Household name, inspiring artist, designer, and empowering woman, Carrol Boyes passed away on the evening of August 14, 2019. Boyes has long been a respected businesswoman and brought happiness to many people throughout South Africa and the world with her beautiful designs and one-of-a-kind creations.
She first founded her home decor company in 1991 and sophistication and unparalleled style comes to mind when thinking of her work.
“We are saddened by the loss of Carrol, who passed away last night after a brief illness. Carrol Boyes was the founder, creator and CEO of The Carrol Boyes (Pty) Ltd retailer in Cape Town. She was an iconic South African artist and designer and her creativity has deftly crafted a coveted and high-end product range of upmarket home and lifestyle items. Carrol demonstrated the very highest values in her business; integrity, playful perspectives and passion for design and for her staff. Her personal touch will inspire and stay with us always,’’ said the company in a statement.
Carrol will be remembered for her love, her story and her quirky creativity. Carrol leaves our nation with a legacy of excellence, unity, empowerment and pioneering functional art. She will be greatly missed.
“Nineteen people may love your work, but the twentieth one will hate it and will tell you so; you cannot allow that to affect you. That may sound trite, but there is huge risk in letting criticism get you down.” – Carrol Boyes, iconic South African designer @CarrolBoyes pic.twitter.com/0QI3gC9LhU
— Fashionomics Africa (@FashionomicsADB) August 9, 2019
Boyes was SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government in 2008 and received City Press’s Prestige Women’s Award in the Category of Phenomenal Women in 2008 as well.
Her love of South Africa has always been evident in her creative work with many of her pieces bearing clear African influence, and she has been recognised throughout her career as an icon both locally and internationally.
South Africa has lost another great role model. Rest in peace, Carrol Boyes.