Discover our Favourite Cape Town Female Designers This International Women's Day

Discover our Favourite Cape Town Female Designers This International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day today we want to shed light on our fellow Watershed women-led brands. We are lucky enough to share our flagship store space under the same roof as these talented designers.

Iloni Jewellery Design

"Iloni aims to connect with jewellery wearers from all walks of life, from trend followers to the loyal I-never-take-this-off-ers. We pride ourselves on our individuality and refuse to follow trends. We create pieces that are unique and surprising, minimal yet bold and will stay in families for generations. Iloni Jewellery encourages you to be more playful and dare to express your true self, with no pressure or pretence." ~ Illoni Jewellery 

Sama Sama

"With ethics & sustainability as our innermost driving force, we create from only 100% natural and sustainable base-cloth linens, hemp and organic cotton etc. We make a point to always support local fabric suppliers in, and around Cape Town, South Africa. We love our manufacturers, and through your support, we can keep their hands hard at work. We will slowly be sharing their story, who they are and what they do on a day-to-day basis. We proudly support local manufacturing companies that credibly support and sustain ethical business and fair wage practice/s. All of our packaging is 100% biodegradable, and we are striving to minimize our use of single-use plastics at all parts of our operation!" ~ Sama Sama

ArtClub and Friends 

"We are artists, who work with artists to make clothes for artists. We're here for the dreamers, the creators and the innovators. But beyond making beautiful clothes to inspire you to get up and chase your dreams, we exist to reconnect you to the profound process of making clothes - the stories of the people and their hands that make it all possible." ~ ArtClub and Friends

Mia Mélange

"Mia Mélange is a proudly South African brand that handcrafts interior décor and lifestyle products, using predominantly 100% cotton rope. Our talented artisans ethically handcraft baskets, bowls, planters, bags, ottomans, and more! We aim to create high-quality products, by using the best and most sustainable local materials we can find. Each one of our products is carefully designed and produced with great care and attention to detail. Our designs are inspired by a love for nature, texture, natural materials and ancient crafting techniques. We like to combine all of these to create modern and functional designs. We make all our products in our studio in the Winelands town of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Mia Mélange believes in empowering women and creating opportunities. We are passionate about our local community and strive to create jobs for previously unemployed women in our area. We aim to teach our talented team members valuable skills, provide them with an ability to earn a decent income, and empower them to be independent and able to support themselves and their families." ~ Mia Mélange

Asha Eleven 

"ASHA or AšA (pronounced a-sha) // means 'life' in Arabic, it also means truth, right working and existence. ELEVEN //The number, particularly in repetition, is known to represent the opening of an energetic gateway. In numerology, it signifies intuition, insight and enlightenment.

Together, Asha: Eleven represents the polarity and the duality between our physical presence and purpose on this Earth, our reason for being here, and ones spiritual awakening journey, reminding us that we are a part of something much greater." ~ Asha Eleven

Research Unit

"Research Unit is a Utilitarian Brand that design Elevated, Considered and Sustainable Apparel and Accessories for Women and Men and Kids.

Our products are thoughtfully designed by Erin-Lee and Chad Petersen, through careful use and balance of materials, considering each form, fit and it's function with acute attention to detail. " We're mostly designing pieces for ourselves and our kids first for a more sustainable future within our own everyday living," says Erin-Lee.

We work with communities across Cape Town from Hanover Park to Khayelitsha to empower skilled people, especially women, by working closely with them to sculpt, perfect and design a superior quality, sustainable and thoughtfully designed product you can wear for a long time." ~ Research Unit

Mors Designs

"When you purchase a MoLuv knit you will not only experience the uniqueness embedded in every stitch enwrapping you in warmth and comfort and making those cooler months memorable, but you will be making a positive impact on the planet through investing in sentimental heirloom pieces worth loving and sharing for years to come, contributing to the long-term prosperity of the Karoo region.

Mors Design is committed to slow fashion, skills development and creating sustainable jobs thereby empowering and uplifting communities - MoLuv embraces the ethos of our brand with a warm hug." ~ Mors Design


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