PESSO: Handcrafted Footwear & Bags

CATHI TREVOR

I’m not a huge lover of cold weather as I prefer sunshiny days with time spent swimming in the sea, however, there’s one huge yay factor when it comes to winter, layering up with coats, scarves and boots! I’m currently obsessing over my latest PESSO boots; here’s why I love this local brand now available online:

CATHI TREVOR PESSO BOOTS

“A lot of what we design is based on successes from the previous season. As we are a brand focused on “slow, honest fashion” our range tries to always stay true to this ethos. So we will take what we see trending and “Pessonize” it – make it more relevant to the everyday women without losing the integrity and values of the brand” – Lou Holding, PESSO owner and buyer

CATHI TREVOR WEARING PESSO BOOTS

My current two faves are these brown ankle boots with zip side detail and my latest black ankle boots

I’m on my feet for most of the day, dressing and styling models, so footwear is important to me, for comfort and of course to look good too. Shoes really make a huge difference in one’s ‘tired factor’ and for that reason I keep a pair of sneakers in the studio incase I’ve opted on wearing heels, which aren’t the most practical to run around in, (but who doesn’t love a pair of heels to make one feel fabulous?) I’ve been really spoilt being sent some lovelies from PESSO and experiencing no blisters or chafing, just a pleasure of wearing super comfortable fabulous shoes!

PESSO BOOTS

These boots are made for walking!!

PESSO leather boots, shoes and bags are now available online shop here and in Step Ahead and Shoe Connection countrywide. I was sent a voucher to shop online where the entire shopping experience was effortless, (the hardest part was deciding which pair of boots to choose!) which arrived within two days!

CATHI TREVOR WEARING PESSO BOOTS

Ankle boots are huge this season and can be worn with just about everything including dresses, skirts, jeans, jumpsuits and pants; pop on a pair of stockings (fishnet on trend) or socks (colourful or glittery) to finish off your look.

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Happy Wednesday

Cath

THE ENVY: Jewellery collection

Bella wears Oblong resin earrings R350

On Muizenberg Main Road you’ll find SOBEIT STUDIO , crammed full of amazing things from lighting, to furniture to fabulous decor pieces; the studio’s desire: “to make the ordinary obsolete”, worth another blogpost, but in the meantime, I spied this lovely jewellery range “THE ENVY”, created by Liezle Van Vuuren. Her gorgeous daugher Bella, modelled these lovelies for me; read more on Liezle’s collection:

“Holy bejeweled desire comes in the shape of wholly original bangles, necklaces, pendants and rings” – THE ENVY

How long you’ve been creating, what did you do beforehand and why did you go into Jewellery designing?:

I’ve been creating for 21 years! I studied at the Design Academy of Fashion before dabbling around in the fashion industry working on a children’s range. My husband Bartél, started making moulds to use when working with resin, and one day made a mould of a bangle and the rest is history! As I’ve always been jewellery obsessed, I decided to follow my passion and started creating jewellery as a side line while doing an office job. In 2011 we officially launched our brand Sobeit Studio at the Design Indaba and now do jewellery designing full time.

Resin Hoop Earrings R350

Self taught or studied Jewellery design?

I’m completely self taught. Bartel is an expert on resin so I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve done loads of book research to online jewellery manufacturing communities. I am also very lucky to have a jeweller friend that freely gives me his time and advise whenever I ask him.

How would you describe your style?

This is always such a hard thing for me to answer but bright and bold hold the most appeal; I prefer creating big pieces and as I always like to say, “ I don’t do Itsy – Bitsy!”

What inspires you?

The materials I work with and designing and creating items that I would wear myself.

What mediums do you prefer working with?

I work with silver, brass and semi-precious stones and resin, which I find is such a versatile medium. I started off by casting resin into moulds and currently working on new pieces using a CNC router. I get very excited when a piece is finished to perfection!

Where are your pieces currently available?

My jewellery is available from our SOBEIT STUDIO in Muizenberg, as well as on Hello Pretty

and at St.Siena in Kalk Bay.

Resin half moon earrings R350

If not designing what do you like to do?

Definitely spending time with my family and to read, read, read!

Resin shard necklace with glass beads R650 and disc dangle earrings R350

More of THE ENVY pieces SOBEIT

Voodoo, Baby

Individually hand crafted and unique. Available in monochrome colours and rubbish pink. Sizes: Small, Medium Large

African wrap bangles

Resin bangle tightly wrapped in gorgeous African textiles.

Prayer Beads

Delica bead necklace with sterling silver swallow and skulls.

Skedel

Anatomically accurate miniature sculls and mixed media comprising of semiprecious stone, crystal & glass Colours: White, Black, Turquoise, Rubbish pink, Dirty Blue

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CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN REEVES PHOTOGRAPHER

MODEL: BELLA VAN VUUREN

STYLING: CATHI TREVOR

PICHULIK: AUTUMN/WINTER2018 COLLECTION

Inspired by colours of the passing landscape whilst driving through the Cedarberg, PICHULIK designer Katherine-Mary noticed the stark contrast between barren stretches versus lush green pastures and decided to incorporate the subtle hues into her latest Autumn/Winter2018 jewellery & clothing collection, titled Talisman for Rain:

PICHULIK  JEWELLERY & CLOTHING A/W2018

Earthy tones of fern and Amazon green hand woven knits and beadwork used by designer Nadya von Stein, mixed with two toned green, malachite and mottled green serpentine are the dominant colours interwoven together.

PICHULIK  JEWELLERY & CLOTHING A/W2018

‘I wanted to create pieces that double as totems and talismans totems because they define a tribe or social group and are artefacts that bind certain people together, and talismans because they are imbued with the power to bring something about or ward something off. I wanted the pieces to have an ancient, sacred feel,’ Pichulik says of the design process. ‘Because totems are assembled of elements that carry spiritual reverence or depict family legends, sacred beings and culturally significant animals, people or historical events, she says.

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‘The autumn/winter18 earrings and necklaces such as Earth Mother mimic this. The team worked with layers of jade and cattle horn, both of which symbolise Earth in Celtic cultures. The simple, voluptuous Erzulie pendant and earrings take their name from Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love, who shares a name with the Yaruban river goddess. Similarly, PICHULIK’s Mama Wata earrings take their cue (and name) from the water spirit Mama Wata (Mother Water), who is celebrated through much of Africa’.

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The collection features PICHULIK’s trademark yacht rope to which the team

has added real and faux malachite, serpentine, red jasper, freshwater pearls,

Transvaal jade and brass. It brings together the two distinct styles that have

emerged in Pichulik’s work over the last three seasons: the heavy handbeaded designs of the Habibi collection and the pared down geometric shapes as seen in the Harvest collection.

PICHULIK  JEWELLERY & CLOTHING A/W2018

‘We have begun to define and refine our ranges to offer a premium seasonal

collection while continually updating the Ndebele and Classics ranges that

embody PICHULIK’s origins,’ says Pichulik. ‘The Talisman for Rain collection, like

all our work, is first and foremost a celebration of hand craft and all items

goes through two workshops before they are complete, from casting the wax moulds for components to handwrapping them.’It also introduces the brand’s new disc rings designed to be stacked with any PICHULIK ring to create a strong, personalised hand adornment.

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True to the brand DNA, Talisman is inspired by and created for strong women,

a message that is brought across by You Are Enough, the slogan that has become part of every new PICHULIK collection. ‘As women, our greatest shortcoming is the belief that we are not enough. Everything in our lives are determined by this and I want our jewellery to remind women that they are enough; that being worthy does not stem from something superficial and

cosmetic but is woven into our souls. It is something no one can take away from us.’

#PICHULIKBYNADYA

PICHULIK  JEWELLERY & CLOTHING A/W2018

For winter, designer Nadya von Stein has echoed PICHULIK’s greens in the handwoven knits and beadwork of her garments. #PichulikbyNadya’s commitment to sustainable design is all the more significant with this collection’s focus on water. The predominant fabric is, as before, hemp, a

plant that is far less thirsty than conventional crops used to make fibre.

Their winter suit is made from knitted organic hemp melange and the high waisted trousers and matching jersey top and jacket incorporate PICHULIK’s half moon cut out. A standout new piece is the organic hemp stretch T-shirt emblazoned with PICHULIK’s talisman for rain using a combination of gold foiling, handpainting and beading. ‘I wanted to create something fresh, to evoke the feeling you get when a long dry spell has been broken and the sweet, fresh, powerful smell of the earth after the first rains,’ says Von Stein.

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Pichulik worked with other powerful women, strong brands and creatives. ‘We worked with Missibaba to create two bags in line with the totemic earrings.We also commissioned Nabeeha Mohamed, a painter, artist and #pichulikwoman, to create a drawing which we are going to use in the storytelling together with totem illustrations by Ruschka du Toit.’

PICHULIK  JEWELLERY & CLOTHING A/W2018 & MISSIBABA

About Missibaba

Missibaba is a Cape Town based, luxury accessory label founded by leather devotee Chloe Townsend. Dedicated to empowering women, the Missibaba family is 18 women strong. Their

accessories radiate an exotic exuberance with a flair for colour and texture and continuously push

the boundaries of imagination. As slow fashion enthusiasts, the consummate team behind the

Missibaba brand takes the time to meticulously hand craft each unique piece with patience and love. Passionate about South Africa and supporting the local industry, Missibaba invests in developing the team’s skills and is involved in upliftment and skills sharing programme in communities from Stellenbosch to Nairobi.

Quote from Chloe Townsend

“Collaborating with Pichulik felt very natural. Our brands share a similar visual

language and ethos with both offerings complementing and enhancing the beauty of all materials used. We both seek to celebrate women and the feminine, sharing this joy, love and strength through our pieces. Missibaba used locally sourced leather in earthy tones that embody a call for rain throughout this collection”.

Available in stores from 17 May

starting with PICHULIK’s online shop.

Shop the collection at http://www.pichulik.com

Social Media Links:

Facebook: @PICHULIK

Instagram: @pichulikafrica

Twitter: @Pichulik

Lookbook credits:

Photographer: Alix Rose Cowie

Hair and Makeup: Amori Birch

Stylist: Katherine-Mary Pichulik

Models: Taira Naidoo at Fantastic Agency

Maye Srouji at My Friend Ned

Womenswear: #PichulikbyNady

Happy Mothers Day

cath

FASHION: STATEMENT SOCK TREND

Far from being boring, socks are an exciting and relatively cheap accessory to lift one’s wardrobe into looking uber cool. As seen on International Leisure Travel themed runways, socks are everywhere and worn with absolutely everything; Prada’s scalloped and feminine skirts were paired with knee-high soccer socks while Gucci’s logo printed socks were worn with metallic pumps or loafers; Valentino sported striped socks worn beneath T-strap sandals and Stella McCartney took one step further including an 85% upcycled pair of her new sustainable socks accompanying her Autumn 2018 show’s invitation, to raise awareness of sustainability in the fashion industry. Scroll down for sock inspiration and check out some of our local sock brands who are making a statement!

credit: GUCCI CRUISE 2018

PUT A SOCK ON IT!

Quirky and colourful SEXY SOCKS SA are eco-friendly and made from bamboo. For every pair of SEXY SOCKS bought, a pair of school socks are given to a child in one of South Africa’s township schools.

sexy socks co

SEXY SOCKS SA Flamingo bamboo socks R199

PINTEREST

PINTEREST inspiration! ( I bought fishnet socks like these ones & stockings at a small shop in between Cavendish and the Link, R170 for both)

fendi socks trend

CREDIT: FENDI RUNWAY SPRING/SUMMER 2018

pinterest sock trend

Pinterest inspiration!

fishnet socks

LOVE the black ensemble

chic fishnet socks

Are these just the best!

‘Socks are absolutely amazing.They have the ability to make you feel something special each morning when you put them on. You can either feel especially crap or especially socksational. We obviously lean towards socksational’ – Nic Harry

NIC HARRY use comfortable and luxurious bamboo fibres when producing socks. Their mission is ” to protect our planet wherever possible. We recycle, using environmentally conscious fabrics, cleaner and processes wherever we can’.

nic harry socks

NIC HARRY STEPUP R179

SEXY SOCKS SA

SEXY SOCKS SA: Shutters R199

nic harry socks

NIC HARRY R179 PRIDE STRIPE SOCKS

KEITH HARING BY HAPPY SOCKS

Keith Haring by HAPPY SOCKS SUPERBALIST R179

STYLE REPUBLIC SOCKS AT SPREE

SHIMMER SOCKS BY STYLE REPUBLIC @ SPREE R79

NIC HARRY SOCKS BARBER FOR WOMEN

NIC HARRY WOMEN SOCKS – BARBER R179

FEAT. is short for ‘feature’, because we’ve always loved socks that stand out as the feature of an outfit, or become a talking point for conversation. We hope that our socks do that for you”. – FEAT.SOCK.CO

FEAT socks

FEAT.SOCKS.CO – LADIES ANATOMY R115

feat sock co

TOWNSIDE BY FEAT SOCK CO R115-125

happy socks at zando

HAPPY SOCKS @ ZANDO R139

WOOLWORTHS FISHNET STOCKINGS

WOOLWORTHS FISHNETS R60.47

SEXY SOCKS SA

SEXY SOCKS SA ROADTRIPPING R199

ADIDAS ORIGINAL SOCKS

ADIDAS ORIGINAL 3 PACK SOCKS @ SUPERBALIST R179

STYLE REPUBLIC @ SPREE

STYLE REPUBLIC @ SPREE flower detail socks R79

feat sock co

FEAT SOCK CO lighthouse & puffins R115-R125

trenery @ woolworths ladies socks

TRENERY @ WOOLWORTHS cotton R99.86

That’s it for today – I’m going to be spending the next hour or two looking for some more sock inspirations!

Take care and happy day

cath

(GIVEAWAY): THOMAS SABO jewellery worth R10 000

THOMAS SABO jewellery

Jewellery is a way to express your individuality and creativity. THOMAS SABO‘s array of lovelies has something to suit everyone’s taste and personality, whether it’s a beautifully classic piece from their Fine Line collection or one of the many unique charms from the Sterling silver Charm Club. The best bit? I’m doing a GIVEAWAY worth 10K for one lucky reader! Scroll down to read more:

THOMAS SABO jewellery

THOMAS SABO jewellery

THOMAS SABO jewellery

THOMAS SABO jewellery

SPARKLE ME

Since 1984 Thomas Sabo has been crafting innovative and trendsetting jewellery pieces and watch designs and is available online here.

Crafted in masterly fashion from precious metals such as 925 Sterling Silver, 18k Gold or Rose Gold plus sparkling diamonds and precious coloured stones, THOMAS SABO’s latest Fine Line Collection is a real treat and should you win, you get to choose something to the value of R10000. How cool is that? I spent ages scrolling through their online store and various collections and decided on this lovely piece called “CIRCLES” made from zirconia white stones set in sterling silver alongside a gold circle.

THOMAS SABO jewellery : Cathi Trevor

“Our aim is to offer every customer – whether man or woman, the ideal accessory for every outfit and for every occasion.” – Thomas Sabo

THOMAS SABO jewellery

THOMAS SABO jewellery

THOMAS SABO jewellery

THOMAS SABO jewellery

To participate follow the steps below:

1. Name one of the collections from THOMAS SABO and type it in the comments below or on my

Instagram page or email me directly cathietrevor@gmail.com Subject: Giveaway Thomas Sabo
2. Go to Thomas Sabo Facebook here and like their page

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*entries close midnight on Tuesday 24 April
Winner to be announced Wednesday 25 April midday.

Open to SA Residents only

THOMAS SABO JEWELLERY

THOMAS SABO JEWELLERY

Thomas Sabo jewellery

how cute are these bracelets!

THOMAS SABO JEWELLERY

There’s some fab pieces for guys too!

And that’s it! Happy day !!

Cath

FASHION FILE: BROGUES

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS

You probably associate brogues with menswear and rightly so, but this season sees influencers and celebs sporting their brogues with feminine dresses, skirts and skinnies. Brogues in general are flat lace-ups with detail on the top. Scroll down to get some tips and ideas on how to pair this manly trend with outfits to take you through the winter months ahead.

I’ve paired my Green Cross brogues with H & M skinnies, a Country Road striped top and a Zara blazer

Photography: Ian Reeves

cathi trevor wearing green cross brogues

emma watson wearing brogues

Emma Watson wears her brogues to maximum effect by showing some skin

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham wears her two tones with an all black ensemble for workwear chic!

Leather pants never seem to go out of fashion and paired with a soft sweater, denim jacket + brogues = yes please!

Alexa Chung’s oxblood brogues are fab aren’t they?

A long white shirt+ fitted blazer works well with skinnies + silver brogues = hot!

Love these shiny brouges worn with an all black ensemble elongates the silhouette, topped with a scarf and trend of the moment- tucked in hair

Long coat + brogues + denim = fab; the dash of red neckerchief balances the red detail in the jeans

A mid length jacket works proportionally well with rolled up pants; so chic and elegant with heel brogues

taylor swift wearign brogues

Taylor Swift wearing her brouges with skinnies and striped shirt = simple & stylish

Platform brogues are the way to go worn with skinny blue denim and a kaftan- I’m still looking for a great pair that are comfortable. (I bought some from Zara last year but they gave me blisters and I haven’t been brave enough to wear them in!)

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I am currently obsessed with my PESSO brogues!

HAPPY SHOPPING AND HAPPY DAY!

Cath

POLKA DOTS: FASHION TREND 2018

As seen on the Spring18 shows of Balenciaga, Dior, Carolina Hererra and more, the polka dot motif is back and on point! On the streets celebs and influencers are wearing this versatile trend in multiple ways from chiffon dresses with sock boots to ankle grazing skirts worn over jeans with sneakers. I’ve rounded up my favourite images from the Spring18 shows and streetwear style, plus a few Buy Now pieces!

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I’m wearing an Agnes B shirt I’ve had forever, well actually it belonged to hubby, but I’ve swiped it to my side of the wardrobe!

CREDIT: IAN REEVES PHOTOGRAPHER

Dior Spring18 show

DIOR Spring18 show

Carolina Herrera Spring18 show

Jason Wu Spring 2018 show

Sachin & Babi Resort

I love this ensemble of faux fur plus polka plus ankle boots!

Deliciously burgundy! (I may be ready for winter and you?)

Trench coat, polkas and sneakers = fab

Collage Vintage

Greys, whites and black = YES!

CREDIT: Collage Vintage

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The pop of green is an excellent addition to a black and white dotty palette

Here are a few BUY NOW lovelies like this one below that’s on sale now:

superbalist

SUPERBALIST Polka Dot Bardot was R599 now R449 SHOP HERE

MANGO DRESS

MANGO red polka DRESS R1199 SHOP HERE

poetry

Poetry jumper R599 SHOP HERE

MANGO FASHION

MANGO monochrome polka SHIRT R699 SHOP HERE

MANGO SHIRT

Choosing a colour dot over the standard monochrome = spot on!

MANGO SHIRT R699 SHOP HERE

country road

Country Road skirt R799 SHOP HERE

Why not bring the trend in as an accessory like these:

balenciaga skirt bag

how cool is Balenciaga’s skirt bag?

Want to know more about 2018 trends to look out for? Let me know

HAPPY DAY

Cath

LORNE JEWELLERY: Local Artist

LORNE JEWELLERY

If you’re looking for some interesting pressies for friends or simply a spoil for yourself, FABRICATE, a contemporary South African design gift shop, is definitely worth a visit and this is where I came across local brand, LORNE jewellery, whose whimsical structured pieces are so lovely I had to share here:

LORNE JEWELLERY

Gillian Lawrence, founder of Lorne Jewellery works out of her Cape Town studio in Hope Street, creating gorgeous handmade pieces. Thebe Magugu collaborated with her at SA Fashion Week October17 and this relatively new designer is going places – watch this space!

THEBE MAGUGU SA FASHIONWEEK17

THEBE MAGUGU SA FASHIONWEEK17

I read this fab article on Gillian Lawrence, founder of Lorne Jewellery, in the House & Leisure, read here.

LORNE JEWELLERY

LORNE JEWELLERY

LORNE JEWELLERY

I love this piece!

LORNE JEWELLERY

LORNE JEWELLERY

LOVE!!

LORNE JEWELLERY

LORNE JEWELLERY

If I was a collaborator I’d put her lovely squiggles and shapes alongside Pablo Picasso’s doodles – wouldn’t they look beautiful together?

pablo picasso doodle

PICASSO

pablo picasso doodle

PICASSO

pablo picasso bird drawing

PICASSO – BIRD

pablo picasso horse drawing

PICASSO – HORSE

LORNE JEWELLERY IS AVAILABLE AT CREATIVE REVOLT, FABRICATE, MUNGO & JEMIMA, PURR, AMITI SHOP AND ONLINE

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Happy Monday peeps

cath

LOVE: Rafaela Leah Jewellery

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A couple of weeks ago we went to the launch of RAFAELA LEAH, bespoke imported jewellery available online in South Africa. Bonnie Mbuli is one of the gorgeous ladies, alongside Juliana Vermeiren, representing the brand. (I featured Bonnie on my blog last month here). I absolutely adore these pieces and thought I’d share some lovelies just in time for some last minute Christmas shopping!

rafaela leah jewellery

Every piece of Rafaela Leah jewellery is named after special women in Carine’s life to match their individual personalities – a nice touch!

Bonnie Mbuli having a laugh with Carine Glass, founder of RAFAELA LEAH

bonnie mbuli wearing rafaela leah jewellery

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Rosegold plated cubic zirconia

rafaela leah jewellery

Danella sterling silver angel wing ring

rafaela leah jewellery

Juliana ring rose-gold-plated and set with the finest cubic zirconia stones (named after Juliana Vermeilen)

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this is my fave ring – how nice!

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