REVIEW: TAKKLEBERRY PANTY STUDIO

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I love pretty underwear so was most excited to come across Takkleberry’s lacy knickers and bralettes, locally designed and made in South Africa. I caught up with owner Taryn King, whose passion for the brand is evident; she shares her inspiration, entering the local market, her future plans and dreams:

TAKKLEBERRY LINGERIE: OWNER TARYN KING

The gorgeous owner Taryn King

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I live in Cape Town with my bullterrier pup, Badger who has taught me to throw caution to the wind, to not take life too seriously and to live in the moment. When I’m not in the studio or having conversations with dogs I meet in the park, you’ll find me getting lost in the mountains. I’m an avid trail runner and like to keep my office-to-mountain hours pretty much balanced. Getting out into nature completely relaxes me, providing me with perspective and energy. I love the feeling of heading out into the mountains with bare essentials, literally unplugging from the world.

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About the name T a k k l e b e r r y:

My nickname from when I was a kid was Takkie which then evolved into Takkle. I heard somebody call me ‘Takkleberry’ once and I liked it! A Takkleberry is also like a hardcore utility belt, (think moonbag on steroids! ) used by superheroes and officers to carry their weapons, which I thought was pretty bad-ass!

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The Inspiration Behind the Brand:

I’ve always loved pretty, feminine things; polka dot socks with frilly trims, floral headbands; delicately embroidered scarves, pjs with lace trims and pockets and ruffles and mostly I love pretty underwear! My wardrobe is a collection of beautiful pieces that mean something to me, whether there’s a story behind how I came to own them or because of the way they make me feel when wearing them.

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‘Some days are blue jeans and white t-shirt days and some days I want to be a fairy with flowers in my hair. But it’s not everyday you can leave the house in a Clown Suit just because you woke up feeling playful and ridiculous! And that’s the beauty of underwear – it’s for you alone. You can be rocking a pair of baby-blue-highrise-knickers and a frilly bralette you picked up in a thrift store in Sorento, no matter what the dress code calls for’.

‘I’m all about delicate fibres and textures that feel wonderful on my skin. The tricky thing when it comes to underwear is finding pieces that are both beautiful to look at AND which feel beautiful on! I recently cleared out my lingerie drawers and tossed so many items which I had held onto for so long because they were just too lovely to part with and trying them on again, I remembered just why I have never actually worn them- life is too short for camel-toe and hungry-bum underwear!

I am always on the scout for pretty, comfy panties to add to my collection. And to be honest it’s a battle. Finding underwear in South Africa that is vaguely affordable, well made and not mass produced in China is next to impossible. T a k k l e b e r r y ‘s vision is to change that.

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How it Began:

‘I did research on producing my own line and there are some disheartening stories about the clothing manufacturing industry in South Africa; the many factories bought by Chinese companies just to be shut down. As a result there are so many highly talented seamstresses, machinists, pattern makers with decades of experience and world class skills, that are now out of work’.

‘I met many wonderful men and women who have been sewing garments for 40 years, who found the industry they had dedicated their lives to implode around them. The disappearance of big factories has meant that some have since started up mini home-based factories of their own, but in order to compete with the big dogs they end up working for next to nothing”.

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My business partner:

One of the amazing women I met is vibrant and sassy Claudine, an incredible machinist, and best of all , is an ‘ideas woman’, helping me shape, visualize and run the Takkleberry brand as a business. Meeting wonderful people like Claudine with their heartfelt stories had me rethink my own purchasing habits as well as the impact I have as an entrepreneur.

Claudine’s dream was to start her own clothing manufacturing operation, but lacked the capital, so I was able to invest in Claudine’s vision, and together we are a rockstar team indeed! Claudine’s in charge of the production team, quality controller, head machinist, and most important, the person who keeps me in check and keeps me laughing. My best days are spent in Claudine’s studio, drinking coffee with the ladies, laughing and talking about our big plans.

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Plans for the Future:

Our focus is on creating beautiful underwear to happy bums around South Africa. We’re overwhelmed with the way TAKKLEBERRY has been received since launching in December, and already selling at our current production capacity, which is fabulous! Our plan within the next few months is to do some collaborations with other local brands which emulate our business philosophy and to stock physical stores as well. Watch this space!

On the CMT side of things, our growing team is moving into bigger studio space to allow Claudine and team the opportunity to take on more contracts from other start up businesses who share our mindset. Our dream is to see the clothing manufacturing industry in Cape Town rebuilt in a way which is is sustainable, fair, collaborative and inclusive.

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The way forward:

I am so excited to come across entrepreneurs and designers who are following the global movement toward sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle choices. It’s no longer okay to shop unconsciously, nor okay to run a business without your impact on your community and the world around you being at the forefront of your decisions. Like all things, this takes time, but I believe we’ll get there.

For now, we have a responsibility as producers to educate other producers; to collaborate; to share ideas and resources. Not to exploit local independent producers but rather to empower them and help grow the industry we operate in. To upskill our people and offer opportunities for the younger generation to get involved to protect the longevity of the industry and of our own businesses.

Most importantly we have a responsibility as consumers. To talk to our friends, parents, colleagues, children about how we can contribute; and to put each other under pressure to think about the bigger impact of our actions and choices”.

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(I love Taryn’s passion as not only talented, but is one of the gorgeous models in images above -HOT or what!!)

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Cath

NOW WE ARE THIRTY: Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE OIL

The other morning I was jabbering to my son whilst he was getting ready for work and I noticed him using Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil, (he has a scar on his face from an ice hockey altercation) and I realized how prominent Bio Oil has featured over the years in my household! This year marks Bio Oil’s 30th birthday in South Africa and I thought I’d give it some love as it ticks all the boxes as a multi tasking product, good price point, and value for money, so here goes:

Bio-Oil’s unique formula contains key ingredient PurCellin Oil™, a highly effective oil for aging and dehydrated skin and derives from ducks to keep their feathers flexible and waterproof. Other ingredients include Vitamin A and E, Lavender oil for its calming properties and destroying bacteria; Calendula oil counteracts dry skin, acting as a strong moisturiser; Chamomile oil has healing and anti-inflammatory properties and evens out pigmentation issues; Rosemary oil reduces inflammation, promoting healthy micro wound so that skin remains resilient and healthy.

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So what is Bio-Oil Specialist skincare oil good for? Well, a heap of things, but best known to help with scarring and stretch marks. Despite being in SA for thirty years it only launched globally in 2002, and has since gone on to win 349 International skincare awards and is the number one selling scar and stretch mark product in 24 countries! Loved by local and International celebs like Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Candice Swanepoel, Cindy Nel, Tshedi Mholo, as a trusted choice to help prevent stretch marks.

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It’s also brilliant for teenagers who are prone to rapid growth spurts or weight changes, marks and blemishes caused by hormonal fluctuations, excessive sun exposure and aging skin to help with fine lines and wrinkles. Bio-Oil also helps dehydrated skin by supplementing skins natural oils that get stripped from frequent bathing and drying effects of central heating and air conditioners, extreme weather and water with chemical content.

I also like to keep my cuticles nourished by rubbing it in; when my heels get a bit dry and cracked, I sleep with a pair of socks on after applying the oil and see and feel a noticeable difference. I have dry hair so sometimes apply Bio-Oil to mid and ends of hair; a lip smoother, and of course ‘back in the day’ before water shortages, I’d pop a drop or two into my bath for smooth and soft skin. A drop or two goes a long way!

Recommended prices:

25ml R39,99 (new travel size)

60ml R99,99

125ml R144,99

200ml R209,99

Clicks have a special on until 11 October – buy any three Bio-Oil Specialist skincare oil products and get the cheaper one for free.

Shout if you have any questions and happy day!

Cath

A FLORAL AFFAIR: Rosehip Designs

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BLOOMING MARVELLOUS

While whizzing through Constantia Village over the weekend my eyes spied these gorgeous umbrellas at the local florist: an eyeful of floral fantabulous! (I looked up the collective noun for umbrellas and couldn’t find one, so I’ve made up my own: “a rainfall of umbrellas”, well if you have a better one please share!)

ROSEHIP DESIGNS is inspired by anything and everything Botanical. Design, print and manufacturing are all done locally, with happy floral prints dominating their range of bags, towels, umbrellas and more. Aren’t they just lovely!

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UMBRELLAS R690

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HEPBURN BAGS R790

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RAINCOATS R850

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IPAD/CLUTCH BAG R390

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GUEST TOWELS R190

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TOWELS R590-R830

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Contact details: gerry@rosehipdesign.co.za

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CERAMICS & GLASSWARE: CaBo Design

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Another wonderful find on Instagram is local company CaBo botanically inspired products. CaBo launched at Design Indaba in 2013 and due to a successful venture, has grown into a productive lifestyle project for owner, Mariaan van Zyl. Besides ceramics and glassware, CaBo also custom designs and manufactures products for coffee shops, wine farms and corporate gifting companies.

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Jug R350

The name derives from Portuguese descent. ” The first European to reach the Cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who named it the “Cape of Storms” (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as “Cape of Good Hope” (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East. ”

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salad bowl R550

“We draw our inspiration from Cape Town and surrounds hence the name CaBo. Our designs are botanical inspired as we believe Nature is the perfect example of good design”.

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“We use only South African produced materials: ceramics, glass, fabric and leather, decorated with our own illustrations of botanicals and items close to Capetonian’ hearts”.

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glass coasters R55 for one or R220 for four black and or white

“The use of only matte glazes and the monochrome colour scheme is what makes CaBo unique, like the King Protea I continually use as it too is special and unique to SA and will always be close to my heart.”

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the bottom design of an espresso cup

CaBo ceramics Cape Town

ceramic cup with bamboo saucer and magnet R120

CaBo Designs Cape Town

CaBo Designs Cape Town

salt and pepper shakers R180

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WAXING LYRICAL: BLACKOWL Scented candles & stationary

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

It’s always a treat to stumble across a brand you instantly love, which is how I felt when I saw the chic monochrome Instagram feed of BLACKOWL featuring their minimalist-themed products and scented candles.

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Creator and owner Nicky Kotze decided to leave the frustrations of working for other people and follow her heart. Ever since she was really young she’s been inspired to create things: “Making or decorating has been with me ever since I can remember. I would look at random objects and wonder how I could use or break them apart to re-make into something else”.

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Her scented candles are hand-made using cosmetic grade soy wax and 100% organic essential oils. The packaging for the candles changes from time to time with the focus on the new canvas bags being re-usable: “I’m currently working on candle bags with zips so that you can use them again as a makeup bag or a purse.”

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Gift cards, tags and notebooks also form part of the BLACKOWL range. “I always carry two notebooks with me for sketching or jotting down my ideas, so I thought it would be nice to add stationary to my line, although my main focus is still on the scented candles”.

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

BLACKOWL stationary and candles

Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Find a nearby stockist for BLACKOWL candles and stationary here

Nikky Kotze creator and owner of Blackowl scented candles and stationary

Owner and creator of BLACKOWL Nicky Kotze

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