Make a good first impression or make a lasting impression. With these 5 ACCESSORY DESIGNS you surely will. They were uniquely designed to stand out, making them the perfect addition to any outfit. Choose the impression you wish to make. Is it BOLD, CLASSIC, DARING, ECLECTIC, and does it scream PROUDLY SA?
1 THE BOLD IMPRESSION
Using a needle felting process, each AFRIGARDE piece takes 6 hours to complete. AFRIGARDE products make a BOLD IMPRESSION, and are versatile and gender fluid. When Designer Maria Uys of AFRIGARDE started studying surface design, it became clear to her, that jewellery design was the right path. Making and modifying recycled clothing is something she grew up with, as her mom; a very capable pattern maker and seamstress would work with her on making clothing for Maria, her dolls and other people.
What’s in a name: AFRIGARDE is the combination of “African” and “Avant-garde” as it is inspired by a future “African” aesthetic.
2 THE CLASSIC IMPRESSION
Giving you a CLASSIC IMPRESSION on every occasion, CHIMPEL designs are functional, classic, and not seasonal items, so you can wear it for years to come. CHIMPEL luxury handbags are made of exotic leather, with a bit of ostrich or crocodile mixed with plain leather. Initially, Designer Majda Hendrick’s wanted to design shoes, but struggled to find manufacturers that used Italian finishes in South Africa. Her first luxury handbag design was an ostrich shin clutch.
What’s in a name: The name CHIMPEL comes from the gujarati language, which means sandals.
3 THE DARING IMPRESSION
AASHIQAH G COLLECTION
“Out of the box ” and “daring to be different” is the impression the AASHIQAH G COLLECTION will give you. For the female that wears her heART on her sleeve and is not afraid to express herself. She defies what is normal and mundane. As an Artist, Aashiqah Gire’s passion lies in constantly creating new pieces that stand out. Her collection includes earings, modest collars, headbands, and other unique accessories. With a fine arts and photography background, Aashiqah loves creating things from scratch.
What’s in a name: Aashiqah decided to use her namesake as it means “love”, and added collection for her ideas that are always changing.
4 THE ECLECTIC IMPRESSION
For all ages and types, the wearer of PHILIPPA GREEN will give you an ECLECTIC IMPRESSION. PHILIPPA GREEN jewellery leaves you open-minded and unafraid of wearing a statement piece. Designer Philippa Green studied Fine Art and created her brand with perspex cuffs, rings, and earrings, embellished with different metals, beads, and fabrics.
What’s in a name: Quite simply, Philippa Green’s started making jewellery to sell while still studying, and sold it under her name PHILIPPA GREEN – so it just happened that it was her name, and has been ever since.
5 THE PROUDLY SA IMPRESSION
THE LEGACY COLLECTION
The PROUDLY SA IMPRESSION are for those who boast their world travels by wearing them, loves Nelson Mandela, South Africa and ethical fashion, and are probably also human rights activists. The LEGACY COLLECTION shapes are very fence like using raw, rusted texture, next to beautiful fine jewellery, like silver and gold, diamonds and other precious stones. With a marketing background, Designer Charmaine Taylor, never thought she’d become a jewellery designer. She loved coming up with creative ideas and always dreamed of becoming a SHOE designer. It was in 2001, when the thought of art and jewellery came along her path, and the LEGACY COLLECTION was born.
What’s in a name: Designer Charmaine Taylor wanted to keep the story alive of Nelson Mandela and all that South Africans went through during the fight for freedom and so the LEGACY COLLECTION was born in 2013.
CREDITS: STYLIST ROSHAN ISAACS | PHOTOGRAPHER LARRY ENGLISH | TOPCO MODELS | HEAD 2 TOE MAKEUP ARTISTS