LIKE NOWHERE ELSE
A guide to Cape Town’s independent retail stores.
Whether shopping for yourself, or hunting for gifts for friends and family, we want to encourage you to dig a bit deeper, explore the city and support local businesses. This month we feature fashion & soft goods for both women and men.
Sealand designs and produces upcycled bags and accessories, all hand-made in Cape Town.
Rooted in Cape Town’s Southern peninsula where mountains and ocean so vividly connect, Sealand was born with a conviction of keeping the environment front-and-centre alongside inspired functional designs and longevity. Smart material selection, compelling functionality and product durability are all palpable features of the products that they make.
Located on the edge of the CBD and the Waterfront, the Sealand Experience Store is a space that tells the brand’s whole story – to be aspirational and educational. Within the store you’ll find design innovation, inspiring stories of Sealand ambassadors, and interactive pop-ups to help fully immerse the public in the journey from waste to finished product.
Unit 6, Dock Road Junction, De Waterkant. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10am – 3pm
Behind the shopfront of Olive Green Cat is the contemporary jewellery store and shared workshop of Ida-Elsje and Philippa Green. The two designers work independently on their own ranges, but come together for collaborations like their NUNC diamond jewellery range.
While their styles are different, both produce pieces that are expressive and eclectic. Their ready-to-wear ranges include mostly rings, earrings, and cuffs, with one-off pieces including engagement rings and runway pieces. Gift vouchers are also available.
76 Church Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm
Orphan Street Clothing Shop (OSCS) is a streetwear fashion outlet that serves primarily as a home base for local Cape Town brands SOL-SOL and MAYLEE. The unique retail space also functions as a platform for designers from all over the country, showcasing both established brands and newcomers – alongside a selection of brands from Copenhagen, Tokyo, Milan and Berlin.
New collections are dropped almost monthly with small quantities and one-off pieces. Collaborations with local artists and designers are often showcased with regular evening or Saturday events. OSCS aims to be more than just a shop, becoming a social space for aspiring artists, designers, skaters and just about anyone to hang out.
7 Orphan Street. Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm
Ogūn is a local clothing brand producing a range of mostly menswear, inspired by the urban lifestyle and Cape landscapes. Designs are diverse yet uncomplicated – functional and beautiful.
Behind the brand is a passion for quality, functionality, the classic, and the ultra-modern. Ogūn specialises in blending traditional workwear and outdoor pieces, with heritage Scandinavian and Japanese style.
All products are manufactured in Cape Town, making it easier to ensure that goods are ethically produced and to maintain high quality standards. ogūn also offers a bespoke service for those who generally struggle to find the right fit.
77 Hout Street. Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm
The brainchild of Kirsty Bannerman of Coppelia and Marian Park-Ross of GOOD Clothing, Mungo & Jemima has been the home for proudly South African designers to showcase their ranges since 2008.
The flagship Long Street store is now joined by stores at the V&A Waterfront and Stellenbosch. Loyal customers have long looked to Mungo & Jemima as the source of timeless and relaxed South African style – with handpicked clothing from the ranges of GOOD and Coppelia, and accessories from Pichulik, Lorne, and FSP bags, amongst others.
The store puts quality and exclusivity at the heart of the brand and serves shoppers of all ages who seek clothing that has its own voice.
08 Long Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9:30am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10am – 5pm
At Margot Molyneux, all pieces are designed and sewn by a dedicated team of seven women. The brand’s new studio is conveniently located just around the corner from the store, allowing the team to accommodate customers with small alterations and adjustments for the perfect tailored fit.
Proudly focused on becoming a sustainable brand, great attention has been placed on a happy workspace and the use of natural fabrics, as well as locally manufactured fabrics wherever possible.
Drawing inspiration from the city, art, and the surrounding natural world, the brand has recently begun releasing non-season specific collections.
69 Roeland Street. Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Mami Wata was founded out of a love for surfing, design and Africa – a belief in the power of African surf. ‘Mami Wata’ is West African Pidgin English literally meaning ‘Mama Water’, or ‘Mother Ocean’ if you prefer. Mami Wata’s mission is to be a creative force for good in Africa.
They manufacture all of their products on the continent, creating jobs and building skills. They also support the African surf therapy organisation, Waves For Change, and work on strengthening African surf tourism to grow local economies.
Mami Wata’s Rose Street store is hard to miss – just look for the big banana sign. They stock all Mami Wata products, including tees, trunks, sweats, hats, prints and surfboards.
81 Rose Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 9am – 5pm
With Scandinavian and African family influences, Kirsten Goss produces jewellery pieces with a distinct style. Kirsten Goss ABODE is a recent extension of the jewellery brand, with signature shapes and meticulously crafted metalwork scaled up to become considered implements and objects d’art for living. This collection includes brass and sterling silver cutlery and serving-ware, along with signature soy candles, stationery, liquid hand soap and a lush hand and body cream.
229 Bree Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm
The Hat Factory – Parisian Milliners – is Cape Town’s oldest hat factory and the only one that has more than 300 hat blocks. Founded as Parisian Milliners in 1936 by the Faktor family, the factory has been in its current location since 1949, with Harry Faktor being with the business since 1953.
Designer Crystal Birch partnered with Harry and Parisian Milliners in 2018 to bring the factory with her into the future. With her injection of energy, Crystal has brought a new outlook to Parisian Milliners in the context of a deflated local clothing and textile industry.
The factory has an entirely Capetonian workforce of more than 40 employees. The Hat Factory accommodates custom orders as well as wholesale manufacturing for other brands and companies.
2 Roodehek Street. Weekdays: 8:30am – 4pm
Gone Outdoor Supply Co. is the exclusive stockist of Patagonia in South Africa – their first store opened in Cape Town in August 2017 and their Johannesburg store in October 2018. The Longmarket Street store stocks a wide selection of Patagonia goods, including clothing, bags, wetsuits and more.
Gone is guided by three core values: to live outdoors, to serve their community and to preserve the environment. Fittingly, they are a proud member of 1% for the Planet, meaning that they donate 1% of everything they earn to local environmental causes. This year the beneficiary is the African Pangolin Working Group (APWG). Pangolins are currently the most trafficked animal in the world and their plight is seldom heard.
173 Longmarket Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm
Freedom of Movement was founded in 2013 by two brothers who had a passion for design and entrepreneurship, and a dream to create a proudly South African lifestyle brand. After having qualified as a civil engineer and chartered accountant respectively, the two felt like they had earned the freedom to make their own moves.
They produce a wide range of premium leather products including bags, shoes and other lifestyle companions – incorporating their four core principles of quality, longevity, value and worth.
190 Bree Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm
Bo-Op is a local design cooperative located in Bo-Kaap – hard to miss with its Mondrian inspired exterior.
The store houses select brands that produce their goods locally, reducing production-to-retail distance and thus the products’ carbon footprint. Many of the brands echo this ethical approach in their production processes and material choices.
You’ll find the following brands at Bo-Op: Anna Rosholt Jewellery Design, Artclub and Friends, Aya Goods, BALLO, Charlie H, Dear Rae, Elke le Roux, Float Apparel, Forecast, Good Good Good, Meraki, Mille Collines, Sealand, Shine Shine, Skinny laMinx, Stockton Goods, Temple of Reason, We All Share Roots.
102 Wale Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 9am – 3pm
Blue Collar White Collar produces beautifully tailored shirts and clothing for men and women. The products are exquisitely constructed with unique and subtle details that typically set them apart.
The label is the brainchild of designer Paul van der Spuy, a household name in the local fashion scene.
The brand has less to do with fashion trends and more to do with an individual expression of what Paul feels as he looks back in time at beautifully constructed items and applies that inspiration to today’s modern looks.
Blue Collar White Collar also offers a collection of t-shirts and men’s retro boardshorts.
44 Kloof Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 6pm, Saturdays: 9am – 5pm
Keith Henning launched streetwear label, Adriaan Kuiters, named after his grandad in 2012, and two years later a collaboration with artist Jody Paulsen, known for his felt tapestries in vivid colours with cheeky pop culture references, led to the birth of AKJP.
Signature pieces, such as appliquéd coats, overlong shirts and print dresses, feature arty twists on classic and unisex utilitarian ready-to-wear, cut into boxy silhouettes and incorporating vibrant patterns, layering and asymmetrical details.
AKJP also carries a whole coterie of South African brands: ruched dresses from W35T by Nicola West; leather bags and accessories by Thalia Strates; Githan Coopoo’s ceramic jewellery, inspired by Jean Arp; and Ben Orkin’s clay vessels.
73 Kloof Street. Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10am – 4pm
Housed on the ground floor of a historic 19th century building on Bree Street, Alexandra Höjer Atelier is the home of Swedish clothing designer Alexandra Höjer’s eponymous clothing range. Alex produces limited edition womenswear that reflects her personal style – a little rock ‘n roll and a sense of modern nostalgia, mixed with grit and her innate femininity. Garments are locally manufactured with a focus on natural fibres and hand finished processes.
The store is also home to METRO=, a menswear line that Alex designs in collaboration with her husband Barry Armitage. Inspired by tradition and the nobility of workwear, they produce considered, well-cut menswear, handmade in limited quantities. Adjoining the shop you’ll find the studio where Alex, Barry and their small team work – allowing customers to witness the hands on production process.
156 Bree Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 6pm, Saturdays: 9am – 3pm
April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022