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butter pudding is so darling

I stumbled upon this local brand for little people, Butter Pudding, while admiring the Instagram account of Bailey from Kimmy & Bear. She dresses her twin girls (Florence and Anna) in the sweetest little outfits, and in one of their pics they were wearing little tasselled boots from Butter Pudding that caught my eye. I had to check this label out, and I’m so impressed. The African prints remind me of the little calico dresses my mum used to make for me when I was little. I just love that there are more and more local offerings in terms of fashion for little people. Go check Butter Pudding out!

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— Liza

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we heart cloth and print

Many, many, many moons ago, we attended a creative coffee morning and this is where we met Megan Smith for the first time. It’s so great to see how Megan has channelled her creative energy and talent and poured it into her new business, Cloth and Print, which she launched six months ago. We just love the design aesthetic of this brand. Read on to find out more about it…

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Tell us how Cloth and Print came about
I adore beautiful fabric and have a passion for print. My background is in Textile Design and over the years I have been eager to create my own handprinted collection but have parked it on the back burner until the time was right. I think the real catalyst to begin Cloth and Print came after a creative trip to Jaipur, India in 2014. Being so close to the historic craft of block-printing and being immersed in a culture rich in textiles gave me the impetus to lay the cornerstone of my dream to create my own textile collection. The name Cloth and Print simply expresses my love for fabric and my joy for print… where these two concepts meet, one repeat at a time. 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I feel inspired by so many little things we find around us. Recently, I found myself mesmerised by the rather arbitrary shadows thrown by roadside retainer blocks, thinking what a great print it would make! But more often that not, I’m drawn to the natural beauty of our surroundings, flowers in particular are a source of inspiration to my work. I find that travel is a wonderful eye-opener especially when we allow ourselves to learn from people around the globe and the creative process they follow. It shakes us out of our comfort zone and broadens our perspective.

Where can we find your products?
Cloth and Print has an online shop where all the products are available, both ready-made and custom orders. I also supply Fabricate in Gardens Centre with most of the purses and bags from the range.

What are your favourite items to date?
I absolutely adore the Clutch & Cover bag which is both fabulous and functional! With a handmade leather wrist strap and available in two sizes, it can be used as a beautiful clutch for a night on the town or an iPad cover during the day.

In just a sentence, tell us what Cloth and Print means to you
Our lives are made up of memories, and Cloth and Print is the curated cultural recollections of my life told in the manner of pattern and print.

And to celebrate the beauty of Cloth and Print, Megan is giving away a tote bag worth R350 to one lucky reader. Simply like Cloth and Print on Facebook here and tell us you’ve done so in the comments below 🙂

Support local, get shopping at Cloth and Print!

— Liza

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we’re loving autumn/winter at poetry

We’re back from our holiday – from sunshine and beach weather to cold, blustery rainy days. At least we have the Poetry autumn/winter collection to look forward to, in stores from Friday 🙂

This season, expect a few pieces in cashmere and silk, plus details such as pleats, lace, quilting and embroidery. We love the pared down neutrals with the pops of colour too.

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— Liza

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emerging creatives – using ppc cement

We love the idea of using cement as an art form. At the latest PPC Imaginarium Awards, young talented artists and designers were awarded for their expressive use of cement as a primary base or material in their creations. We especially liked the winners in the jewellery and fashion sectors…

In jewellery, winner Mignon Daubermann was inspired by the anatomy of the body where she designed two rings replicating the shapes and forms of human bones.

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And in fashion, winner Hester Erasmus used exaggerated A-line silhouettes, mixing PVC plastic with cement pieces for her collection.

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All rather interesting, don’t you think?

Look out for our cement-inspired interiors post later this week…

— Liza

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saltwater sandals now in SA!

This is the best news… we’ve been fans of Saltwater Sandals for a very long time…

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As you can see below, I only bought these amazing sandals for the littles (online in the US and UK when family and friends went over and could bring them back for me), but now I can buy right here in SA. Seriously, these are the only shoes that actually last an entire season with my littles – and they’d go for longer if their feet didn’t grow out of them.

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Saltwater Sandals were originally made from military boot scrap leather by a guy called Walter Hoy back in the US in the 1940s. They’re designed to mould to the shape of your foot which works even better when the shoes get wet… that’s why they’re perfect for the beach. Robbie is ready for a new pair and I have my eye on these tan ones for myself!

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You can buy them online here or at selected stores in Jhb and Pretoria – see the website for details. Hopefully they will be coming to Cape Town and Durban soon!

— Liza

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