It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate men making a positive impact on South Africa’s economy by using their hands and creative minds to solve local problems. We take a look at a few of the talented makers you can expect to find at KAMERS/Makers Irene and Stellenbosch this summer.
Inspired by the original beach entrepreneur, the men selling ice cold granadilla lollies on the Cape Town’s beaches during the summer season, Granadilla swimwear founder Adam Duxbury has created vibrant swimwear apparel for men. With several designs stylishly referencing recognisable moments and patterns associated with the Cape Town shoreline, those who have an affinity for the Cape will feel right at home.
Not only does Granadilla Swimwear design and make great swimwear, they also run the Granadilla Swimming Academy, a non-profit organisation aimed at teaching young Capetonians the essential skill of swimming.
With so much inspiration packed behind one local maker, we highly recommend you stop in at their stall this November!
Basilei Handcrafted Confectionery
Two brothers honour their father by bringing to life the traditional sweet treats he made during their youth. All their creations are done lovingly by hand using excellent ingredients for maximum flavour, and packaged beautifully to make the perfect gift. Signature luxury fudges, cream cheese dark chocolate brownies, Italian-inspired nougat and floral flavoured marshmallows are just a few of the delectable offerings you’ll find at their stall.
These stylish Basilei brothers are taking the confectionery world by storm. They manufacture these delicacies by hand and apart from tasting fantastic, the beautiful packaging makes it a perfect gift.
The Burgundy Collective
From humble beginnings making flip flops, founder Willem Boshoff has built up his brand with his team to create outstanding leather pieces, each crafted to last and offering timeless styling that ages well. Aside from their well-known leather satchel, these local makers also produce a range of other bags including travel bags, handbags, business briefcases and a range of smaller accessories.
Applying the practice of bricolage, maker Glenn Adendorff creates jewellery from found objects, transforming things that might be considered ordinary into the extraordinary through his skill as a jeweller. Specialising in men’s jewellery, each piece is inspired by his surroundings, from street, grit, grime, industrial mechanical gadgetry, decay, tactile textures, paint and so on, such that each piece is a reinterpretation of our world and its objects.
What happens to a skateboard once it’s reached the end of its life? It turns out, there is no end to its life, not if Sk8 Shades founder and maker Dave de Witt has anything to do with it. Using old, broken and discarded boards, he creates trendy sunglasses and accessories in vibrant colours and designs, effectively upcycling what might be considered junk by most. The process is a truly sustainable one, proudly made in Durban.
Look out for makers like these at KAMERS/Makers Stellenbosch, 30 October to 5 November at Anura Vineyards and KAMERS/Makers Irene, 4 to 10 December at Southdowns College, Pretoria.
Also read: Men Who Make Part 1
Photos: Supplied or from makers’ websites.