Here at GLAMOUR HQ we love shopping local! Yes, as much as we can’t resist a Marc Jacobs clutch, a pair of Isabel Marant heels or a Topshop tee, there’s nothing quite like purchasing a beautiful item that has been produced locally.
The good news is that a new pop-up shop has opened up at the Gardens Centre in Cape Town stocking loads of local items from clothing to jewellery, homeware and more. So once you’ve finished your food shop at Pick ‘n Pay (it’s next door) or Woolies you can now purchase something for yourself (because we could all do with some indulgence after a food shop!) from one of the local brands including 2Bop, Anomali, A Ring To It, Coppelia, Bow Peep, Dark Horse, Good Clothing, Handmade By Me, Lauren Fowler, Love Lolla, Maiden Name, Naturals Beauty, Oh Dear Megan, Selfi, Windowsill and more. Yup, we weren’t kidding when we said ‘loads of local.’
Started by Sera Holland from Handmade By Me and Leila Badsha from Bow Peep, the two designers saw a gap in the market for a platform where local creatives could stock their items. Apart from online shopping sites, weekly markets and a few stores (that take a large commission), when they stumbled upon a vacant shop (the old pharmacy) at the Gardens Centre they saw an opportunity to create something great. And so they did. They teamed up with a number of new and well-known local creatives to create The Shoestring Collective (a collective of local craftsmen creating a shop on a shoestring).
An exciting initiative featuring incredible brands, whether you’re popping in to see what it’s all about, are in the mood for some retail therapy or want to show your support for local talent, The Shoestring Collective is now open from Sunday to Monday (next to Pick ‘n Pay at the Gardens Centre). For more info, visit their Facebook page.