Whether you’re after a statement piece to wear on a special occasion, or you simply want some new items to freshen up your wardrobe, these are the best womenswear boutiques to check out in South Africa.
Robyn Victor is a Cape Town-based designer and, in 2009 after three years of working and designing for the retail industry, she launched her own collection under the August label. Her simple design philosophy results in sophisticated pieces that are easy to wear while still making a statement. Her versatile tunic dresses are perfect for beach days and can be dressed up for an evening out.
Founded by Kirsty Bannerman, Coppélia is about style as well as thoughtful consumption. Designed and handmade in Cape Town, the quality pieces are beautifully detailed and will complement any women’s wardrobe. If you’re in need of an outfit for a special occasion, look no further. Coppélia exhibits at some markets, while pieces are also available to shop online.
Amy Venter’s label, Jane Sews, consists of small collections fashioned from high-quality, natural fabrics. Each collection is designed in-house by a small team and nothing is outsourced or mass-produced, ensuring unique pieces. If you live in South Africa and wear clothes, chances are you own an item from Jane Sews, whether it’s a pair of leather sandals or a linen shirt.
Hannah Lavery is a Cape Town-based designer who produces state-of-the-art clothing. Her original pieces glorify the female body and the movement of the materials used – plus they’re exceptionally made. The range features natural fabrics, genuine leather bags and shoes, and softly tailored pieces. One of our favourites is the camel trench coat, perfect for rainy days or autumn evenings.
Barbara Lötter, a fashion designer with an immense passion for vintage clothing, repurposes extraordinary items to suit modern lifestyles. Whether your style is vibrant and bohemian or toned down, her range has something for everyone – expect loads of colour, patterns and unique designs. Find Babette Clothing in Cape Town, Church Street and, for those not in the Mother City, everything is available online.