Hello lovelies! I hope this post finds you well.
If you follow me on Instagram, where you’ll see my day-to-day life, the places i see and the things that inspire me, you will have seen i recently headed to Franschhoek for the day. I went as a guest of Franschhoek Tourism who invited me to come and experience some of their key retailers – and i’m so glad i did! I discovered some new spots and revisited some favourites i haven’t been to in absolute ages. The entire experience reminded me why Franschhoek is such a brilliant destination – for restaurants of course, but also for seriously rewarding shopping! Take a look…
Ebony/Curated is a Franschhoek style stalwart – and on stepping into the expansive two-storeyed, dressed-to-thrill in charcoal space, it’s easy to see why. They’ve been in the business for 13 years and yet Ebony continues to grow in popularity – all thanks to the eagle eyes and careful curation of owners Dewald Prinsloo, Leonard de Villiers and Marc Stanes, whose knowledge of and passion for South African contemporary art, furniture and collectables is nothing short of inspiring. It’s the kind of emporium where you might linger over an eye-catching artwork or handmade chair you just know will look fabulous in your own space, where you’ll drool over handcrafted ceramics and gorgeously glazed vessels by local talents and where African crafts are elevated into the coolest collectables. If there is one place to visit when you visit one of the most charming villages in the Cape, make sure it’s Ebony – and since you’re likely in town for some R&R – be sure to visit their nearby gallery Ebony Curated that features a procession of South African contemporary artists you need to know. 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek. 021 876 4477
You know when you’re on holiday and you just need to buy something fabulous to wear to enhance your equally fabulous holiday mood? Well, Desray is the kind of fashion retailer that will give you all the holiday feels – long after the vacay has ended! I’m a fan of the brand already but there was something special about walking into the bricks-and-mortar Franschhoek store – it’s so well merchandised and all that white light showed off the seasonal styles beautifully. GM Kate Fishlock is really really good at what she does – she imbues confidence in her clients and makes sure they leave with something that really really works for them. I saw so much i loved at Desray – an African toile print fit and flare dress that i fell in love with immediately, the most gorgeous tunics in eye-catching prints and patterns (Desray isn’t known as the queen of print and pattern for nothing) and a plethora of plain and printed wrap and button through shirt dresses which would do so well for lunch with friends but also for a meeting at work – click here to see some of them online. Shop 7,The Village Square, 48 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 021 448 2887
THE DIAMOND WORKS
There’s no denying that Franschhoek is one of the most romantic destinations in the Western Cape and nothing puts people in the mood for diamonds and precious jewellery than love, right? The Diamond Works is the Franschhoek representative of the flagship headquarters in Cape Town and i was invited to enjoy a Sparkling Experience, where i was offered a glass of local bubbly on arrival and given a lowdown on how diamonds are produced, why Tanzanite is such a valuable investment and what stones and jewellery designs are hitting style high spots lately (spoiler: i’m THRILLED to say tennis bracelets are back in fashion!) The staff were so warm and engaging and it was so interesting to learn that Tanzanite is increasing 25% year on year in value – and that black diamonds are a major trend to follow, right now. I must admit, i would love love love a black diamond tennis bracelet or a mini stud to go in my second or third ear piercings. Also – it’s good to know that they have really good special prices on some of their precious stone jewellery. Shop 1, 56 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 021 876 3318
Hope you enjoyed this little roundup – stay tuned for round 2 coming up in a day or two’s time.