First glance: Design Indaba Expo

The Design Indaba Expo opened today, and many felt that exhibitors had upped their game from last year, which was considered too craft heavy. It is always hard to balance the talks at the Design Indaba with having a leisurely look at all on display at the Expo – the programme is just too intense. … Continue reading

Shoe fetish anyone?

Most people love shoes, and I’m no stranger to the tribe. My interest in shoes is more specific though. I live in trainers, but collect really unusual shoes. I made a decision a few years ago to only buy really unique shoes, so as a result, my shoe collection is not that vast (compared to … Continue reading

Waiting for David Tlale…

So the big Jozi fashion moment has come and gone – David Tlale’s closing show for Joburg Fashion Week, held on the iconic Nelson Mandela bridge. In PR terms it was a coup. In fashion terms it was a missed opportunity, and in terms of event management, it was a comedy of errors (except it … Continue reading

Robert Graham trilby’s

So it’s no secret that I am partial to wearing trilby’s. On my recent trip to LA, I stumbled upon a great designer store – Robert Graham – on the trendy Abott Kinney road, who had one of the best selections I have ever seen. Visit the webiste on:

Robot therapy

At the beginning of the year I attended CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – in Las Vegas. It is basically a geek’s wet dream. All the biggest electronics brands unveil their latest techno arsenal, and no expense is spared. It is the most spectacular display of brand one-upmanship you could ever witness. You also … Continue reading


I love Japanese culture and especially love Japanese food. Ever since hearing about Kaiseki or kaiseki ryōri (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, generally served in small, exquisitely crafted, starter-like portions, which are themselves individual works of art), I have been lusting for the experience. On a recent trip to visit my brother in LA, I … Continue reading

Hello world!

So the column I have been writing for the past 8 years for Elle magazine (SA) has come to an end. The March 2011 issue will feature my final “last word” column, and it is indeed a bitter-sweet moment. Bitter (as in sad, not resentful), because I am the last member of the launch team … Continue reading