How on earth could I have not known about Kamers Vol Geskenke? I was told about Kamers & CCDI by our own Chef Billy – in suspense from what Billy had mentioned, I immediately worked some Google magic and became a pro stalker. I liked their Facebook page and followed them on Twitter. I was in awe from what I found about Kamers – a wonderful concept of a pop-up retail featuring South Africa’s most talented designers from jewellery to food artisans. This month ‘Kamers Vol Geskenke’ together with ‘CCDI’ (Cape Craft and Design Institute) showcased a beautiful arrangement of talented designers at their pop-up event which was held at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.
To say that I enjoyed the Kamers & CCDI is an understatement! I loved it, I thought it was amazing – beautiful! My camera was always pointing at any glorious work of art I could find – and that was everything. It was inspiring to see what some of the designers came up with. A particular favourite of mine was the quirky gift jars by ‘The Gift Jar’ by Nell-Louise. Her innovative and unique ideas of any gift in a jar to suit any loved ones personality. From inspiring words in a jar to a movie night gift jar, beard grooming gift jar to souvenir spoons for those with a vintage flair.
And then I have to mention the jewellery, each jewellery designer’s unique talent was brought to the forefront through their pieces. Personal, fragile and elegant pieces with a cutting edge. I felt that although each piece was made by someone else it was personally made for you – or maybe I was just in my happy place. ‘Spirit Jewellery’ showcased their pieces amongst beautiful trinkets, music notes and vintage books. With the low-lighting, taking photographs became time-consuming but the owner of ‘Spirit Jewellery‘, Nikki Shepherd, was extremely friendly and accommodating, which made it easier to photograph – she had my back, thank you!
Another particular favourite of mine was the creative works by ‘Anchami Accessories’. Stunning jewellery inspired by a personal favourite genre of mine – ‘Steam Punk’. A mixture of gears and clocks mashed up with beauty and a vintage inspired taste from the Victorian Era. Annelie Mans is the Goldsmith Guru while her husband Charll Mans is the Guru for all things leather. Charll’s use of vibrant and earthy leather bags add to the innovation behind the Victorian and Steam Punk genre, the perfect match to accompany the jewellery – a true power couple.
Gourmet Food stalls surrounded the fountain at the Castle – this was a popular meeting place at the Kamers & CCDI pop-up. The smell of artisan breads and fresh brewed coffee filled the air. A wonderful and colourful arrangement of delicious macarons were one of the numerous tea treats you could find. If you looked hard enough you may even have beeen in luck of finding the old-school lunch time favourite, rice krispy treats.
A popular lunch-time choice of mine was Lucy’s. A pop-up British tea garden with an assortment of British tea treats, the perfect combination of indulging with the ol’ British scone and a cuppa tea luv – don’t ruin my buzz. For R80 we were treated to a British high tea of scones with clotted cream and jam, quiche, mini cupcakes, a macaron, a ‘koeksister’ and sandwhiches. The arrangement of treats were mini-sized and enough to fill the gap, the high tea at Lucy’s was a short escape from the mass of crowds at the Kamers & CDDI – if you were lucky enough to find a table.
I visited the Kamers & CCDI: Trading at the Castle on the last day it was held. The location was breathtaking, the combination of retailers were inspiring and the food was delicious. Next time I go I’ll start at the food artisans stalls so I have more time to try everything! Beware foodies 🙂
A few extras from Kamers & CDDI: Trading at the Castle