A round-up of our favourite style finds this week.
CT JOY DIVISION
Look stylish while keeping your sense of humour in tact with the mojo eccentric and creative tees from Bartlett, because laughing certainly beats crying. Bartlett is the dude who took over Laugh it Off after Justin Nurse sold it following his constitutional court victory over SAB. Choose from a range of fun and humorous tees and designs from the sharpest young designers in South Africa.
CT Joy Division is an ode to the cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, which went on to become an iconic T-shirt in its own right. It features Table Mountain and the ocean. You try figure it out – is that the 12 Apostles, can you spot the cable car? It’s a great way to represent your favourite city, while looking Joy Division cool too.
Bartlett tees are made from locally sourced cotton and poly-cotton blended fabric.
Get it at www.laughitoff.co.za
BUILD A BEEHIVE
It’s a new season and the perfect time to mix things up in your office or living space. These DIY hexagon pin boards from Elsje Designs are just the ticket. Build your own pinboard beehive, arranging them in a creative way to suit your space.
Founded by Elsje van Niekerk, Elsje Designs has a focus on out-of-the-ordinary decor. Born in the Karoo and based in Stellenbosch, Elsje is a true creative with a passion for creating things to be touched and treasured.
Get it at elsje.co.za
R FOR RABITO
Admit it: nothing cramps your creativity more than disorganised cables tangled up on your desk or work area. Solve the problem and add a bit of character to your workspace instead with this set of three cable holders in the shape of rabbit ears.
The double-stick bottom secures each one safely and cables can be wound round the bunny ears or threaded through the circular hole in the middle.
And they look pretty cool too.
Get it at superbalist.com
DECORATE YOUR KRAAL
The Kraal Gallery is a South African family business that trains, employs and empowers women to become qualified weavers and artists. Based in Stellenbosch and Genadendal, they pride themselves on producing the best quality handwoven rugs, tapestries and related articles in Africa, allowing weavers to explore their creativity. ‘Bit by bit each handwoven item is created with an abundance of thought and energy resulting in a reflection of the individual weaver herself,’ they say.
Made from a cotton-rich textile blend, these rugs are vibrant, colourful, washable, reversible and hard wearing. The cotton-blend raw material comes from off-cuts of the textile industry, recycling what would otherwise be waste. Have one custom-made to fit your home’s living area, supporting this worthy initiative and the arts.
Cost ± R4302.67 ($370)
Get it at www.thekraalgallery.com
BOWLED OVER BY MERVYN GERS
Based in Cape Town, Mervyn Gers Ceramics specialises in bespoke ceramic ranges, but also hosts a range of ready-mades for your purchasing pleasure. ‘We design shapes and images, colours, mix our own glazes, and we make our own decals/transfers to be included on the dinnerware,’ he says.
Creating ranges for the likes of Babylonstoren, Jenny Morris, De Grendel Wine Farm and Lardiere, you know you’re in good company if your home has one or more of his items.
We love this eclectic platter from the African-inspired collection. But if you’d like to custom-create your own entirely unique ceramic item(s), give them a holler.
Cost R1 050 (excluding vat)
Get it at 4 Dorsetshire Street, Paarden Eiland
Chapel Goods, based at the Woodstock Exchange, creates leather goods by hand in Cape Town. Using wild and cow leather, each piece is unique.
This Piano Clutch makes a perfect day or evening purse. Big enough to hold your essentials but compact enough for easy wear, there are also partitioned sections within the bag to hold your keys, ID, wallet and other small belongings. The Piano Clutch comes with an adjustable sling shoulder strap.
Get it at chapelgoods.co.za