The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, an event I look forward to the moment it ends, was hosted this past weekend. Last year I wrote about what my first experience there was like… what I loved and what I bought. This year, instead of focusing on things I wanted, I tried to have a thorough walk through and actually just admire the amazing creatives our country is home to. The girl bosses, the makers, the bakers, the trendsetters, and designers made my heart a happy one. I’m sharing my top picks, the exhibits that stuck with me, the brands that swayed me and some old favourites of mine.
Douglas and Company
I have been a fan of Douglas and Company for quite a while now. I made sure I popped in at their stand at 100%Design and of course again at the fair. I’ll never grow tired of these beautiful clean lines. If I could have a ceiling filled with those beautiful brass Diskus lights, I’d be a very happy gal. Also, I can never seem to resist opening that server, the pink… delightful!
Love. Selfi‘s designs are just fantastic and I wanted everything. Quality fabric, timeless design and local. It ticks all the boxes. Celeste Arendse is the genius behind this Cape Town based fashion label and I can’t wait to own a piece. Selfi is stocked at Convoy in Melville, Johannesburg.
Fabrica x Ash Ceramics
I think that all plant ladies would agree that this collaboration between Fabrica and Ash Ceramics, Apotments, is a feast for the eyes. Fabrica’s Ndebele burglar bars has made waves over the past few months and I was thrilled to see that there’s more. A beautiful combination of minimal with a touch of fun.
Nougat by 1701 is fantastic and since the first time I tried it I loved it. But this year it wasn’t just 1701’s delicious nougat that had us Snapscanning feverishly. It was a particular new release that tugged at our taste bud hearts. Belgian Chocolate Almond Butter Brittle…. Yep. The only regret we had was that we didn’t buy more!
Since being a fan of the very first Annie film (the best and only Annie in my book), I’ve had a slight obsession with luxurious pajamas, swim caps, swivel dresser stools, and the idea of being given a choice between silk or satin sheets. Bena Loungewear is one step in the right direction. The idea of chucking away my old tee and stolen boxer shorts and slipping into this, a hundred times yes. Even better, they also have a range for the little bambinos.
Jane Sews is an old favourite of mine and I’m always overjoyed when a new item is released. So, naturally, I’m waiting in anticipation for my delivery of the modern loafer. What I love most about this fashion label is the complete transparency with regards to pricing, the makers and of course the fantastic fabric. If you don’t know about Jane Sews, click away and choose your first timeless piece.
Images supplied. All opinions are my own.