Makers I Met May 6, 2017 08:43
Kamers St. John’s was at the end of April and it was a beautiful and rewarding experience as always.
I launched my new range, which has had such a positive response. For those of you with fomo, it should be listed online in the next week or two. You’ll get to see it and shop soon!
I love meeting my social media followers in person and helping them choose their favourite sleepwear. It’s also invaluable to hear direct feedback about what you like and don’t like, and I always take that into consideration in my new collections.
But besides the shoppers, my fellow makers are such lovely people. There is an atmosphere of sharing and a spirit of generosity. Everyone exchanges stories and it’s always good to hear that you’re not alone in your business challenges!
Here are a few of the makers behind some of my favourite Kamers finds.
The calabash is a distinctly African fruit but I didn’t realize how much nurturing they needed. Kaylie is an incredible storyteller and wove a tale which started with a family holiday in Turkey where her mom found a species of calabash with a shape she really liked, and brought some seeds back to South Africa.
She found a farmer in the Kalahari to plant them, but it seems that calabashes require 24/7 minding. A group of Nama caretakers ensures the fruits don’t topple over. They also need to be turned regularly to retain a beautiful, balanced shape.
It can take up to a year for a calabash to reach its preferred size. Then it needs to be dried, sent back to Gauteng where it’s cleaned (the seeds are sent back to the farmer for planting) and has its design drilled by hand. Some are then sent off to a panelbeater who sprays them white.
Eventually, after their long journey, they are transformed into beautiful chandeliers, each one unique and special.
I discovered Skin Creamery about 7 months ago and fell in love. Basically it ticks all the boxes:
- It isn’t tested on animals
- It’s organic. There is a massive movement towards eating organic food and people are more and more conscious of what they put into their bodies. However, we’re still lagging a little in the skin care and beauty departments. Putting chemical laden products on your skin is sometimes more harmful than ingesting them. If you want to know which ingredients to avoid in particular, go here. (http://www.skincreamery.co.za/why-organic/)
- It’s beautifully packaged in glass and for some of the products you can buy refill sachets.
- It smells beautiful.
- A little goes a long, long way.
- It’s made in South Africa.
- People often compliment me on my skin so I know it actually works. So many products out there make all sorts of wild and wonderful promises. This one just quietly does the job.
Hannah is soft-spoken and lives life on her own terms. She designed the range to be simple and easy to use and didn’t want to develop dozens of products just for the sake of it.
I’ll take simple and effective any day!
Brigitte is a bubbly, quirky person and I couldn’t imagine anyone better suited to designing candies!
She makes all her candies from home and sources many of the delicate and subtle flavours from France.
Imagine spending your days coming up with delicious new flavours for lollipops!
Well when you do that for a living you can come up with unusual combinations like:
- Pear & Rosemary
- Orange Blossom & Fennel Floret
- Chilli & Cherry
- Orange Blossom and Lemonade
- Coffee Bean and Vanilla (which was a serious pick-me-up one afternoon when I really could’ve done with a nap but had so much work to do!)
They are delightful and nostalgic sweets that can only brighten your day.
I look forward to meeting more makers at the Castle of Good Hope later in May.