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Go buy the November issue of Wallpaper*, now!

A month or so I was given the incredible opportunity of contributing to the November issue of Wallpaper* Magazine. For the last two weeks I have haunting the aisles at Exclusives and other purveyors of good magazines, and it is officially out! It’s a huge honour for me to read my name (middle name included, of course) in the pages of a magazine that I associate with impeccable taste, strong writing and an appreciation of all culture.

The November issue features Wallpaper’s top 20 reasons to be in countries the likes of France, Portugal, China, Canada, Sweden, and, of course, South Africa. I interviewed and wrote about four Capetonian creatives/platforms that I think are doing things a little differently.

Get your pods on the latest issue of Wallpaper* to find out why Crystal Birch, Cindy Poole from The Summit, Jenna Bass and Hannes Bernard from Jungle Jim and Murray von Hirschberg from Enmasse are giving the rest of the world a reason to keep an eye on our country.


Snapper Dapper, Dapper Snapper

This is a virtual shoutout to The Summit’s handsome range of leather bow ties:

I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m a’comin’ for ya.

My longstanding lust for The Summit was previously documented here

The Summit

I concluded my Christmas shopping today after realising that mall-bought gifts would just not do. Three hours into my stint at the Waterfront yesterday I was wandering aimlessly and had lost sight of the task at hand – to choose meaningful, enduring gifts that will surprise and  delight my family (as Jan Brady as that may sound). I was also dangerously close to buying a monotone polka dot romper, which goes to show that you should never shop alone for extended periods of time; lack of hydration and an overwhelming influx of stimuli do nothing but cloud one’s judgement.

And so this morning I resurrectedy my search for gifts for my brother and mom – one, I found at the Biscuit Mill, courtesy of Chloe Essery’s Blackbird label and the other, I found at Haas in the Bo Kaap. They are obviously a secret, but I will post pictures of them in situ as soon as the mistletoe is down and the mincepies are in the belly.

The Biscuit Mill was a warm seething tide of bodies cruising from one stall to the next, but we did manage to secure Alibaba lamb schwarmas and Espresso Lab lattes, and then slipped into the cool shade of the design tent. Olivia fell for an interestingly cut pinny from Take Care, and then we moved on to what I consider to be the real show stopper of the design tent, Cindy Poole’s The Summit luxury gentlemen’s wear.

In the back left corner of the tent you’ll find her artfully, thoughtfully displayed leather goods – briefcases, pocketbooks, belts and ties, all too dapper for words and with an interesting, sartorial twist to each. With such a weakness for tailored men’s clothing myself, particularly anything tuxedo-esque, I had to be gingerly pried from the bow tie section, where a tan leather bow tie on a suspender strap (R700) had captured my heart. If I still have a reasonable sum of money post-holidays, then I am going to be calling it my own in January. Otherwise, we’re looking at a lean month.

But at least I’ll be the owner of a leather bowtie on a suspender strap.