The Fine Living District is a guide to some of Cape Town’s unique shopping and dining destinations, on Bree Street and its surrounds. It curates the best locations for African design, art and boutique shopping that the Mother City has to offer.
A historic converted stable on fashionable Bree Street houses the studio and boutique of Swedish clothing designer Alexandra Höjer. The stylish venue offers an intimate shopping experience and passionate, informed service with the designer on hand to assist clients. Both womenswear and menswear have a strong focus on natural fibres and are manufactured in South Africa. The limited edition designs are subtly elegant and ready to wear, tending toward simplicity with carefully considered details.
156 Bree Street, 021 424 1674, alexandrahojer.com
AVOOVA produces hand-crafted decor, fashion accessories and objets d’art at its workshops in the Karoo. The flagship store on Bree Street is a treasure trove of beautiful designs and workmanship, innovation and creativity. Buy an extraordinary gift, order a bespoke table or just come to enjoy beauty straight from the Karoo.
97 Bree Street, 021 422 1620, avoova.com
Chandler House is a small shop and gallery situated in an 18th century Cape Georgian house. Their shelves are stocked with beautiful antiques, locally-made homeware, exotic textiles and unusual finds. Chandler House is also home to The Voorkamer Gallery, which has regular exhibitions of high-quality artwork by respected South African artists.
53 Church Street, 021 424 4810, chandlerhouse.co.za
Ebony/Curated designs beautiful, bespoke pieces of contemporary furniture with an African twist. They showcase unique accessories and have a fine art collection of some of South Africa’s most coveted and collectible artists.
67 Loop Street, 021 424 9985, ebonycurated.com
Kirsten Goss first opened its doors in 2002 in London. The designer has since opened in Johannesburg, Durban and on Bree Street in her hometown, Cape Town. With distinctly Scandinavian and African influences, her pieces are truly unique. Her latest collection, The Diamond Condition, aims to turn the notion of classical diamonds on its head. Crafted in 18ct gold and high quality diamonds, the collection is fashion forward, irreverent and playful.
229 Bree street, 021 424 3453, kirstengoss.com
Missibaba is a luxury accessory label established by leather devotee Chloe Townsend in 2005. Passionate about South Africa and supporting local industry, Townsend works alongside business partner Lizel Strydom from a sun-drenched studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, experimenting with texture and colour that continuously push the boundaries of imagination. A team of eight dynamic women work tirelessly alongside them, pouring their love and energy into each and every creation.
229 Bree street, 021 424 8127, missibaba.com
Merchants on Long opened in 2010. It serves as a platform for emerging and established designers to display their products to both foreign and local consumers. The carefully curated selection of bespoke, luxury and handmade brands are all 100% sourced and made in Africa and include everything from fashion to homeware. Merchants on Long is also the home of the African luxury handbag and accessories line OKAPI.
34 Long Street, 021 422 2828, merchantsonlong.com
For more Fine Living District destinations, visit finelivingdistrict.co.za.