Unison Store is a South African design collective featuring the ranges of SA designers across the genres of fashion, homeware, gifting, accessories, etc.
The store was launched by Shauna Neill about three years ago and it is located in Flanders Boutique Mall in Mount Edgecombe, Durban. This location is a hangout place for locals to enjoy a meal, have their hair and nails done, and carry out the obligatory grocery shopping.
The store also retails online and they courier all over South Africa and offer a free online gift wrapping service as well as a pickup service for Durbanites.
“I opened the store in Oct 2017, to fulfill my lifelong dream of having my own store. Through my work as a jewellery designer, travelling, and my general obsession with all things design, I have made some amazing friends in the design world and have a wealth of incredible designers in my contacts list who I admire and respect. So, putting this collective together was easy and so rewarding. I love being in the store and chatting to our customers about the stories behind the designers. I also love finding new talent and doing my bit to promote and build up South African small businesses. I hope you enjoy shopping for the ranges of some of SA’s most exciting new and established designers. We certainly enjoy bringing them to you!” says Shauna.
The Leather Lot is a recently launched luxury leather brand, offering statement pieces in bold designs and colours. Suitable for any fashionista with a need for eye-catching arm candy, each piece is meticulously hand-crafted and elegantly assembled. For the Daring Diva, limitless colour options are available in various materials such as crocodile, ostrich and cow leather.
The collection includes staple items which no serious trendsetter should be without, and offers the flexibility of customisation for mavericks with an eye for unique, expressive pieces.
Driven by deep passion to uplift and promote South African craftmanship, leather lot is a small business hoping to achieve a wide reach. The brand’s ethos centres on making luxury leather items accessible, without compromise on quality, thereby making the experience of luxury a lifestyle.
Shopping for babies can be a tiring and incredibly stressful experience. The last thing mom-to-be needs is going from shop to shop looking for baby stuff! At Dingis Baby Boutique is a one-stop-shop with a catalogue that has been designed with all your needs in mind. They have an absolutely fantastic range to select from for baby and mommy.
Owner of the boutique, Letshego Mahuma says, “Our dream is to create a one-stop-shop for all mommy, baby and toddler needs, with top quality products and excellent service. We try and simplify the lives of parents, grandparents, and parents to be! Everything in our store is chosen and made with love, so we hope mommies will love it too. We have all essentials and stylish accessories for baby and making moms and dads happy is our passion! We deliver promptly to all our clients and we go out of our way to give them the best and convenient shopping experience.”
Envisioned and brought to life by Chantelle Joubert, Bea Baby Accessories is an online baby accessories store that offers a diverse selection. From the beginning, their goal was to create and offer a unique and authentic range that is both practical and fabulous. All their products are handmade with love.
The origin of the name Bea comes from the Latin name Beatrix which means “she who makes happy” or “bringer of joy, blessings”. That is what Chantelle wanted to achieve with the brand.
“My inspiration for our first range comes from being proudly South African and my love for the animals of our country. I combined the idea of spoiling a mommy to be or a new baby with something special and unique. Bea gives the customer the opportunity to order an entire gift box set or choose from a wide variety of products to make up their own or by buying items separately. A lot of love and effort goes into choosing the fabrics for our accessories,” says Chantelle.
“The fabric needs to be soft and gentle on the skin of babies but strong and durable too. We only use exceptional fabrics which remain forever young, because that’s what babies deserve. Every team member has a passion for what they do. We put a lot of extra time into the brand and work hard to make all products to perfection. Through Bea, I am extremely privileged to be able to do what I love, running my own business, being creative, and mostly bringing joy,” says the mom of two.
In September, Bea Baby Accessories will be launching a new range which includes beautiful items for mommies.
Love Modern Vintage is a woman-owned business, with a passion for fashion and style. The love of everything vintage as well as vibrant colours resulted in the creation of Love Modern Vintage.
Every bag is woven by hand. The natural material is strong and durable and ‘smoked’ over coconut husks as part of the drying process, which adds beautiful patina and leaves the bag with a slight natural scent that disappears over time.
Love Modern Vintage is inspired by beautifully crafted products around the world which are discovered through travels by the owner. Their bags have a vintage feel to them and are beautifully crafted. They are both modern and retro.
Stand out with one of these unique pieces to add unique style to any outfit. Beautiful laptop bags, rattan bags, messenger bags and soon fashion available to purchase.
Love Modern Vintage strives to provide excellent service along with unique and affordable fashion pieces. They sell wholesale and retail.
The Matchy Matchy Collection is a passion project of Liezl Craig-Swart. She relates how the brand came about.
‘Matchy Matchy’ is a saying my sister and I concocted to describe our habit of compulsively pairing the outfit we are wearing with the same colour accessory. Everything has to match: gold earrings with a golden bracelet; not rose gold. A pink scarf with the darker shade of pink sweater. If you do not have a jacket to go with the dress you are wearing, you would rather go cold than throw a mismatch over your shoulders.
My mother and the 80’s are to blame for our fixation. You know, the years when women used to dye their handbags and shoes to match their shoulder-padded dresses. My mom’s obsession started with matching home-sewn dresses for herself and my older sister and evolved into turning my sister and I into twins despite the four-year age gap. From there it escalated to colour-coding jewellery to each home-made outfit.
And that, my friends, is how our mom became one of the pioneers for polymer clay jewellery. No, it was not the boho hippy chicks that came up with the idea. Polymer clay has been around for ages, and my mom used it to create clip-on earrings with matching bulky beaded necklaces in 1985.
The Matchy Matchy Collection aims to carry that legacy forward. We started this passion project in July 2019 and since then started a sister branch in Malta when my sister moved there in November.
Polymer clay is pigmented and sculpted into a design which is then baked to cure them. The material is extremely lightweight and can withstand being dropped. Saying that they should still be handled with care. I create one-of-kind handcrafted earrings from this material and only repeat a design on request. Since it is handmade, no design will ever look like another. I create small ranges in a colour scheme or pattern, and each pair is usually in a different design. Taking into consideration that this brand was born out of a love of perfectly coordinated outfits, I love creating custom designs on request. So, if you have a special outfit and can’t find the perfect accessory, you know who to contact.