade earrings and metallic arm cuffs to feminine punch rings.
Designer Kristin Weixelbaumer’s range of edgy yet sophisticated jewellery, which includes everything from pendants and earrings to rings and bracelets, was born out of her fascination with the ancient tradition of gem craftsmanship, which she discovered in India. Her inspired and authentic pieces are created using hand-cut precious and semi-precious stones merged with striking metals. Black Gold is her more premium range, characterised by the regal combination of gold and diamonds.
What first began as collaboration on a single wedding dress has since developed into a creative partnership between Mareth van der Walt and Colleen Lesch. Their diverse range of ready-to-wear women’s apparel is made using locally-sourced materials and talent. And their garments often use intricate beadwork, which has resulted in a community upliftment project that empowers rural individuals through skills development.
This much-loved emporium started by award-winning sculptor and fashion designer, Doreen Southwood, houses carefully curated collections of South Africa’s leading designers. It’s a space that honours the special moment when you choose a garment that expresses the ultimate “me”. MeMeMe stocks clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags.