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Space Travels: Cape Town with Gabrielle Kannemeyer

Inspiring women share their favorite spots in the cities they call home.

Gabrielle Kannemeyer is a stylist, photographer and creative director. Here, she shares her favorite places in her home town Cape Town. Follow Gabrielle here.

MilQ and Honey

Founded by Kelly Davids, partnered with Chad Sonday, Milq and Honey is Cape Town’s one stop health shop. Set on the bustling long street it resonates goodness and health. Definitely stop by for smoothies and good vibes.

227 Long Street
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa
@MilQ and Honey

Maison Mara

One of my favourite shopping experiences in Cape Town. Owner and founder, Kelly Withey and her knowledgeable staff always takes me on a wonderful journey every time I’m in the store.
You can expect to shop labels like JW Anderson, Kenzo, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler and Malin + Goetz.

5 Jarvis Street, De Waterkant
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa
@maisonmaracapetown

Studio One Fitness Studio and Gallery Space

A secret training space tucked away in the heart of Cape Town, only those who know, go. Steering away from all of the strange lights and smoke machines many of Cape Town’s fitness instructors have incorporated into their aesthetic, fitness instructor Clint Sylvester prefers a more minimalist approach. Sylvester cares about more than mass building and weight loss. His approach encompasses overall wellness and sessions often include meditation. If you’re looking for a trainer who cares about your health and wellness and a space to call your own, sign up now before the herd catches on.

30 Dorp Street/136 Bree Street
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa
@eliteclintfit

AKJP Collective

Before there were many, there was one. I used to source from this store when I was just starting out in my career many years ago. Owner, designer and founder Keith Henning has given many an artist a space to exhibit and sell their beautiful wares. His sharp eye continues to curate emerging talent alongside established artists effortlessly. His shop on 73 Kloof is a must see.

73 Kloof Street
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa
@_akjp

Sans Community

Sans is a neighbourhood grocer and home store connecting local communities with farmers, makers and producers grounded in holistic practices. They want to encourage mindful personal habits.

277 Main Road, Seapoint
Cape Town, 8005
South Africa

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Louise Ford is a fashion stylist based in London. Find her here.

1

I studied Shakespeare at university and fell in love with the costume rather than the language (which was meant to be my focus). Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet was so sumptuous you wanted to reach into the screen and touch the Elizabethan velvets and Jacobean brocades. I have since through fashion styling, been drawn to contemporary aesthetics that draw on 16th century design, colour palettes and of course, romance.

Olivia Hussey in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliette, 1968. Found here.

2

My Grandmother was my hero. She was a kind soul and had impeccable taste! Usually found in hand-painted silk dresses and walking boots exploring as many new cultures as she could fit into one lifetime. She lived all over the world and accumulated a delicious melting pot of recipes, leaving behind a treasured cookbook. I’m rarely not cooking one of her dishes. In this photo, my grandparents are driving from the Middle East to Norfolk on their wedding day.

Personal photo. 

3

I felt very akin to Frida Kahlo growing up. My mother possessed a similar zest for colour, painting, appearance, and strength of character. I spent a long time in hospital at 21 years old, like Frida, and felt frustrated by my (temporary) disability. Art was my only outlet which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I refined my cultural references, read about fashion history and leaders in taste-making. I started to build a library of dog-eared photography books which I rely on today when building moodboards for shoots.

Frida Kahlo’s prosthetic leg. Found here.

summer wear

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Columbine Smille

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2

Ilona Hamer

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3

Lisa Corneliusson

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4

Nike

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5

Aziza

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Say Lou Lou

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Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Lena Pogrebnaya is an architect and photographer based in Odessa, Ukraine. Find her here.

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I am in love with the photographs of Aleksandr Rodchenko. As a representative of New Vision movement in photography he turned simple fixation of the moment into art. Almost hundred years ago he saw the world in the same way as me. There is something magical in this.

Alexandr Rodchenko, found here.

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This is one of favorite paintings of Alekandr Deyneka. I love sport motives which are widely represented by constructivist art. The aesthetics of movements are unusually geometrical but at the same time natural. Incredible composition, color compilation, a man and a woman freezed in interesting poses, that small horse toy, all these proves how a genius artist he was.

Morning exercises, Alekandr Deyneka, 1932, found here.

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As you noticed before I am not indifferent to modernism. I admire simple forms and virtues play with colors and textures which Reguliani uses in this project. Of course architecture inspires me the most because it is my main profession, it inspired me to shoot photography long time ago and to never stop doing this.

Entryway in Milan, Pierluigi Reguliani, 1960, found here.

BIG MOOD

Saw this image of Bianca Jagger posted this morning by one of my favorite accounts @momoochoo and feel like it sums up my summer style/mood/goals. Skin, structure, a great black pant and a piece of jewelry thats yours and only yours. Perfect.

ITS UNCONDITIONAL

ISSUE 7 is finally here! The labor of love for the last 6 months by Alex and I, with all our favorite girls Liya, Lauren, Julia, Jessica, Missy, Tasha, Carmen, Kim, Elyse, Laksmi and Gemma. Our Originals and the ultimate Unconditional girls.