Note : A technical glitch meant that this didn't get posted on time, but better late than never. I've been and come back, so will have another blog ready soon on the amazing time I had in Cape Town.
Another new year, a new collection photographed, and I’m busy packing my suitcase for my annual trip to Cape Town to find and bring back more lovely hand crafted accessories for my Lagrasse boutique. Last year’s accounts and stats are done and dusted (my best year yet, thank you all) so I can fly off happy in the knowledge that the boring stuff is dealt with and it’s all about design and creativity from here on.
This year’s South African visit involves accompanying my SA host, Binky, on a road trip (a 3000km round trip no less) to collect beautiful baskets from a women’s township project in Kwazulu-Natal. Binky collects and sells traditional and contemporary basketware, and this project is where we will be collecting some of her most impressive baskets, giant gourd-shaped works of art, much appreciated by Conran, Anthopologie and Mahatsara in Paris.
To whet your Beverly SMART appetites here are a few pictures of some of the South African jewellery from my new season’s collection, taken from the recent photoshoot of the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, now online.
Who’d have thought recycling water bottles could make something so beautiful?
And here the necklace is a recycled bicycle inner tube and the earrings are paper mâché. Resourceful, ecological and eye-catching.
So, back to my packing…