Who better to talk about Cape Town than a passionate and experienced young fashion designer who was born and bred in Cape Town? Deeva van der Merwe is just that. Creator of the label Merwe, we asked Deeva what she loves about her home town.

1 How does Cape Town influence your lifestyle choices?

Cape Town is sometimes rather distracting, its beauty makes me feel like I should be playing outside all the time.

Cape Town influences an active lifestyle, filled with outdoor explorations. Its a fund place to live and to work in.


2 What do you love most about this city?

Its vast abundance of Sea and Mountains, also the ability to offer quick getaways, one doesn’t need to plan a lengthy holiday when you have the East and West coats right under our noses.

3 If your friend was visiting Cape Town for the first time, where would you take them first?

Simons Town – cool story and a great drive

4 Describe the city in three words.

Magnetic, Influential, Creative


5 If you were to create a souvenir that represents Cape Town, what would it be or look like?

A blank Canvas – as the possibilities are endless

6 What’s your favourite Cape catchphrase?


7 Three Capetonians we should be following online.

The real Crystal Birch

Nicola West – W35T

Adri van Zyl – Atelier Interiors by Adri van Zyl


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