Cape Town, 16 May 2017 – There is a reason they call them “investment pieces”: at over R60,000 for a Chanel medium flap bag or R100,000 for a Ralph Lauren dress, luxury goods are meant to last a lifetime and hold their value. This is why the market for used designer goods is the most attractive category for online consignment. It is therefore not paradox to invest in luxury today, to be able to afford luxury later. But with so many brands to choose from, many get lost or buy the wrong piece. Even within the same label, the resale prices vary quite massively depending on the material or, of course, the item itself. This is where the experts from Luxity, a Cape Town start-up and South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned luxury, jump in to help and give advice. Exciting News for Lovers of Top Quality Handbags A few years ago, to name just one example, a Hermès Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin bag was sold at auction in Hong Kong for over $300,000 (which today would roughly equate to nearly R4,500,000). That, of course, is the very top end of “super handbags”. Interestingly, many people do not realise that their signature handbag could increase in value and that handbags are becoming investment assets. The JustCollecting Rare Handbag index, however, shows that in the past decade investment-grade bags have increased in value by nearly 8% annually, which, according to the report, is due to a surge in appreciation for the bag’s timeless style. The experts at Luxity, South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned luxury, are convinced that investing in mainstream brands is not a good long-term investment. Exotic skins, special material, gemstones and embroidery, however, can add to a bag’s value. The artistic merit of the bag and associations with fashion icons (the famous Birkin and Kelly bags from Hermès speak to that) are additional key factors. And, last but not least, condition is everything. The solution to the latter, of course, is to treat handbags like you . . .
Increasing the value of a property can be easily achieved by transforming key areas using quality products, rather than overhauling the entire structure, which is a costly and laborious undertaking. “Home owners should remember that their home’s materiality is directly correlated with its intrinsic value and re-sale potential,” explained Caesarstone’s marketing director, Trevor King. “Choosing top quality, hygienic finishes like Caesarstone that retain their design longevity, helps to position a house as a good investment in the minds of estate agents and buyers.” Caesarstone is a leading manufacturer of kitchen surfaces and co-sponsor of Decorex Joburg, taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. This four-day exhibition will feature the best range of home improvement products with experts across the décor, design and lifestyle industry on-hand to guide homeowners on practical renovations, as well as offering insightful DIY tips that could prove very cost-efficient. “Home improvements are always worth investing in but the true worth really comes into play when an owner is looking to put the house on the market,” said King. “Where simple acts such as de-cluttering, re-painting and completing minor repairs before prospective buyers take a look definitely creates a stronger first impression; updating the home’s more functional and ‘lived in’ spaces is often the clincher.” Two key points to consider tackling first are the kitchen and bathroom areas as these improvements are known to speed up the sale of a home while adding thousands to the selling price. “Because of the move towards open plan living, the kitchen has become the focal point with the feel and look of the house emanating from here,” explained King. “This essentially makes the kitchen the home’s most valuable point. Buyers are looking for modern finishes, quality material and functionality when they assess the kitchen.” However, King said re-modelling the entire . . .
May 2017 – Founders of A Mari Ocean Gin, Jess Henrich and Niel du Toit have returned to Cape Town after globetrotting for 14 years. Both enthusiasts of new ventures, these two entrepreneurs met up over a languid dinner and started discussing the gin trend and its potential in South Africa. Fast forward to the early hours and the initial concept for A Mari Ocean Gin was born - the only gin in the world distilled with Atlantic Ocean seawater. From concept to A Mari Ocean Gin being on shelf took just 4 months. A Mari - originating from Latin, means 'from the sea’. There is a reason behind using the ocean water, the minerals in the water aid in the oil extraction from the unique Cape coastal botanicals giving a rich smoothness and complexity to the gin. The nose exhibits a citrus-forward freshness, echoed on the palate with hints of naartjie and lemon, merging into a mid-palate of rich florals and peppery spices. This premium gin is made in small batches and Niel and Jess do everything from harvesting the botanicals, to distilling, to hand numbering each bottle that goes onto the market. They are currently working on a second gin. Comments Jess: “A Mari, was created because we wanted something that was different, a bit disruptive. We wanted to create a great gin that pushed the boundaries a little.” States Niel: “A Mari is true to its location. The immense variety of wild fynbos botanicals here are exciting, pair that with the unique production method, and the Atlantic Ocean, and you have a gin that tastes like Cape Town.” This is a great tasting gin, with a beautiful nose. You can enjoy it straight on ice or with a good tonic, but the real beauty of this gin is when shaken with just a splash of vermouth - you'll get a martini that would make 007 come back for more. A Mari Ocean Gin is available at leading stockists, bars and 5-star hotels in and around Cape Town with distributors coming on line to service the rest of the country in the coming . . .
The newly formed Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) tasked specifically with looking after the interests and recycling of steel, tin plate and aluminium packaging, MetPac-SA, says metal packaging is arguably one of the most reliable and versatile types of packaging used in South Africa and the world today. Multiple benefits “Metal packaging comes in a wide range of sizes – from a small can for tomato concentrate, to a steel drum for bulk tomato transport, and everything in-between. Despite holding a relatively small share of the total packaging market, factors such as innovation, new introductions and significant promotional activity are driving the ever-increasing demand for cans,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of MetPac-SA. Bezuidenhout advocates that metal and aluminium cans are becoming increasingly popular as a packaging option, owing to the multitude of sizes, shapes and printing designs can be manufactured to individual customer requirements. “Innovation sells packaging and packaging sells products. The lightness of aluminium packaging helps to save resources during filling, product transportation, storage and the transportation of scrap at the end of a product’s life. Thanks to its unique attributes, cans act as food warehouses that have unrivaled shelf lives. They are able to protect their contents over many months, with no refrigeration, and therefore helps to save food, energy and prevent wastage. Furthermore, metal and aluminium cans are unbreakable, impact-resistant and puncture-resistant and able to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure,” she says. Growing market share “Although the market share for metal packaging has traditionally been relatively small (216.8 tonnes of 3 490.1 tonnes, according to the latest stats available to Packaging SA) we believe it is poised for growth as South Africans are increasingly choosing cans as the packaging material of choice when it comes to both their drinking, food and general . . .
Oh what a luxurious night! One that many South African fashion followers have been waiting for forever. Luxury brand, Ferragamo, celebrated the opening of its renovated flagship store in South Africa, located at Sandton City last night. It was a lavish ceremony that was opened by AbuIssa Holding’s CEO Mr. Fawaz Idrissi from Doha. The renovated store mirrors the modern structural and architectural aesthetics that the Italian luxury brand has currently injected into its DNA. The elements used in the store’s renovation reflect the new creative direction the brand has been reinforcing as of late. Ferragamo’ s current footwear director, Paul Andrew, mirrored that sentiment in an interview earlier this year, saying: “This is not about a reinvention, but about reintroducing the brand to a new generation of women, while not alienating or forgetting the existing client, The way we are going about it is based on Salvatore’s original mindset, which was all about creativity and innovation. All the ingredients were there, so we wanted to rework these elements in a totally new way. That innovation has been lost in the past 40 years.” The store originally opened in 2000 originally, is the brand’s largest South African location. The renovated space now has a footprint of 203m². The newly renovated space features the full lifestyle brand experience of men’s and ladies products, across the full collection of shoes, accessories, RTW, accessories, watches & perfumes. Ferragamo is considered by many in the industry to represent old school luxury but that’s changing fast, as the brand has been injecting new life into it’s DNA by appointing a new creative team to carry the brand into its next phase. The shoes, bags, accessories and scarves for both men and women are absolutely gorgeous. They even have a kiddies selection with the cutest pumps, boots and bags that you will not be able to resist. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Sandton City again. CLICK HERE . . .
Kohler is constantly looking for opportunities to partner with designers to ignite the power of this world-class brand, boasting a heritage of over 143 years in innovative and leading edge design. The Design Joburg event is perfectly positioned as a platform for close and meaningful collaborations with interior designers, to showcase Kohler as a bathroom and kitchen brand, in sync with the needs of the discerning designer and home owner. Kohler Highlights at Design Joburg: • Together with Atelier Interiors the distinctiveness of a Kohler bathroom experience comes alive in a collaboration fused with modern contemporary and timeless design. Inspired by Kohler’s ability to seamlessly fuse innovation and technology this specific space aims to showcase the sleek, and ultra-contemporary products available to create a bespoke bathroom experience. Deemed as an absolute showstopper, the Kohler Mica Round Basin, with the thinnest edge Kohler has ever produced in a basin, will be adding its cutting-edge design to enhance the contemporary ambience of this space. This piece draws its popularity thanks to its durability, made of Supramic® material and DFI stain-resistant surface coating, making it easier to clean. The Kohler Composed Mixer will also be on display, the Titanium finish makes this mixer uniquely edgy, cool and a stunning addition to any modern interior including dark spaces or a bright backdrop. • Working alongside Ditau Interiors, Kohler will be giving the modern-man exactly what he wants to create the ultimate 21st century man-cave. Modern enough to meet the needs of the evolving man yearning for a hi-tech lifestyle, while still creating a restorative retreat that is healing in its nature and naturally appealing in its appearance. The Kohler Derring® Basin from the range of Kohler Artist Editions Basins complements this man cave impeccably with its textural beauty that cleverly combines glaze and pattern to create a palette of ever changing, light . . .
South Africa’s best butchers will be given a well-deserved platform to showcase their international-level skills, demonstrating creative preparation and uses of beef, lamb and pork at The Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival (#fireandfeast), presented by Crown National, taking place over Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 26 to 28 May. “This is the first event of its kind in South Africa and we are really excited to be providing this unique opportunity for the public to see the best at work,” said Paul Edmunds, Sponsorship and Content Manager at Reed Exhibitions, festival organisers who have partnered with Crown National on the event. “Visitors can expect to learn interesting new ways to prepare meat from leading butchers with some of the country’s best chefs on hand to demonstrate cooking techniques using a variety of modern utensils.” The National Butchers’ Challenge Presented by Crown National Giving South African butchers a major push onto the international stage is the National Butchers’ Challenge presented by Crown National. The contest, which will run throughout the festival, sees 10 teams consisting of six members each, competing in a three-hour time slot where they will be required to prepare and present cuts of beef, lamb and pork. The six members will be assigned specific tasks with no overlap and assistance allowed. Their overall performance will be assessed by a panel of judges with representatives from the South African Chefs Association and South African Meat Industry Council scrutinising several aspects such as hygiene, knife skills, marketability of the cuts, presentation and the uniqueness of the product formulation. The best butchers of this challenge - organised by leading South African butcher, Caroline McCann and renowned chef, Arnold Tanzer – will go on to represent South African at the World Butcher’s Challenge taking place in Belfast, Ireland in 2018. The SA Free Flame Championships Keeping the competitive flame alive will be . . .
Equally at home in a traditional or contemporary setting, the AGA Ludlow fireplace offers understated style, classic design and exquisite detail. The AGA Ludlow is a medium-sized solid fuel or wood-burning fireplace. Like all AGA fireplaces, it benefits from the AGA Active Air Wash System - cutting-edge technology that optimises heat performance, reduces harmful emissions and keeps the stove window clean so you can enjoy the relaxing effect of a real fire. The beauty of the AGA Ludlow fireplace is in its simplicity. Not only is it easy to use, it can be left to burn overnight so you're greeted in the morning by a beautifully warm room. It's incredibly easy to clean too, thanks to the Ludlow's removable shaker grate, ash pan, fire fence and ash tray. Available in matte black and the option of either a top or rear flue attachment. The coil handle stays at room temperature, which means you can easily touch it, as it doesn't get hot. Recognised as the world's best cooking appliance, the AGA commands a level of adulation more often associated with the glitz of Hollywood fame -- and generates similar devotion. It's deemed the number one luxury appliance brand and revered as one of the top three design icons of the century. It's the kitchen centrepiece of Celebrities, Professional Chefs and Homeowners across the globe. AGA represents a lifestyle, one that owners embrace and share fervently with others. For more information visit www.agaliving.co.za. The full range is available directly from AGA South Africa and a selection from Bergzicht Furnishers, Gas & Equipment, Kloppers, Melvill and Moon, Metelerkamps and cookware range online from takealot.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
We are thrilled to announce a double platinum award for our Chardonnay 2015 at the National Wine Challenge ceremony for the Top 100 SA wines. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is the only wine farm in the Cape situated next to the Atlantic seaboard. The favourable maritime conditions allows for the wine to display the true characteristics of a cool climate. To preserve maximum freshness and fruit expression, no secondary malolactic fermentation was allowed during the production stages of the wine. The fruit for this wine was individually hand-picked to select only the finest grapes from the crop. The Chardonnay 2015 range has remained a bestseller among many which promise to develop beautifully over time. Add the Chardonnay 2015 to your collection of wines. Do not delay on the opportunity to shop online for this double platinum wine. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Bot River Lagoon, Hermanus, 7201, South Africa. www.benguelacove.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
How do you maintain the perfect temperature while sleeping? Do you sleep with one leg out of the blanket? Leave your feet sticking out at the bottom? The right temperature is a factor in determining the quality of sleep you’re going to have. Vencasa introduces the All Season Duvet, which has been made with clever “options”. The All Season Duvet is available as a DUO (two duvets that can be used throughout the year separately or together), comprising of the following: One duvet with a weight of 125g/m² (recommended for use in spring-summer) One duvet with a weight of 250g/m² (recommended for use in autumn-winter). The two parts clip together with fitted press studs to form one inner duvet. For cold winter nights, the two covers should be clipped together and placed into a duvet cover. For nights that are in between temperatures, the 125 g/m² summer layer is taken out first, leaving the warmer 250g/m² autumn layer on the bed. As temperatures increase, the 250g/m² autumn-layer is exchanged for the 125 g/m² summer-layer. It is comprised of a 100% polyester microfiber outer fabric with a silky touch and an attractive embossed design, filled with 100% polyester hollow conjugated siliconized fibre with Acarsan® anti-dust mite treatment. It is available in the following sizes: 240x220cm – Super Queen 260x240cm – Super King The Vencasa All Season Duvet is the ideal option for those with less storage space. It will ensure a high degree of comfort with a combined 9.2 Tog rating. It will also ensure good, healthy sleep while it protects against dust mites and allergies. This smart duvet is a must have for the bedroom! Vencasa has partnered with global and local experts to create the Vencasa Signature Collection for every sleep need. This includes mattresses, headboards, bases and frames, side tables, lamps, occasional furniture, ottomans, linen, pillows, towels and luxurious bedroom accessories, with several price points to accommodate their . . .