This Christmas, let us shop local, smart and creative! We have head-hunted a diverse range of fantastic suppliers to ensure you have a gift option for everyone.
A small, local business was created to help people practice self-care not only through their inspiring content but through their homemade artisanal bath and body products too. They have just released their new body polishes, you have to try! Their cold process artisanal soaps are made in small unique batches with natural, wholesome ingredients. Their goal is to create quality products and a safe space for all to embrace self-care. They are proudly vegetarian, vegan, cruelty-free and South African.
One of the most exciting shops in Umhlanga, they source beautiful products from around the world and are more than eager to share the stories behind them. Their pre-loved and handmade throws and quilts, Turkish towels and beautiful locally made ceramics are just some of the offered items. If handmade, artisan and vintage are words that set your heart aflutter, you need to visit this little gem of a shop soon.
Panda Mei Designs
Founded by husband-and-wife duo Devin and Jade Budd in 2021, Richard Schroder has joined the team as another talented designer. They produce and supply anime, manga and fandom apparel including shirts, hoodies, stickers and more. All designs are custom designed by Devin and Richard, and they encourage customers to reach out to work with them on their own unique and customised creations. They currently have shirt designs available from some of the most sensational series and will be introducing hoodies and sticker packs to the range just in time for the Holiday season.
Is an exclusively online brand that was born simply for the love of unique fashion. Their creative director has always loved unique artisanal garments and wants to share this passion with all South Africans. Being unapologetically you and standing out from the crowd is how each By Simone Collection aims to make you feel. Each Collection that drops consists of unique high-quality styles crafted in limited quantities. Their accessories are all handmade with love – attention to detail includes satin woven labels and high-quality fabric. Expect warm, neutral tones, simplicity and timelessness in their new ‘SAHARA COLLECTION, By Simone’ which launched November 2021.
Elle Kay Fabrics
A textile design company based in Durban, South Africa. They design bold, colourful, statement homeware textiles with a contemporary aesthetic. Textile designer Luhandra Kirby established the brand in 2014. She started by screen printing her own fabrics in her home studio to offer a range of fabrics sold by the running meter. They offer a wide range of products printed on a natural base cloth locally sourced here in KwaZulu-Natal. Their product range consists of upholstery, soft furnishings, accessories and table decor. They strive to create high-end products which are affordable for clients on a budget.
This brand has become synonymous with high quality, unique design, and vibrant colours for more than a decade. Now selling around the globe, this sophisticated range is the realisation of Lou’s desire to balance style and functionality for every woman at any lifestyle juncture: whether you are a new mom in need of a nappy/diaper bag; taking a trip to the beach; headed to the golf course or the gym, or even catching a plane; Lou’s creations are designed to support your journey most practically and fashionably. Following her formal studies in fashion design and interiors, Lou was fortunate enough to train professionally under some of the most recognisable brands, setting the stage for the staggering success that this Durban-born entrepreneur has enjoyed.
NT Leather Studio
This brand was born from two architects with a passion for elegant minimal design, combined with the robust character and strength of handmade leather goods. They combine an essentials-only design philosophy with an ethos of high-quality craftsmanship, resolved down to the last stitch in their fine leather bags, wallets, and other accessories. All their products are hand-cut and hand-stitched in their small studio in Durban, South Africa. When their assistants came on board, they realised what a difference this business was making in their lives. They decided to formalise it and develop a range of products. Based on these principles, they continue to grow and learn, seeking new opportunities and creating excellent new products.