One of the things I really love about living in Cape Town is that it’s a holiday city, even more so when summer hits. Spending entire days sitting at an office instead of being fabulous at the beach or some bar becomes increasingly unbearable. That’s why it was quite a nice treat last Friday (27 Nov) when a whole bunch of us left the office at 15h00 and headed to a PICHULIK event, where – thank gaahd – freshly made pizza and booze awaited. Also, interesting choice of venue. It was The Ring Boxing Club in that area of Cape Town that can’t decide what the F it wants to be called. I think it’s currently referred to as downtown. Back during the World Design Capital days it was called The Fringe and before that when I was a young’un pushing plates for tips it was called East City. Really now Cape Town, your schizophrenia never ceases to amaze, amuse and inspire me.

Anyway, I digress. PICHULIK, that’s what we’re talking about. I’ve always been a huge fan of Katherine-Mary’s work, and I was looking forward to her new range. Imagine my excitement when we go to the boxing club to find out that in addition to the accessories she was also dropping a clothing collection and a footwear collaboration with Espadril. Girlfriend has been quite busy it seems. The new fashion range is designed by Nadya von Stein, along with co-designer Megan Taljaard. It’s called Nolita, and it’s a super simple, super clean resort collection made of hand-dyed hemp.

Says Katherine of the launch concept: “I wanted to show the more gritty, blue collar side of Italian culture and focus on the immigrant neighbourhood of Nolita in Manhattan, NYC. So now you know why we chose the name Nolita for the collection and why we celebrated in the ring!”

Speaking of Italian culture, Kat recently went on a two-month artists residency in Italy, at a place called Villa Lena on the Tuscany countryside. Her S/S 16 jewellery collection, called Lena, was inspired by her time there.

Enjoy the pics below, and may all your summer Friday afternoons be spent as far away from the office as possible. Not possible? Askies my skat, you arme ding you.

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Text and Images by Malibongwe Tyilo

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