• Giving my Great Grandmother’s linen an airing!

    Introducing Great Grandmother Joan. Enter her chemises. When she emigrated to the dusty town of Bloemfontein from Glasgow, Scotland in 1905, her concern was that there would be no shops to speak of, let alone those specialising in ladies undergarments!  Her second fear was that there would be no dentists. Her response to the former …

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  • Xhosa beadwork inspired knitwear lights up Europe’s catwalks

    I first met Laduma Ngxokolo five years ago on Women’s Day at his stand at Decorex, a decor, design and lifestyle exhibition in Johannesburg.  I remember being struck by his openness, humility and his extraordinary talent.  I described him at the time as one of South Africa’s up-and-coming-close-to-arriving fashion industry talents.  This year 2016, he …

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  • Paul Smith – adding a touch of wild to all present and correct

    What starts an intrigue with a brand? I can’t remember exactly what pricked my interest in Paul Smith – perhaps when my daughter’s English beau introduced his Paul Smith socks with their trade mark slim discrete barcode stripes and bright colours, or was it when Paul Smith first landed in South Africa and opened a …

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  • Ways of Staying

    South African journalist Kevin Bloom published a book called Ways of Staying in 2009, ISBN  978-1-770-10160-9, recording anecdotes and conversations that pull at the threads of complexity that is this country and defines the way we play out our politics, economy and society.  We who live here – are most often perplexed and even despairing about …

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