A fabulous new South African design shopping site has just launched – Africandy sources all the coolest products from established and emerging South African designers, so that you can find funky furniture, gorgeous cushions, cutting edge ceramic art and even luscious artisan body products all at the same place.
Browsing through the site it’s hard to resist adding item after item to your wish list, as fabulous bronze bowls and delicate jewellery all inspire “I want that!”s.
The store is carefully curated, every product chosen for its integrity and all made in South Africa by local artists, artisans and designers: so if you are looking for proudly South African pieces for your home, or for Christmas gifts, this is a great place to start shopping. Continue reading
These stylish African bead bracelets are more than just a fashion statement – each bracelet is made to support an individual cause. The bracelets are an ideal way to raise funds and to show support for a cause and are the inspired idea of Relate – a South African not-for-profit social enterprise.
The idea is to create opportunities at every stage of the project. So the making of the bracelets provides income and skills training for unemployed township youth, the elderly in need of income to supplement meagre pensions or refugees struggling to make a new life for themselves. The bracelets are sold by the individual causes to raise revenue and the wearers feel a connection to the cause and know that their contribution is reaching those it’s meant for. Continue reading
Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has hardly ever been out of the glossy magazine headlines, since winning Designer of the Year award in 2008. His delicate nature-inspired jewellery has won over the fashion crowd young and old – grabbing regular spots in Vogue, Elle, Harpars Bazaar, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan.
Simplicity and natural beauty are the keynotes of his pieces, the bumble bee pendant perhaps being the most recognizable and the one to catch the imagination. Other themes we love are the feathers that are so lifelike, you’d swear they would blow away in the wind, and the daisies with their eternal charm.
One thing is for sure, these pieces all have exquisite craftsmanship and inspired design, so they make a great investment as well as a style statement.
You can find the pieces directly at the Alex Monroe website, or if you’re in South Africa find a selection of Alex Monroe pieces at ShopLabel the online designer fashion store.