This month we’re getting beach ready, supporting proudly South African fashion and beauty, and giving away an extraordinary coffee table read.
Pop that cork!
Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, toasting the New Tear or taking a gift to a party, chances are you’ll be shopping for a bubbly soon. And this season we’re loving – and suggesting – the Kleine Zalze Méthode Cap Classique Chardonnay Pinot Noir Vintage Brut 2013. This old-world style sparkling wine is a full-bodied Méthode Cap Classique. Drink it on its own or with food… it pairs beautifully with oysters, fresh pan-seared fish or a cheese board. Around R225 a bottle from good bottlestores.
Grown in African Soil
History has shown that love doesn’t often go as planned, but shoes… shoes are forever! Born right here in Durbs, Ichume is a fun, fabulous and proudly South African shoe brand inspired by the unparalleled majesty of the women of our continent. Made using largely local fabrics and supplies, Ichume shoes are designed for the fashion-forward individual who wants to turn heads with high-quality footwear, using quirky and colourful elements, and blending a myriad of traditional cultures with modern, global trends. The range includes the Shisa, Mqhele, Mandla, Nkosazane, Njabulo, Nandi, Thuli and Naledi styles, each with its own unique flair and individual aesthetic. Priced between R1200 and R1600.
Details: www.zando.co.za/ichume, and will soon be available at www.ichume.co.za.
Fresh, sharp, refreshing … hello Summer
Make coral your shade, and grapefruit your flavour these hols. We’re loving the new, sharp Fitch & Leedes Grapefruit Tonic. With just a hint of bitterness, it’s brilliant with gin, vodka or tequila, but just as enjoyable on its own, with loads of ice and a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of thyme. Or try it with Hope on Hopkins African Botanical Gin, with a few muddled summer berries and mint. Around R55 for a 6-pack of cans or R50 for a 4-pack of glass bottles.
An inspiring coffee table book
And here it is… Renowned Durban documentary photographer, author and speaker, Matthew Willman, has launched his latest book, 22 Years – an extraordinary visual account of his lifelong passion to engage with the world. Having worked in 42 countries, Matthew has had the pleasure of being commissioned to photograph countless people of influence including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 12 presidents, Annie Lennox, eight Nobel Laureates and a host of sports personalities, musicians, politicians and philanthropists. Perhaps one of his greatest achievements was being commissioned to archive and document the life and times of Nelson Mandela. In 22 Years, Matthew presents, for the first time under one title, a collective of more than 280 images selected from his years as an around-the-world photographer. The book is available exclusively at www.matthewwillman.co.za/books/ for R350.
Start your summer beach ready!
Whether you’re hitting the beach or lounging by the pool, a fun, quality beach towel is definitely a summer must-have… we’d like to suggest our new favourite place to shop for towels… Towel Kingdom. Carrying popular brands like Glodina, Nortex, Colibri and Hotel Collection, they offer unmatchable quality, variety and value when it comes to bath and beach towels, as well as linen. We’re talking towels that look good even if they’ve been used and creased and left in the back of your passage cupboard… although they’re so luxurious and colourful we prefer to have ours on display! Rock summer at the beach with a 100 per cent cotton Glodina Orchestra or Nortex Velour Beach Towel for R170 each, or be the envy of other bathers with the perfect accessory for a pool side cocktail – a Round Novelty Microfibre Beach Towel priced at R299.90. Details: You can shop online at towelkingdom.co.za or pop into either of their South Beach (031 368 4409) or Umhlanga (031 566 1131) or Ballito (031 586 3263) stores.
The smell of Africa
Another proudly South African, proudly Durban product we discovered at this year’s Africa Fashion Exchange, is Inkanyiso, a perfume brand that tells the stories of Africa. From strong-willed, resilient anchors of the Zulu kingdom, to herbs, fresh rain and woody scents that play a significant role in African society, to fun and vibrant scents designed for the young and trendy, Inkanyiso Perfume boasts a range of different variants, for men and women, that will leave you smelling gorgeous and feeling confident. All fragrances cost R250, and you can find them at local markets, pop into Inkanyiso’s Durban office or place an order telephonically.
Details: 078 540 7052 or follow them on Facebook @Inkanyiso Perfume and Instagram