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Missibaba and The Sea Point Library

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I love books and I must admit to being a bit of a library nerd. All those perfectly lined up spines embracing so much delicious knowledge and inspiration…who’s with me? So clearly, the launch of Missibaba‘s latest collection of leather lusciousness, entitled The Reference Section of The Sea Point Library, had my nerdy heart racing.

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This year the brilliant ladies behind Missibaba took a travel hiatus. Instead of globe-trotting for inspiration, they turned local and ensconced themselves for a week long odyssey into the reference section of the Sea Point Library in Cape Town. Art, design and gardening books got Chloe and Lizel’s creative juices flowing and the result is a collection rich in character and narrative.

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The collection has three new patterns created with appliqué and cut-out techniques in multiple colour options. The Quilt, inspired by a photo of an Amish quilt; The Tropicana, the result of a watermelon print paper cutting session; and my favourite, The Pineapple Scallop, another off-cut paper cut creation. Truly delicious!

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The base colour palette is fairly neutral – a buttery soft tan and navy charcoal form the core of the collection – with accents of sunflower yellow and gold for pop. Perfect for autumn! Summer junkies can still get their colour fix with the addition of juicy brights and bolds.

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Four new bold patterns were also created for the collection, also referenced from design and architectural sources. I think Missibaba is just brilliant. Their collection launch the other night was a fabulous evening and I couldn’t resist a certain Cleopatra belt that called my name very loudly. Happy me!

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Sindiso Khumalo – a textile nerd

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Sindiso Khumalo is a self-confessed “textile nerd.” My kind of lady! Born in Botswana and raised in Durban, Sindiso is a textile designer living and working in London. In February 2012, she launched her eponymous label and this year was a speaker at Design Indaba 2015.

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Drawing on her Zulu and Ndebele heritage, Sindiso creates complex graphic designs with a special focus on sustainable textiles for her womenswear collections. Her bespoke prints and modern, architecturally inspired collections are beautiful.

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Her SS15 collection, launched immediately after her Design Indaba presentation with her models appearing in the walkways of the auditorium and making their way to the stage, is a departure from her familiar bright, bold prints of previous ranges. With neutral colours and delicate patterns, the collection is graphic in a very subtle way.

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“The main inspiration for the collection was the idea of a body changing,” Khumalo explained after the launch. She became a mother last year and was inspired by the memory of the woman she was before, and the woman she is today. The collection features many white on white prints and sees her using silk organza for a subtle and delicate look.

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The entire collection was handmade and hand-printed by Sindiso in her London-based studio.