Cape Town may not be as influential as New York or London when it comes to fashion, but the city does have a great selection of high-end and daywear brands. Whether you’re looking for a simple cotton t-shirt and jeans, or something more formal, these are the top Cape Town fashion brands you need to know.
Founded in 2011, menswear brand Issa Leo produces a range of stylish leather jackets, t-shirts, outerwear, and accessories for the modern man. With a focus on exceptional quality and attention to detail, the brand is inspired by current European trends and local urban wear. Their recently launched in-store label, Iconic Black, features local pride streetwear in muted tones for both men and women. Stop by their store in Loop Street, or browse select items online.
Issa Leo, 75 Loop St, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 426 2757
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of Movement specializes in premium, handcrafted leather bags, clothing and accessories for men and women. The lifestyle brand was established by two brothers, Roal and Léan Boezaart, at the University of Stellenbosch in 2013, and has since garnered a huge following of devoted fans. All leather products are handcrafted the traditional way, with a blend of modern techniques thrown in to create a high-quality and timeless product. Their stylish bags are available in three deliciously earthy tones – pecan, toffee and classic black – and can be paired with one of their timepieces for a cool urban look.
Inspired by her stylish Russian grandmother and the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier, Lara Klawikowski launched her fashion label in 2010. With a focus on avant garde design, Lara’s imaginative womenswear collections play with shape, asymmetry and color, and often reference fashion through the ages. All Lara Klawikowski designs are expertly crafted and sold from her studio in Woodstock, and can also be found at selected boutiques in Cape Town.
Lara Klawikowski, 59 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 82 573 6700 (by appointment only)
Found Collection was established by Stellenbosch designers and friends Lisa Carinus and Gitte Muller, who both share a love of fashion, beauty and design. Their timeless collection of ladieswear features exquisite detail, rich colors, and fabrics that can easily take you from day to night. To keep their collection authentic and exclusive, most of the designs are few of a kind, so be sure to snap up your favorite items before they are gone. Found Collection is available online and at selected stockists in South Africa and Namibia.
Margot Molyneux is renowned for her line of versatile and comfortable daywear for women, which is perfect for Cape Town’s easy-going, coastal lifestyle. The brand’s seasonal collections feature a range of simple yet striking separates, made from soft fabrics like linen and cotton, as well as feminine sleepwear and swimwear in classic shapes and neutral colors. You can find Margot Molyneux at their flagship store in the CBD, as well as at various boutiques across the country.
Margot Molyneux, 69 Roeland St, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 461 4565
SKA Clothing is a Long Street institution that has been providing festival-goers, hippies and gypsy souls with cool threads for two decades. Inspired by alternative lifestyles and spiritual enlightenment, SKA veers away from fussy fashion by offering alternative and comfortable clothing for men, women and children. From yoga pants to tie-dye shirts and dreamcatchers, you won’t find clothing like this anywhere else in Cape Town. In addition, you can also get your trance party tickets here too.
Popular womenswear label August has a simple design philosophy inspired by the relaxed side of South African lifestyle and the effortless style of resortwear. The brand is known for its unique, handcrafted tunics and dresses in gorgeous prints, such as Moroccan tile, paisley and other exotic patterns. These stylish figure-flattering tunics are perfect for lazy lunches in Camps Bay, or cocktails by the pool.