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Glass Mink Necklaces
Organically shaped, recycled, milky-white beads are strung on adjustable cords with gold cylinder "slinks" in Cape Town-based PICHULIK's Glass Mink Necklaces—a simple but strong look.
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Kushn Unisex Brogues
Classic unisex brogues get a punchy update from Kente cloth ethically sourced by weavers in Kumasi, Ghana. The colorful geometric patterns perfectly juxtapose full-grain leather crafted by South African artisans.
FOOD-DRINK
CH Edition: Backsberg Estate Cellars Safari Collection
For our second CH Edition Zambia photo safari this summer, we wanted our guests to have as local an experience as possible. We asked our friend Simon Back, who heads up marketing at his family’s South African winery, to join our group and share some...
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CH Editions: Backsberg Estate Cellars Safari Collection
We’ve brought together a selection of our six favorite South African wines from Cool Hunting's recent safari in Zambia, which were provided by the talented winemakers at Backsberg Estate Cellars. From a classic pinotage to a fruity chenin blanc, these...
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Asante Phenix: Nameless
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
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Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Tkay Maidza: U-Huh
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Future Punx: Spike Train
In their single "Spike Train," five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show...
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Beatenberg: Rafael
Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ's South African Showcase, the outfit's lead single "Rafael" embodies the band's unique blend of Cape jazz and...
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This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed...
CULTURE
Guns & Rain Brings African Art to the World
Creativity exists throughout the world. Global centers like Paris, London and New York have long served as geographic and cultural gatekeepers for the fine art world, but the internet is gaining momentum on democratizing the international scope of...
CULTURE
Desmond & The Tutus: Enjoy Yourself
Home to rich diversity, a troubled yet storied past and the arguable center of African art and design, South Africa is a hotbed for creativity—from experimental electronic production duos to thriving design conferences with a global reach. Though...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video: 21 Icons
Returning to Africa for the second Cool Hunting Safari in Zambia, we made a stop in Johannesburg to scope out the up-and-coming design scene. A few of our guests have strong ties to the city, one being wildlife and portrait photographer Adrian Steirn...
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From ZA to NY, Brooklyn Biltong
Dried meats are a staple in many diets around the world. From smoked jerky, the trusty American gas station fare, to South America's dried llama and alpaca snack Ch'arki, what was historically born out of a lack of refrigeration for meats is now...
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Rogz Grinz
South African designer Porky Hefer pleases dogs and adults alike with Rogz Grinz, a hilarious throw toy that turns your pup's mouth into an ear-to-ear grin.
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Word of Mouth: Durban
by Laura Feinstein 2014 is shaping up to be the year of South African design. From Cape Town’s title as world design capital to a series of high profile public arts projects, the formerly embattled country has flourished under a recent wave of creativity...
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Beer Bread Kits
Have fresh-baked bread in no time with Barretts Ridge beer-bread kits, evolved from the Cape Town-based brand's secret family recipe. The quick and easy kits come in a variety of flavors like Italian Cheese, Chili and Garlic, Olive and Rosemary and...
DESIGN
Run Rabbit Run
Cape Town-based creative studio Run Rabbit Run take their illustration and print-making skills from the digital world right into afternoon tea with their printed dish towels and napkins. Chiefly an illustration company, Run Rabbit Run's Kirsten Beets...
CULTURE
Jodi Bieber: Quiet
Despite South Africa's growing reputation as a hub for arts, culture and design (with events like Design Indaba showcasing local talent), a dark cloud of violence looms over the country, which many argue is intensified by shifting gender norms. Acclaimed...
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LithaFlora Tea
Selling out their stock of herbal teas and cleansing bars shortly after launching a few weeks back at Design Indaba 2014, Cape Town-based LithaFlora is a new company using medicinal African herbs, sustainably sourced from four small farm holders...
DESIGN
Design Indaba 2014: The Expo
Each year that we attend Cape Town's brilliant Design Indaba conference, the subsequent Expo seems to infinitely grow and improve—a testament to the design world's increasing fascination with the opportunities abounding in the vibrant continent. Now...
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Walter Battiss Ceramics
Greatly inspired by archaeology and rock art, the late South African artist Walter Battiss beautifully fused indigenous stone markings with abstract painterly concepts to become one of the country's premier painters. Battiss was dubbed "the Bushman...
CULTURE
Design Indaba 2014: The Conference
Many wondrously pioneering things happen daily in South Africa, yet surprisingly much of the world still seems slightly unaware of the nation's enduring commitment to progressive reform. The country is often still regarded by much of the modern world...
DESIGN
Mungo Retail
In what Mungo Retail refers to as their Working Weaving Museum—housed in the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, the historical homestead of Old Nick Village—the brand has been designing, weaving and crafting a wide range of homewares...
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