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.
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.
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.