Monday, 6 May 2013

Winter Warmers #TheCollective

I've been looking forward to this month's Collective for a number of reasons. One of the first being that I was having drinks with Suzi when I noticed her top was from Paige Smith, one of the designers that sells at the market. Shocked as she was that I would have recognised the brand (not everyone knows about that gift of mine) she was too excitable when I told her that her favourite designer has a pop up at this amazing design market. Quickly I fired off an iCal with the time, date and location and boom I started a new love affair. I love playing style cupid, I would say it's more fun and rewarding than that of those chubby cherubs.

here's me and Suzi xx

Then #TheCollective's Facebook page starting making noise about new announcements so I got even more excited - yes, I am capable of even more momentum than you know. The Collective is going to be launching a retail space later on in the year where we will be able to find our most favourite goodies more often than the first Sunday of every month. This month's market dabbled in what we can expect with a new stand "The Land of Milk and Honey" which showcases a collaboration of 5 designers' wares. I myself did purchase from this stall and had the most pleasant encounter with Cath. Oh how wonderful it was to meet the lady who started it all, Cath is the magnificent creature that started #TheCollective.
The Collective's own stall

I tried to sleep in this weekend but with all the early morning I've been having of late (I'm speaking of those where I find myself shooting the sunrise in Soweto) it becomes a rarity that I sleep through 7am (by 7am I mean that I've slept late). In all fairness to my timed clock, I was also super excited for the market and had not as yet decided what to wear. It's always tricky to get the right outfit for shopping, you don't want too many layers so as to make it immensely difficult (or pass off on) to try clothes on and at the same time be warm enough.

At about 09h00 the deceiving sunny weather still had a frosty bite to it so I opted for my wine coloured high waist jeans and a navy striped jersey I've been dying to wear for so long I am embarrassed to admit. It's a difficult jersey to wear, it's not cropped and it's not of a normal length but it went perfectly with high waisted jeans. And these jeans are killer, tuck and trim in all the right places whilst still making your bum look heavenly. Done deal. I have been looking for a Parka for a while now, one must always try and stay with the trends. I found a couple of expensive black ones but with navy being the new black it just wasn't going to cut it. Oh the tears of joy I cried when I laid hands upon this perfect navy one from (.... oooooh, you might have to comment on this post to find out). It has such a cute drawstring waistline so as to give it that feminine touch that it needs. And being a design market, I had to bring out the Paul Smiths, they are of course reserved for such special occassions such as this :)
paige smith = LOVE

But I'm sure you'd like to hear about my wonderful purchases now. There were some new stalls and some that were sadly missed (where were you Sam Star, I was looking forward to a new pair of shoes-ies) but as with every collective I attended, one of my first stops was Paige Smith. Last month I purchased the emerald green skirt and this month I nabbed myself a gorgeous leopard print batwing jersey top. Amongst the treasures on her rails, I found a wonderful navy dress [however the photographic evidence of this doesn't work for me - you can't get the right idea from the layers beneath the dress. I don't need to be putting up frumpy photos of myself online :P]

Next stop I found a cute mustard skirt from Scrabbyl. What I love most about #TheCollective is the magical discounts. Unlike other markets that submit you to sky high (higher than retail!) prices, the designers offer 50% and sample sales. Now with the exception of Suzi's friend Marina who purchased the brown leopard print Paige Smith, the chances of somebody wearing your treasure at the same time as you, close to none. But back to Scrabbyl which was selling cotton mini skirts for R80 and nothing on their rail exceeded R199, I was torn. But I left with the mustard skirt and faux leather placemats.

And then my final purchase was the mustard yellow (are we sensing a new palette yet?) sweater from The Land of Milk and honey stand. I saw the teaser pic of this sweater on Facebook and I knew I had to have it. I've been looking for a printed pullover since last year when I saw the owl knit jersey for Burberry. What's even more special about my sweater from the Grandpa Range at Mingo Lamberti is that only 175 of each design can be found around the country so it's like a special limited edition. Obviously the stress of keeping it intact is greater than ever as it cannot be so easily replaced.

This time I stayed longer than my usual clock in at 10h00 and clock out before noon to avoid the rush and enjoyed some time with girlfriends in the sun. Sigh, if only my schmommy still lived in Joburg, she would really love this market.


1 comment:

  1. You weren't kidding when you said you were in love with fashion. Nice one.