A couple of days ago, legendary Cape Town emporium Merchants on Long sprouted a pop-up shop in legendary Chelsea emporium the Shop at Bluebird. As you can probably conjure, I was all abuzz and aflutter. And the razzle dazzle only got worse as I poked around in the lusciousness at the opening party. Sourced from all over the Continent, the pieces on display in this perfectly curated space are simply to-wobble-for.
I had Africa-shaped sequin eyes, which is why I probably didn’t notice the Royals, aristocrats and one or two (or sixteen) of Brit fashion’s elite. There I was (in Clarks, M&S knickers I’ve had since 1996 and a head full of frizz), hoping that one of the spiky neon cuffs by Leather Rose would accidentally fall into my bag or a stunning Guidemore necklace would magically choke me until I promised to bring it home.
Alas, there was none of this shenanigans, but at least I get to share my favourites with you.
1. Necklace, Guidemore. 2. Wallet, Near Far. 3. Kaftan, 4MaCoHa.
4. Cuff, Leather Rose. 5. Basket, Design Afrika.
More info and pics here.
And here are all the people I didn’t notice at the party.