South African Design

Win with Hello Pretty and Bvbblegvm! (Closed)

We have to confess something: We're not designers ourselves. We prefer to spend our times swooning over the gorgeous things other people make. That's why we get a little giddy when we see things like these delicious strawberries and cream inspired ribbons from Bvbblegvm.

They're a set of vector ribbons  - that means that you get a file usable in any number of design programs with lots of different banners, ribbons, and little extras for you to use any way you like. So, even if you're more finger painting than fine art, you can create beautiful things using these. And, designers, you'll know exactly what to do. So, do you want 'em? Course you do. Here's how:

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Baby, it's cold outside...

Winter has well and truly arrived, pretties. And what better excuse for a gorgeous snowflake necklace with a cheeky little diamond? You can get  yours from Emma Anne Jewellery right here. Wear it while cuddling up with a mug of hot chocolate and listening to this classic winter-themed duet.

We featured this necklace in our newsletter this week, along with a curated collection of other great winter-inspired goodies. If you'd like to be kept in the loop, sign up now!

Forever Young

You're never too old to appreciate a good soft toy! This guy is hand stitched from soft fuzzy felt, and you can get him from Heartfelt here.

We featured this in our newsletter this week, along with a curated collection of other great items for kids and babies. If you'd like to be kept in the loop, sign up now!

My heart belongs to daddy

Gold and sterling silver Superman signet ring from Kallie on Hello Pretty

If your dad is your hero, then look no further for the ultimate Father's Day gift. This beauty has a sterling silver band, with a gold Superman insignia. It's 100% Kryptonite free, and you can get it from Kallie here.

We featured this ring in our newsletter this week, along with a curated collection of other great gift ideas for Father's Day. If you'd like to be kept in the loop, sign up now!

Pretty Personal with Claire du Plooy

Pretty Personal with Claire du Plooy

Willow trees are known for their beautiful lines and elegant appearance - so it's no surprise that Willow Tree Bags have those same qualities. They're handmade in Cape Town by the lovely Claire (who's pretty darned elegant herself). Team HP is obsessed with her range, so we decided to take a peek behind the scenes. 

Pretty Personal with Claire du Plooy

  1. Hello Claire! Tell us a little about yourself.

    As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed dressing up and co-ordinating outfits. So it was a given that the Fashion Industry was my calling. I have worked in the rag trade for over  15 years, in manufacturing and retail. I have had wonderful opportunities to travel and live abroad. Although always involved in the creative process, I yearned to see my designs and ideas transformed into beautiful end products, from start to finish. And so Willow Tree was born.

  2. Why did you choose the name Willow Tree?

    Growing up, we had a willow tree at the bottom of our garden. I would gaze out my bedroom window or lie under the enchanted tree’s softly swaying branches and imagine what the  future held. I suppose you could say that I pinned all my hopes and dreams on the branches of a willow tree.

  3. I had a jasmine creeper outside my window as a child and to this day it still stirs up memories. What are some other things you find inspiring?

    I love the smell of cut grass; the sound of falling rain; exploring new places; old things that  have a story to tell; my son’s little arms that wrap tightly around my neck; my husband’s unconditional love and support. I am constantly inspired by nature’s textures and surfaces. I am fascinated by the diverse use  of prints and patterns that vary across cultures, in South Africa and around the world. I have a love for textiles and can’t resist mixing patterns; plush surfaces and textured raffia with leather to create something unique.

  4. Tell us more about the lovely pieces from Willow Tree.

    Willow Tree is designed, sourced and crafted in Cape Town. I am passionate about keeping things local. We have so many talented people in our country and it is vital to grow and nurture the industry. Our aim is to create stylish, functional accessories that will last throughout the years.

  5. Favourite "Willow," and why?

    Willow Pattern (Ed. note: like the crockery). I am a hopeless romantic and love the fable of the forbidden lovers. May love always prevail.

We couldn't agree more! Head over to Willow Tree's Hello Pretty store to find gorgeous bags you'll fall in love with. You can also stay connected on Facebook.

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