Whether you are looking to browse summer fashion, buy new activewear or update your wardrobe for your return to work, why not support local? Here is our list of 7 local businesses supplying South Africans with local and sustainable apparel and accessories.
Through supporting local, small businesses, we not only offer a helping hand to fellow South African business owners and employees, but we stimulate our overall economy and become a part of the important shift to sustainable shopping and slow fashion.
Good was started in Cape Town in 2008 by Marian Park-Ross. Founded on the principals of well-designed, simple but on-trend styles, Good has consistently offered women of all ages, clothing that is easy-to-wear and flattering. Fabrication is of the highest consideration, and their bespoke fun and quirky prints are fast becoming what they are known and loved for.
Marian and Klarette now make up the Good team. They are passionate about rebuilding the local industry and creating, as well as keeping, much needed jobs in South Africa. In order to work towards this, they started a campaign, LOVEZABUYZA.
Good’s catalog includes dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, tops, bottoms as well as long-sleeved swimwear. They ship to your door free of charge for orders over R500. Expect orders to arrive in 2 to 4 working days.
Stoked was founded by a group of adventure seekers enjoying the best of what the Garden Route has on offer. Through partaking in countless outdoor activities, they found themselves overcome with a burning desire to share the Stoke. One thing led to another and before they knew it they had put together a range of premium goods that were fit for any adventure.
Stoked has a deep founded respect for the natural environment, as mother nature is ultimately the number one provider of their Stoke. Therefore, they have placed sustainability and authenticity at the centre of their vision going forward.
Their range of premium quality apparel includes tee’s crafted from premium cotton, bags and accessories, jewellery as well as headwear. Stoked has recently launched their new mustard Seaside Beanie and their Maroon Sunset Cap.
Visit their website to browse and support Stoked, as a local brand. Free shipping on all orders over R599.
Behind Spiritgirl are two fun-loving, active South African girls with a sense of adventure and an eco-awareness for the world. They are proud to call the vibrant city of Cape-Town home. Their passion for design, nurture for nature and love of an active lifestyle, brought them together to form Spiritgirl to create custom-designed yoga and surfwear.
They would aspire for their apparel to inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle, help them feel free to express themselves and to shine brightly to the world. Their work is inspired by their travels, respect for other spiritual beliefs and love of nature.
The Spiritgirl collection is made from recycled plastic bottles (PET). Once the bottles have gone through the recycled process, they get woven with 20% spandex to create the beautiful sustainable Spiritgirl activewear. Through this process, less pollution is created and more energy is saved. This also cuts down the demands for dyes and fixing agents and decreases emissions of carbon dioxide.
Janine Davidson, Zimbabwean-born artist and jewellery designer, founded Scarab 28 years ago in a simple jewellery studio in the arty suburb of Observatory, Cape Town. Since then, Scarab Jewellery has steadily grown to boast a professional on-site workshop and design studio in Cape Town.
Inspired by Africa’s greatest recycler, the humble dung beetle, the Scarab Jewellery Design Studio brand embodies the growing trend of “up-cycling” the old into the new. This trend of recycling jewellery by breathing new life into tired and overworked fine jewellery design is one of their specialties. Their talented team of designers and artist goldsmiths melt down your precious metal and then rework the stones into new contemporary art pieces – the jewels of the future.
Besides the recycling of old jewellery, Scarab Jewellery Design Studio also offers clients the opportunity to be a part of the special process of designing their own bespoke jewellery. For more information on their bespoke jewellery design and the Scarab Jewellery Design Studio online shop, visit their website.
Me & B is a South African fashion brand founded by mother and daughter team, Betina Swart and Kelly Gibberd. The creative inspiration behind Me & B’s style is to create bold creative pieces that can be worn by any body type: “you don’t have to be perfect to pull it off!”.
Betina and Kelly are owners of a leading design studio in Cape Town which services some of the biggest fashion retailers in South Africa. Me & B is their latest brainchild.
As a brand that supports sustainable practices and fair trade, they urge customers to look at buying local as a way of sustainable consumption. Furthermore, Me & B are doing their part to stimulate the economy in South Africa through job creation.
Me & B’s catalog includes dresses, tops, bottoms and jumpsuits. As a sustainable brand, they do most of their styles on pre-order to help limit waste. They continually release exciting new capsules – keep your eye out for the new releases and don’t miss out, as they sell fast.
Gabrielle Swimwear is a designer swimwear label based in Cape Town, with a strong focus on sustainability and ‘slow-fashion’. They are renowned for their exclusive prints showing off the immense natural beauty of South Africa, including classics like their Protea, Strelitzia and Aloe collections.
They provide quality, ethically produced suits in a range of styles, which are sold as separates for their clients to find their perfect fit.
All fabric, trims, printing and production is locally sourced, supporting fair trade and the lycra used is certified by Reach and Okea-tex. The latest collection and all future pieces are made up using REPREVE fabric, which is 82% recycled plastic bottles cleaned up along coastlines.
Gabrielle Swimwear’s clientele is women of contemporary style, who appreciate quality made goods, timeless beauty and effortless class. To browse their catalogue of swimsuits, and other summer goodies, including leather sandals, bodysuits and bralettes, visit their website.
Heather Moore’s simple, clean pattern designs and unusual colour palette are inspired by everyday things, her love of midcentury style and a dose of African chic. In 2007 she started screen printing her patterns onto fabric, just for fun. Next thing, her hobby had become a business called Skinny laMinx, and the things she’d designed could be found in stores and homes around the globe.
Skinny laMinx opened their chic little store on Cape Town’s Bree Street in 2011, and have enjoyed watching the neighbourhood grow into the best shopping district in the city. Above the shop is their design and production studio, where they come up with all their patterns and designs, and stitch them up into beautiful things.
The Skinny laMinx products include various playful and colourful accessories, including hats, scarves, bags and face masks. Skinny laMinx also brings colour to your home, through their range of pillows, aprons, tableware and tea towels. To have a browse, visit their website or Bree Street store.