Contributors

Vagabond Joe showcases the talent of individuals, celebrates the independants and collects a global mixture of the extraordinary, the beautiful and the exotic.

Contributors custom make limited edition designer products and one-off originals for each theme, which are available solely through Vagabond Joe.

Novelties from the old to the new gathered along the road through each theme include clothing, accessories, books, jewellery, art, ceramics and homeware.

Some fellow wanderers contribute globally sourced secondhand gems while all books strange and wonderful are shipped in from worldwide by our local independant The Book Lounge.

The Book Lounge

The Book Lounge

Paradise…meeting authors of books I have adored and they are nice people.

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The Book Lounge

The Book Lounge is an Independent Bookshop in the Eastern Precinct of Cape Town City Centre. Opening it’s doors on Roeland Street in December 2007, the store offers a wide and eclectic selection of books. Mervyn with his experienced and passionate staff will not only assist you, but will suggest books based on your interests or do their utmost to source a particular book for you.

The Book Lounge has a way of keeping you there for hours so enjoy a coffee  downstairs while exploring. Also every Saturday morning at 11 am is story time at The Book Lounge – for 3 to 8 year olds. From launching their own International Book Fair, The Open Book Festival, to the many interesting book related events at the store, their dedication to the word is evident.

www.booklounge.co.za

Kirsten Beets

Kirsten Beets

Paradise...is a time not a place

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Kirsten Beets

Kirsten Beets was born in Cape Town South Africa in 1983. She completed a degree in Fine Arts from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and subsequently went on to study 3D animation at the Animation School. She worked as a texture artist for a post-production company in Cape Town for two years, before pursuing further postgraduate education at Stellenbosch University where she gained a Bphil in illustration in 2012.

Kirsten works predominantly with oil paint on paper and has participated in several group shows. She has recently returned form a residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. She currently lives and works in Cape Town.

Kirsten says of her work -
I think of my illustrations as fragments of memory captured in a tangible form. By rendering them in minute detail with oil paint, I add value and a rich depth to seemingly meaningless or cheap objects, elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory. For me, my work embodies the notion of nostalgia and the desire to collect and keep safe the memories evoked by experiences.

www.kirstenbeets.com
Kirsten Beets on Twitter

Candice King – Buy Buy Birdie

Candice King – Buy Buy Birdie

Paradise... a full night of uninterrupted sleep. Sigh!

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Candice King – Buy Buy Birdie

Buy Buy Birdie is a collection of one-of-a kind statement dresses for those that absolutely adore vintage and enjoy a more whimsical sense of style. Authentically vintage, each dress is a treasure and has its own story to tell. Think Art Deco buildings and Don Draper, we love all things beautiful and charming, cool and kitsch and we find inspiration in the strangest of places and smallest of things.

This little Birdie has searched far and wide to bring you the most exquisite and coolest retro dresses of yesteryear. Recycled and reworked for a contemporary fit (no granny frocks!) our dresses are longing to be reloved and are looking for a welcoming wardrobe.

Buy Buy Birdie on Facebook
Buy Buy Birdie on Twitter

 

Ymke Hemminga – Scratch the Surface

Ymke Hemminga – Scratch the Surface

Paradise...A hammock! Any place can be paradisiacal when one is slightly elevated

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Ymke Hemminga – Scratch the Surface

Ymke Hemminga (1974) was born in Waddinxveen, a village of Benoni-esque boredom in the Netherlands. She spent years thinking whilst cycling, drawing, dreaming of uninterrupted horizons, and writing, padded with a fair amount of faffing. After traveling, studying Fine Arts in South Africa, studying creative-and-play writing in Amsterdam, she landed permanently in 2003, where an uninterrupted horizon was found on a smallholding in Boschkop east of Tshwane.

Scratch the Surface/Ymke has been illustrating and writing freelance since 1999, the keyword here is analog! Un-photoshopped pen and ink scribbles often accompanied by long limbed, poetic cursive writings. In 2009 she started her own ranges of A5 postcards and illustrated crockery because there is so much white crockery in the world…and she still scribbles freelance for magazines, logo’s, invitations, books and private commissions.

Ymke of what inspires her -
All absurd and beautiful aspects of being human. People and their ornaments and inventions. That there are people out there inventing ‘rubber-pet-brushing-gloves’ or saving whales or being Nelson Mandela or Paris Hilton. Human beings seem to be the kings and queens of distraction from dazzling responsibility that we humans, as oppose to a Cocker Spaniel, can think, feel, speak, laugh and choose.

Trying to find the humor in mundane daily acts, like doing dishes and groceries etc. Collecting and creating moments or items that evoke a grin or a giggle. I have to find humor in everything or else…no seriously I think it’s all we’ve got to rise above ourselves, to connect and evolve.

www.scratchthesurface.co.za

Janice Codron – Hamsa

Janice Codron – Hamsa

Paradise...is here .. I just don’t see it all the time

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Janice Codron – Hamsa

Hamsa clothing started out as a small yoga brand and has branched out into a range of comfortable classic for everyday wear. The styles are always simple with interesting details, and the aim is to allow the wearer to use the clothing item in their own way. There is no excessive branding or ‘signature style’ going into a Hamsa garment. The point is to make it your own and wear it your own way.

All Hamsa items are designed and made in Cape Town South Africa

www.hamsa.co.za
Hamsa on etsy

 

Helen Milne – Miss Milne

Helen Milne – Miss Milne

Paradise…lost

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Helen Milne – Miss Milne

Miss Milne had her first debut into the English Market in 2005 in London. As an independent designer, working for Pepe Jeans UK, she was designing and running their ‘one of 1′ ladies collection in Harvey Nichols London.

Her intricate flair led her to designing pieces for Press, working with the likes of Jamie Reid and the Sex Pistols, Jade Jagger and Sienna Miller. With this spotlight, she was approached by TopShop and launched her concession in their Oxford Circus Store in Summer 2006. This has enabled the brand to develop a strong following through TopShop, the Laden Showrooms for Independent Designers in London, online through ASOS as well as a number of Boutiques worldwide.

The brand now holds a strong following of stockists in the UK, Paris, Berlin, Spain, Greece, USA, Hong Kong and Moscow. Another facet has recently been carved with the opening of her flagship store in Bali, Indonesia – in the heart of Seminyak, the designer hub of Indonesia.

The store epitomizes the spirit of Miss Milne, with its polished finishes and open airy space. The clothing is displayed on completely movable fixtures amongst Zebra skins, reptile bones and antique cameras, it is an interchangeable gallery filled with every girls desires.

Miss Milne is about freedom, the clothing is a celebration that we are continually changing, for women who are constantly evolving, for a woman who has the power to hold a stare and the grace to know when to flash a smile, for women who when they get a change they take it, it is about a love of the tiny details in life.

www.missmilne.co.uk
Miss Milne on Facebook

Emma Longden – Sitting Pretty

Emma Longden – Sitting Pretty

Paradise...can be found anywhere

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Emma Longden – Sitting Pretty

The Sitting Pretty label was born in 2009 by Emma Longden. Her inspiration came whist traveling and being exposed to various styles around the globe. The brand is largely inspired by vintage. The style is classic and simple with an edgy twist. The aim is to keep the garments as versatile as possible, to be dressed up or down. Constantly striving to keep the label fresh and quality is the most important.

Natural fabrics are used as much as possible – cottons, linens and rayon. Fabrics are sourced locally and made used three local CMT’s in Cape Town.

The flagship store was opened just off Long Street in December 2009, and since moved to a beautiful space at 111 Long Street. The store is stocked with various other South African designers as well as the Sitting Pretty brand. Maria is the super-talented sample hand who works from the store and provides the service of alterations for customers.

Sitting Pretty is now stocked in various stores countrywide including:
The Space – Rosebank JHB
Silverspoon – PE
Lily – Stellenbosch
Clothes Cabinet – Stellenbosch
Mememe – Parkhurst JHB
Tzsipporah – Plettenburg Bay

Sitting Pretty can also be found on:
Nelou.com
Thecools.com
36boutiques.com
P&hboutique.com

The brand is often featured in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Marie Claire.

Sitting Pretty aims to make all women feel like they are ‘sitting pretty’ no matter what shape or size. The brand is growing organically…the sky is the limit!

www.sittingpretty.co.za
Sitting Pretty on Facebook
Sitting Pretty on Twitter

Danna Wilson

Danna Wilson

Paradise...Muizenberg on a wind free day

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Danna Wilson

Danna has a standard ‘bread and butter’ range of silver cutouts and enjoys working on commissions for individuals – designing and creating with them. Working mostly in silver, but incorporating other materials like wood and stones, Danna is inspired by nature and particularly the tiny detail and perfection of flowers captured by macrophotography.

Danna says of her work -
I would not say I have developed a particular style over the years, and really just make things that I feel inspired by. I enjoy making items with fine details and there is often a delicacy to my work. Working on commissions brings me great joy in being able to turn someone’s idea into a tangible piece of jewelry for them.

Kirsten Sims

Kirsten Sims

Paradise…growing up in Mossel Bay

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Kirsten Sims

Kirsten Sims was born in Mossel Bay, South Africa in 1987. After a few years of traveling, she attended the Stellenbosch Academy where she obtained a BA degree in Applied Design in 2011.

Her pictures aim to tell stories and express things she can’t always say in words. She enjoys working with mixed media, although at the moment gouache is her favorite.

Kirsten is currently living and working in Stellenbosch where she continues to experiment with people, paper and paint. She dreams of being a published picture book author and illustrator.

Karen & Joy – Joy’s Collectables

Karen & Joy – Joy’s Collectables

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Karen & Joy – Joy’s Collectables

Joy’s Collectables is an eclectic mix of antiques, collectibles and vintage memorabilia in the order of decor, jewellery, bags, ephemera, paintings and bric-a-brac.  Tucked away is Aeroplane Jane vintage clothing range which is sourced and supplied by Joy’s daughter Karen.  As with Joy’s Collectables a view of “anything goes” runs through this collection of clothing, scarves, bags and shoes from the 80′s and back.  Aeroplane Jane is for the individual who loves fashion but expresses herself uniquely and does not follow the rest of the pack.  Joy’s Collectables house the quirky tastes of Joy, Karen and brother Michael so there is definitely something here for everyone.

Joy’s Collectables is located in the Long Street Antique Arcade in Cape Town