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The Old Biscuit Mill – a selection

16 Aug

This is what being Capetonian is about. Saturday mornings turn Woodstock into a veritable hive. Everyone who wants to be seen, wants to taste awesome food, or simply wander around in the sunshine with delicious smells wafting over them, must head to the Old Biscuit Mill. This complex was literally the old Bakers Biscuit Mill and has been morphed into a small shopping centre with an organic food and design market on Saturdays. I love the Biscuit Mill. Here is a selection of my absolutely favourite shops and stalls.

Alexandra Höjer

Alexandra Höjer is a Swedish fashion designer, but we are lucky enough to have her in Cape Town! She is based here and has a permanent store in the Lifestyle Centre on Kloof Street. Her dresses are what have made me a fan. She uses beautiful cotton, some of which she has printed herself – and she creates whimsical (yes, I said it, whimsical) dresses that fit just right. She also has a range or shirts, tops, pants and anything you could imagine!

Alexandra’s stall really stands out at the Biscuit Mill. She is forward thinking enough to have a debit and credit card machine, which none of the other stalls do, and she has a small changing area. Alexandra herself is also part of the charm. She is a gentle woman, but always offers advice that doesn’t feel like a sales pitch.

Splash out on a gorgeous dress for this summer – I can guarantee you will wear it all season!

Visit the store at Lifestyles on Kloof, 021-4224149, Monday to Friday, 10-4.30 or the stall at the Old Biscuit Mill, Saturday 9-2 pm.

Mü & Me

Mü is a gorgeous little bird, drawn by Daley Müller. Luckily she has a whole crowd of lovely characters that make up her world. Cute design, whether it is on stationery, clothing or interiors has always made me feel a little dizzy with glee, especially if it has African flavour and involves animals. Enter Mü & Me. Bliss. Mü & me is a design company that ticks all the boxes – children’s clothes, stationery, stickers, grown up T-shirts, badges, stickers, bags and now they have upholstery fabric for children’s furniture.

The designs (or illustrations) are fresh, brightly coloured and all round gorgeous. They use animals, boys and girls in Western or traditional African clothing  and stunning motifs like cupcakes, rainbows, hearts and all things that make my heart melt a little and wish I was still a little girl.

The newest range of cards is stunning, moving away from simply having one or two characters to having whole scenes drawn in detail. Yay! The postcards I send my sister in England have been a big hit, so I can’t wait to send some of these new gems.

Visit the Mü & Me store, Shop E102 Old Biscuit Mill Woodstock, 021 447 14 13, or find their stock at various stores around the country, like Wordsworth and Exclusive books. If you’re further afield Mü & Me is even available at Selfridges and Liberty in London!

More Old Biscuit Mill in tomorrow’s post…