Thanks to Plascon Spaces for their Creative Crush interview, all about colour!

Plascon Spaces



I love this quote from Dan Saks of Saks Corner, who we collaborated with when putting together the BRISE SOLEIL Lookbook.  Our businesses have been growing side-by-side over the past few years, and I’ve always loved Dan’s sweetly quizzical air that also comes across in the things he makes and sells at Saks Corner. I dropped in at the Saks Corner store in Woodstock and had a chat with Dan: Hello Dan! Tell us all about who you are and what you do. Hello! I am Dan Saks owner of Saks Corner. I’m a designer/maker and retailer for Scandinavian inspired solid wood furniture and… Continue reading


Colour: Inspiration for Brise Soleil

Post-launch, it’s always great to look back at what inspired a collection, and of course you know that the patterns designed for the BRISE SOLEIL collection were inspired by breezebrick midcentury screens, but I thought you might like to see my inspiration behind this colour palette, which you’ll see used throughout our 2016 Lookbook. The strange, but insanely sophisticated colours used by two Milanese studios – Studio Pepe and Dimore Studio – provided me with much colour inspiration. Aren’t those rich petrol blues, popped with burned orange shades, minty greens and orangey pinks are utterly delicious?       And this is how it all panned out for… Continue reading

Modernist-sofa CROP


For our 2016 Lookbook, I had a brainwave to collaborate with local furniture designers and manufacturers, presenting one of their signature pieces in our new BRISE SOLEIL collection. I approached Emma de Crespigny of The New Modernist, who has recently opened the doors to a beautiful new shop in the BoKaap. After looking at a number of options together, Emma decided to cover The New Modernist’s replica 50’s sectional sofa in the Aperture print, in concrete. It turned out absolutely beautifully! Emma was also kind enough to lend us loads of beautiful furniture from The New Modernist, which we used, alongside a yummy array of greys, soft pinks… Continue reading



I moved to Cape Town in 1996, and the LIM store on Kloof Street has always been a fixture in my neighbourhood. It took me a few years before I felt sophisticated enough to go inside, but these days I’m SO sophisticated, I’m in there all the time 😉 When putting together our 2016 LookBook for the BRISE SOLEIL fabric collection, I had the brainwave of collaborating with local furniture manufacturers on each of our looks. Although LIM is quite different from the Skinny laMinx shop, I love the signature clean, modern lines, so I was thrilled when owner Pauline Mutlow agreed to the… Continue reading


FABRICS 2016: Brise Soleil

I’m thrilled to bits to reveal our brand new fabric collection, named BRISE SOLEIL. Brise Soleil is a French term (so it’s pronounced breez so-lay) that refers to an architectural screen – usually made of pierced brick or concrete block – which provides shade from the sun. Literally, brise soleil means ‘break the sun’, but along with their shade-making abilities, a brise soleil also provides ventilation, privacy, security and (best of all) decoration! Brise soleil screens have been part of vernacular architecture in tropical regions for years, so when Modernist architects were working in Africa, Brazil and India, they incorporated these screens into their work,… Continue reading


Sneak peek

There’s only one thing on my mind this week, and that’s breeze bricks / ventilation blocks / breezeblocks / brise soleil screens.  I’ve been taking snaps of brise soleil walls, created a #BriseSoleilSA hashtag, and have even started a Google map with pics and locations of the ones I’ve discovered. Why do I have blocks and bricks on the brain? Well, it’s because this evening, we’ll be launching BRISE SOLEIL – our brand new fabric collection, which is all inspired by the wonderful array of pattern in ventilation brick walls. And… ooh, look! More bricks…. (with a sneak peek thrown in!) Psst! You’ll find more of our sneaky… Continue reading



Not too long ago, when I wrote a BEST THINGS post about all kind of breeze brick walls and screens, I started an instagram hashtag #brisesoleilSA, hoping to start a record of brise soleil walls and screens across South Africa. I’m thrilled to say that there’s been some participation! Take a look at these beauties: Top L-R: @charton_b  ; and @mphovackier ;  @pintuckjo  in Scarborough ; Bottom L-R:  @donne_atkinson in Pinelands ; and also at Salt Rock Hotel in KZN ; @mollytims at Century City conference centre. This Tamboerskloof beauty from Skinny laMinx online shop manager, @soniadebeer. Top: @brett.wilks in Pretoria CBD ; and… Continue reading

Alberta-Ferretti-coat rips off Skinny laminx

Alberta Ferretti and Skinny laMinx

If you’ve been following Skinny laMinx for a bit, you’ll know my  Tall Pincushion motif, which I first made  as a papercut way back in 2008, and still sell as a fabric print today. If you love that design, you’ll love what top Italian designer, Alberta Ferretti has done with it, as part of her #AFFW16 collection!