Shop Online for Stunning South African Design

Africandy design emporiumA 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

Supporting Causes African Style

Relate  bead braceletsThese 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

Louis Vuitton Shoot by Annie Leibovitz Features Bono in Africa

Louis Vuitton ad with Bono and Annie Leibovitz in AfricaBono isn’t known for lending himself to advertising campaigns and he doesn’t usually take part in shoots without the band members of U2, but made an exception for this shoot which promotes something close to his heart. In 2005 he and his wife, Ali Hewson, started an ethical fashion label Edun, which Vuitton parent company LVMH have supported since 2009 with a 49% share in it, in their bid to promote a more sustainable fashion ethic. Continue reading

Cashmere Scarves From Alabaste

alabaste cashmere scarvesSummer is taking a while to reach Cape Town, so luxuriously snuggly cashmere still feels very appealing, and there is a great new local brand just arrived on the luxury fashion scene.

Alabaste designs a fine range of 100% cashmere scarves – made in Mauritius and currently available from ShopLabel online or from selected retailers in Cape Town.

alabaste cashmere scarvesCape Town based stylist and fashion veteran Ava Edwards is the creative mind behind the label . The feather light but chunky winter range, aptly named Stroke Me, will be joined by a lighter summer range shortly.

The branding and packaging reflects the high-end cashmere product and is designed by Deep.

Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women 2012

Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women 2012

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The Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women has evolved beyond being a little black book of South Africa’s leaders, movers and shakers. For 2012 it has shifted to grass roots level, celebrating women who are really making a difference in their own communities and spheres.

Browsing through the list of 50 women, you’ll find inspirational stories of women from all over South Africa who are working for a better future: Thelma Nkosi, a community co-ordinator working to empower communities in protecting their water systems and local environment; Isabella Holden a project co-ordinator for the Lifeline victim empowerment programme who is partially blind but full of energy and drive; Mitta Lebaka, herself burned severely as a child who works to help children all over Africa who suffer severe burns. There are musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, women from all walks of life,all cultures and races, all provinces, rural and urban backgrounds. Each profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait by celebrated portrait photographer Sally Shorkend bringing all these vibrant women to life on the page.

There are also essays: a moving account of a mother, a spirited letter from her 80 year old self to the author, an account of being the first woman constitutional court judge and more.

The book was launched in time for Women’s Day and the gorgeous website developed by Deep can now be browsed any time you need a dash of inspiration from the energy and innate style of these 50 extraordinary women, who are bringing a positive energy to South Africa.

Must Have Designer Leather Jackets This Winter

Muubaa-Cion-Leather-jacketLuscious butter-soft leather is irresistible, even more so when it comes in these sexy and elegant designer jackets from British designer Muubaa. If you haven’t yet discovered their Must Have range of stunning leather jackets then you need to get hold of one quick and see what you’re missing.

They’ve just arrived in South Africa at ShopLabel, and aren’t going to be left hanging neglected on a rail for more than about a minute!

This is what Muubaa say about their designer leather range.

“Our design philosophy is about creating current yet timeless pieces that every woman can make her own, everyday. We take what we know to be possible with leather, and push it, often surprising with new ways to use and wear it.”

So which is your hot favourite? The sexy Cion, the sleek Kendyll or dead gorgeous Meggie?

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Up and Coming South African Style Icons

Website for Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans projectUp and coming style icons are to be found a plenty in the 2012 Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans project. Every year they pick 200 people under 35, doing extraordinary work in their field, from music to business, to health to environment, politics and fashion.

So if you want to know who to be looking out for as the future movers and shakers in the world of style check out the website.

With stylish web design and web development by Deep Design, it pulls together 200 stories of these inspirational young people in a way that is easy to browse and easy on the eye.

So check out the latest South African fashion designers, dance divas, entrepreneurs, environmental warriors and groundbreaking medics and feel more hopeful for the future of our country with so much talent out there.

Wrap Up Warm In Iconic Designs

Lily and Lionel - Asher scarfLily and Lionel is the latest designer label to take South Africa by storm. Their luxury scarves come in a glorious variety of iconic designs, from animal print to sleek cityscapes and bright watercolour florals.

All the scarves are soft  and light in silk/wool blends or 100% fine wool, perfect for urban style hunters to dress up a chic winter look.

The signature Asher scarf in its striking leopard print has to be one of the hottest accessories of the season, but the London and New York cityscapes are also tempting. Lily & Lionel New York scarf

Which would you go for this winter?

Artemis Wragge For Exquisite Cashmere Scarves

artemis-wragge-cashmere-scarvesThe most stylish of cashmere scarves in a gossamer lightweight weave, Artemis Wragge’s beautiful creations are an absolute must for this winter.

South African designers, Diana Wragge and Roy Curitz, restore an inimitable mystique and cachet to the cashmere scarf, creating masterpieces in this luxurious yarn that you will treasure for years.

The Artemis Wragge collection is made from the finest quality cashmere from Inner Mongolia and is woven exquisitely. The gossamer collection is so fine that it will easily pass the ultimate test of slipping through a wedding band. artemis wragge-cashmere-printed-scaves

Also look out for the label’s gorgeous printed scarves in a rich cashmere and silk blend.

Is Floral the New Cheetah?

Katie Holmes in Current/Elliot floral skinny jeansDesigner jeans trends seem to skip through so fast that you blink and you miss it. Spring in the northern hemisphere has inspired a rash of blossom – floral look skinny jeans have stolen the limelight from the leopards, cheetahs and reptiles of last month.

There seem to be two camps – those who think that the new florals look like their grandma’s taste in interior decor, and those who love the fresh colours and designs.

Plenty of celebrities have been snapped in the Current/Elliott florals already, like Katie Holmes in the picture, and they look great with heels and plain Ts or long cardigans.

What’s perfect for spring over there, looks set to go down a storm for autumn and winter over here too and Current/Elliott’s Stilletto Skinny in Red Rose are available online  from ShopLabel, so we can get ahead on the latest fresh fashion trends in designer jeans.

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