MzansiStore.com is an online marketplace that connects small, creative businesses to a local and global market. Skilled small-scale craft producers have difficulty finding a market where there is a demand for their designs. We empower designers, crafters and artisans to build sustainable businesses by making online selling easy. Pop-Up Store at the Colosseum Luxury Hotel Creative businesses are the future of our country’s manufacturing industry. By empowering these creative small businesses we help create sustainable economic development. We are the embodiment of how the design industry can be advanced. We bridge the gap between technology and creativity. - Deidre Luzmore, Founder and Developer of MzansiStore.com Our online platform provides an ideal environment for creative businesses to test and launch their products without the need for large capital outlay of stock or production. We assist these small businesses get the most of their new web store with our eCommerce training program. #HandMadeInSA Meet some of our suppliers at the Colosseum Luxury Hotel Pop-up Store Eon Hoon Eon Hoon is a Cape Town based jeweller and the owner, designer and manufacturer of Eon Hoon Jewellery Design. He graduated with a BTech in Jewellery Design and Manufacture. During his studies he won the 2005 PlatAfrica’s most creative design award in the student category. Eon’s jewellery can be described as humorous, symbolic and even slightly satirical in some ways. He is a truly mzansi jewellery designer with a tongue in cheek attitude and a different outlook on everyday objects. CaBo CaBo was started by two friends, Anja Capuzzimati and Mariaan van Zyl, whose passion for ceramics and clothing is the heart and soul of their business. They currently produce a wide range of decor and homeware as well as bespoke women’s accessories. Their Capetonian influence inspires all of their designs. Misc. Clothing AfriDiva The lovely ladies working for Marissa can now afford to fly home to Zimbabwe twice a year to see their children where previously they could only afford one trip by bus every two years Ranzani Design Christian Ranzani founded Ranzani Trading Design upon his return to Cape Town after 10 years abroad. He believes that Cape Town has an eclectic mix of cultures that inspire with their creativity and vibrancy. It is Ranzani Design’s mission to help local SMMEs and communities to turn their creativity into business. Wild Rhubarb Tatum Lataste's textile designs are created from original hand drawn sketches. They originate from a simple line drawing, inspired by nature, to a silk screen. Finally, she hand prints it on natural cottons, linens and hemp. The fabrics are made in South Africa using the highest SABS approved standards. Each item is made with love and care by hand. All of Tatum's products reflect our commitment to sustainability, fair trade and supports the local market. Lara Kelbe is the creative designer behind Misc Clothing. Her range consists of womens workwear focused on comfort, quality and effortless style. She upcycles sarees to create beautiful bespoke pieces for your wardrobe. Due to the cut of a saree, each piece is so to speak - one of a kind. Grassbacks Sibusiso Mbonambi is the creative mind behind Grassbacks, a range of men’s snapbacks made from woven grass. These trendy caps is what happened when the traditional fedora straw hat met the street snapback. Grassback caps bring style to sustainability. Cape to Cali Marissa Brendel is the creative heart behind AfriDiva, a fashion label who makes use of 100% recycled materials. All their beautiful necklaces, for example, are handmade out of recycled CocaCola cans! Their necklaces are stamped out of sheets of Coca Cola cans. Sasha Leon Sasha Leon is the creative behind Sasha Leon Sculpture & Jewellery. Her designs portray an unrivalled and unique mzansi flavour. After training as a goldsmith she then completed her fine art degree majoring in sculpture at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Sasha is most content when expressing her creativity in the fullness of three dimensions whether in jewellery or art. She works from her home studio looking out over Table Mountain where she lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Cape to Cali is a range of handcrafted accessories that is inspired by colourful cultures. Alonya van Rooyen, the creative designer, is heavily influenced by both her Capetonian upbringing and her current, Californian, lifestyle. These beautiful African prints are fused with the simplicity of the Californian (and Capetonian) laid back lifestyle. Alonya started Cape to Cali after she lost her sister to cancer over 2 years ago. Her sister's passing only cemented Alonya's belief that life is too short not to live your dream. Clari Design Chantel Clarijs is the creator of Clari Design, a handmade clothing and accessory label. The Clari product line is exceptional quality yet value for money. Chantel fell in-love with fashion design and other pretty things at the age of 16. She studied Textile & Surface design where she learnt to make use of every last piece of material available to her. Not only is Chantel able to see the immense potential in the small things, she has the creative ability to follow through on it. Naturals Beauty Naturals Beauty is a beauty products range that is handcrafted in small, fresh batches. Tanya Du Bois, the creative drive behind the range, always uses the highest quality natural ingredients as well as organic ingredients wherever possible as part of her commitment to making products that are free from petrochemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrances and harmful chemicals. Mathilde & Co Gwen Gosselin from Mathilde & Co has seen and done it all. This self-taught creative entrepreneur aims to adorn your children’s room with colourful toys, beautiful dresses and much more. These stunning products are made from proudly South African, bright shweshwe fabrics.
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