Whether you are looking to update your summer wardrobe or purchase gift for someone, why not support local South African businesses? Not only will your purchase bring smiles to local faces, but through supporting the slow fashion industry, you’ll be making the sustainable choice
Sapmok, or the Afrikaans word Kompas spelt backwards, began in 2015 as a modern slow-fashion Africa adventure brand, with an aim to support conservation efforts.
Sampok’s shoes are created by some of the best cobblers in South Africa, with comfort being a priority. Their shoe sizes range from children’s size 1 to men’s size 14. All cutting, measuring and stitching is done from scratch, allowing great amounts of creativity in the manufacturing process. Their shoes are tailored to give an authentic feel and support adventure and real-life experiences.
Sapmok’s original collection focused on Vellies (Velskoene), however, they have recently launched their range of sustainable and locally-made cork flip flops. Sapmok also creates leather belts, slippers and bags. Their Nepal Bag is their version of a duffel bag – big enough to carry everything you need, but small enough to be hand luggage.
For more information and to buy online, visit their website. Their store in The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront is opening on 14 December 2020.
Where: The Watershed, The V&A Waterfront | Online
Hannah Lavery: the midpoint between pyjamas and power suits, comfort and confidence. The range is a uniform for busy women who collect compliments – simple clothing solutions for complicated lives. Hannah Lavery stands by the notion that there are no bad bodies, just bad fits. They interrogate each design and they wear what they make, asking themselves, “can I be comfortable all day, and feel like a powerhouse?”
Inspired by the diversity of women’s’ shapes and lives, Hannah Lavery offers a complete wardrobe in neutral tones with clear lines and kind-to-your-skin materials. Cross-seasonal and organically updated, the range is for those who want to dress with ease and have wardrobes with longevity.
Their catalogue includes dresses, bottoms, tops and shirts, jumpsuits, jackets and knitwear. They create a wide variety of shoes as well as hats, scarves and beanies.
Hannah Lavery offers free shipping on orders over R600 to main city centres in South Africa.
Where: The Watershed, The V&A Waterfront | Online
The Changing Room is a reseller of authenticated luxury, designer and vintage pre-owned fashion, for sale and consignment. Their pieces can be purchased in-store or online.
Toni Tamaris, the owner of The Changing Room, began her business as a result of her passion for eco-friendly living and her love for all things beautiful. She feels strongly about the fact that through choosing to avoid fast-fashion clothing, we can lessen the current environmental destruction.
In doing their part to be environmentally responsible, The Changing Room aims to upscale, recycle and extend the lifespan of luxury designer items through reconsigning and sharing them with those who treasure beautiful well-crafted pieces that last a lifetime.
The Changing Room ensures that every item sold is 100% authentic and is in excellent or good condition.
Delivery costs are set at R130.00 for deliveries within South Africa and delivery of orders over R3000 are free.
Where: Grove Building, Corner of Grove Avenue and Pearce Road, Claremont | Online
Known for their cloud-like comfort and super chic designs, Matsidiso shoes will be your favourite conversation starter and daily go-to. Not only are they ethically made, but every purchase supports their mission to sustain the beautiful artisanal skills that exist within South Africa.
In their family-run factory, Matsidiso designs and produces unique, artisanal footwear and handbags that are entirely handmade in South Africa. Their footwear includes women’s oxfords, heels, flats, sandals and boots as well as men’s oxfords, slip-ons and boots. Their range also includes bags and leather accessories. Matsidiso is currently running a 25% sale on their Akeelah Slippers – visit their website to purchase.
The last day to order ‘in stock’ online items for arrival before Christmas is 16 December 2020, however the Matsidiso V&A Waterfront store will be open throughout the festive season. For every order over R500 in December 2020, Matsidiso will feed 30 children.
Where: The Watershed, V&A Waterfront
Behind Spiritgirl are Leigh and Rochele, two fun-loving, active South African girls. Their products are inspired by their sense of adventure, eco-awareness and passion for design.
Spiritgirl’s earth-loving yoga apparel uses fabric made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. As a result, their products reduce the need for landfill space, the demand for dyes and fixing agents and the demand on oil (every 1 ton of recycled PET yarn can save 6 tons of oil). This fabric, made up of recycled plastic, is woven with spandex and to create COOLMAX® performance fabric. It not only keeps you cool and dry, but also has 4-way stretch, making it super comfortable. The fabric is also 50% UV protected, which ensures that the bold graphics won’t fade or run.
The Spiritgirl range includes yoga pants, full-piece swimsuits, surf-suits and tank tops. You can also purchase Spiritgirl gift cards on their website.