I spent some of last week up in Johannesburg, launching my Flower Dreams collection at The Silk & Cotton Co. showroom in Kramerville, and then being driven all over town by some of the lovely Silkco dames. The launch was fab, and thanks so much to everyone who came along. It was great to meet you all!
I was taken to lots of shops and showrooms who already carry Skinny laMinx, as well as some that we think would greatly benefit from the association :). In my rush to pack, I forgot my camera, so had only my (really rubbish) Blackberry phone camera, so please forgive the sub-standard snaps of these gorgeous chairs, all spotted at Mezzanine in Greenside.
I also visited the beautiful new 03 Desmond precinct in Kramerville, where I drooled over the beautiful restraint of style always shown by Tonic Design, and spotted a super-cute 60s seat at Mud Studio upstairs. (Pics so bad, I had to change them to black & white. Thanks, Blackberry)
Most of my impressions were mental and not photographic, and really, I came away with a wonderful sense of optimism on the Joburg retail scene. Restaurants are full, people are shopping, buildings and centres are going up, and local design studios like Tonic, Egg, Mud and others, are investing in beautiful, expansive showrooms that demonstrate a belief that this is a place where their product can be a major player.
On the way back to the airport on the Gautrain (love that thing!) I realised that my visit to Joburg had substantially raised my ambition levels. See, it IS dangerous up there!