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My Top Picks | Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016 on Rita Hello

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!

Douglas and Co. at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita HelloBrass Diskus Douglas and Co. at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

 

 Selfi 

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.

Selfi AW16 by Luca Vencenzo at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita HelloSelfi AW16 by Luca Vencenzo at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

Photographs by Luca Vincenzo 

 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.

Fabrica and Ash Cermics at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita HelloFabrica and Ash Ceramics at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello Fabrica and Ash Ceramics at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello Fabrica and Ash Ceramics at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

 

 1701

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!

1701 Nougat at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

1701 Belgium Chocolate Almond Butter Brittle at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello
1701 Belgium Chocolate Almond Butter Brittle at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

 

 Bena Loungewear

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.

Bena Loungewear at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello Bena Loungewear at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello Bena Loungewear at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

 

 Jane Sews

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.

Modern Loafer by Jane Sews at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on Rita Hello

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Images supplied. All opinions are my own. 

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