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The Exchange: A creative economy

Now here’s an interesting concept! The world’s first cashless fashion boutique, The Exchange, has been opened by NATIVE at Cavendish Square in Cape Town.

Stocked with clothing and accessories from more than 25 of South Africa’s top designers, nothing in the store can be purchased with cash or credit cards – only by becoming an organ donor.

The concept for The Exchange (outlined at www.facebook.com/organdonorfan) was conceived by Ryan McManus, Executive Creative Director at NATIVE.
“Fashion has typically been synonymous with consumerism,” he explains. “We were looking for a way in which we could change the currency of meaningless consumerism and shift it to the currency of life by purchasing fashion with organ donor registration. We partnered with the Organ Donor Foundation and came up with the idea of opening a fashion boutique where, in exchange for a garment, the consumer can literally purchase an item by registering as an organ donor to potentially save lives.”

Samantha Volschenk, Executive Director of the Organ Donor Foundation SA says, “It’s not often that we come across such a compelling piece of work that will undoubtedly make such a big impact on our organisation. Each donor registration can hopefully save seven lives and with over 500 items in the boutique, we hope to reach a target of over 3500 possible lives saved. This will be an incredible result for us.”

The pop-up boutique opened 10 May 2013 and will remain open until all the clothing and accessories have been ‘exchanged’. This means any fashion conscious Capetonians with big hearts had better move fast.

To register as a donor online, visit www.facebook.com/organdonorfan.

The Little Black Dress Company

Stunning new dresses, jackets, and other black day/evening wear has just arrived at The Little Black Dress Company in Tygervalley Shopping Centre.  All dresses are locally made and are either sourced from Cape Town designers or form part of the LBD in-house range. Sizes range from 32 to 42, catering for women of all shapes and sizes. The Little Black Dress company will also arrange delivery for those further afield.

Visit The Little Black Dress Company’s profile on Cape Town Creatives for more information.

Buy Local with Skinny Laminx

Skinny Laminx recently launched an online shop specifically for locals. Here you can find all your favourite ‘Skinny’ products ranging from cushion covers to tea towels and even gorgeous little smock dresses for children. http://shop.skinnylaminx.com

Heather Moore, the design genius behind the Skinny Laminx label lives in Cape Town, South Africa. As well as creating beautiful products, Heather also does illustration work and is the editor of ELLE Decoration blog.

To view Heather’s portfolio on Cape Town Creatives click here.

Solemates by Anja Capuzzimati

Anja Capuzzimati has created a new range of classic, soft fabric shoes for infants in the Japanese Kimono style.  These shoes are perfect to keep toes warm and covered with a casual outfit or something a bit more pretty.  The wide opening and toe box accommodates even the chubbiest little feet and the shoe strap at the back helps keep the shoes on baby’s feet.
The current range has a denim outer and cotton lined inner (pink, green or blue) with a white leather appliqué (flowers, hearts, stars or butterflies).  The two smaller sizes have a fabric sole and the two larger ones have a padded leather sole for walking.

The shoes come in four sizes:  0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months.  Remember that age is approximate so it would always be better to measure before buying. If in doubt as to which size fits best, go for a slightly larger size to allow room for growth!

These cute shoes make a perfect baby shower gift or spoiling for your own baby.

Price – R150

Solemates will soon be available at www.cleverlittlemonkey.co.za but in the meantime contact Anja to purchase a pair. info@anjacapuzzimati.com

The Little Black Dress Company: Sale Now On

The Little Black Dress Company recently relocated to Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in the Northern Suburbs and has already enjoyed great success.  In addition to their signature range, the shop also sells clothing and jewellery created by other local designers including LABEL Collections, Robyn Caris, Rouge, Desray and Modern Design Jewellery. It’s a great way to buy something gorgeous and support local talent. Sale items are reduced by 20% – 50%.

To contact The Little Black Dress Company or view their complete portfolio on Cape Town Creatives, click here.

LABEL Collections: Summer Favourites

Asymmetrical top with cowl neck detail at front and gauging detail at back

Dress with diamante knot detail at front – hand beaded in Cape Town

Mini dress with feather detail at shoulders

Dress with mother of pearl button detail – hand beaded in Cape Town

V-neck dress with satin trim detail under bust

Shimmer dress with frill detail at neck line and hem (Fully lined)

Sleeveless dress with satin trim detail at neckline and under bust, beautiful gauging detail at bust

Short sleeve dress with contrast detail at hem

Voile shirt dress with pin tuck detail

Boob tube dress with disc detail at pockets – hand beaded in Cape Town

To contact LABEL Collections or view the complete portfolio on Cape Town Creatives, click here.


Anja Capuzzimati is an Architect by trade but has a passion for crafting handbags and accessories. Have a look at some of her gorgeous, original designer handbags below, made from 100% leather sourced from South African suppliers. We think her iPhone/iPod touch sleeve in red is particularly beautiful! To contact Anja or view her complete portfolio on Cape Town Creatives, click here.

Jezzeprints Etsy Sale

The wonderfully talented Jesse Breytenbach is having a 25% off sale in her Etsy shop, in order to make room for new stock.  The sale includes hand printed fabric, brooches, notebooks and purses.

South Africans can buy via Etsy or contact Jesse directly, and pay via EFT.  Shipping is free within South Africa.

To contact Jesse or view her complete portfolio on Cape Town Creatives, click here.

New Tote Bag from Wren Design

Wendren Milford of Wren Design has created another stuning handbag to add to her collection of innovative designs, inspired by nature and motivated by sustainable principles. The new bag called ‘The Wren Tote’ is a large handbag designed to be practical, durable, eco-friendly, useful, secure and plentiful in space.

The bag is made from reinforced Jute Coffee Sacks that come from fair trade tea and coffee plantations all over the world (including some Groundnut bags that come from South Africa). The reinforcing is a fused black cotton that adds durability, helps maintain the shape of the bag and lines the inside.

The bag closes with a strong metal zip. On each end of the zip is a pres stud cap that clips down to change the shape and size of the bag.

To view Wren Design’s complete portfolio on Cape Town Creatives, click here.