WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES Ane Strydom
Local accessories brand Missibaba has launched a brand-new collection, inspired by Maurice Sendak’s children’s book Where The Wild Things Are.
“A yearning for joy, playfulness and freedom in the present world, we drew on the wilder fantasy landscape of our childhood where the blur between reality and make believe was non-existent,” explains designer Chloe Townsend.
While Missibaba is renowned for its use of interesting shapes, patterns and bold colours, the latest collection takes it to a new level. With names like The Gobbler, Incy Wincy, The Morticia, Little Shop of Horrors, Beetle Juice and The Hairy Eyeball, bags from the new range highlight the playful attitude the brand has become known for.
“Playing with vivid colours, textures and elements from the outside world where kids amuse imaginary creatures, we shaped our own,” says Chloe. “We’ve used our signature metallics with earthy tones and suedes to embody these creatures.”
Apart from bags, which range from the basket-inspired Morticia to spiky circular Gobblers, Where The Wild Things Are also includes belts, as well as earrings, which are available in two new designs that celebrate the forest, garden, beetles and bugs.