Anton Heunis
Designer focus

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
“Jewellery is something personal, something intimate, and should be made with love.”
These words – inscribed on the underside of a jewellery box cover – evoked so much more when read in person. The box, made out of a platinum-hued crosshatch-embossed card, felt pleasant to the touch. This, our dear kindred spirits, is a product of Anton Heunis. And the words, a product of his creative mind.
Anton Heunis’ story started when he was just aged 13 when he sold his first jewellery collection to a Johannesburg gallery. The starting point, his grandmother’s dressing table where shimmering jewellery and enamelled ornaments once beautified its vintage structure.  The Anton Heunis trademark was borne then and there. He calls it Modern Vintage.

“First and foremost, I’m a jeweller, and I love hands-on designing.”
Anton Heunis favours a hands-on design approach where he makes every sample piece in his collections himself first. Once each Anton Heunis design is finalised, the original sample is then displayed in the same studio where production goes underway.
Make no mistake that each Anton Heunis jewellery piece is extremely well made and meticulously handcrafted with precise techniques in Heunis’ Madrid studio. This is another one of Heunis’ hallmarks.

So certain of his “Handmade in Madrid” statement that Heunis even invites you to take a closer look at the back and profile of each piece where you can admire the beautiful soldering job and the delicate facets of each crystal.

“I’ve always been fascinated by colour and all things shiny.”
A master of colour and shape, Anton Heunis’ eye for the bold and whimsical is profound. The quality and the variety of shapes, proportion, and colour found in his collections are even more astounding. Heunis certainly does not shy away.
22-Karat gold, silver, rare vintage glass, Swarovski crystals, and semi-precious stones are his materials of choice. With these, the jewellery couturier lays to form the opulence of yesteryears that melds so well alongside the modern intricacies of today.

A sculptural piece during the day. A timeless sophistication in the evening. Wear an Anton Heunis with a casual t-shirt and jeans combo as well as with evening wear. An Anton Heunis design is as seasonless as jewellery collections go.

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Cool Factor
A dash of fun

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fashion has always been fun. We have fun and cool designers like Aquazzura, Les Petits Joueurs and Chiara Ferragni who always err on the side of outlandish fashion. Their shows are a dazzling spectacle, just like an odd distinction sticking out amongst the catalogue of shows each season. There is a cool factor, a dash of fun, which is sometimes lacking as brands inevitably push the commercial viability envelope a little too hard. They are the light to some on the fashion week roster, just like a headliner at a music festival.

John Galliano’s theatrical runway shows come to mind. And who can forget the Alexander McQueen shows of yesteryear. Perhaps, the greatest of them all today, is none other than Chanel. We have seen a giant iceberg, a supermarket, and more recently, a brasserie – a French restaurant of sorts – on the ever-changing sets of a Chanel runway show. These grandiose and extravagant showcases in turn, gave rise to whimsical creations, dubbed cult runway bags, like the Lait de Coco minaudière shaped in a milk carton and the Lego clutch. There is fun and extravagance in fashion and Chanel knows this.

On another level, Les Petits Joueurs has done reasonably well. But for them, the show is on the streets. Their trump card? A range of fun and exciting bags that are adorned with actual pieces of Lego blocks. Such is their popularity that their bags have already gained a street style cool status since 2010, which is by no means a small feat. And on the streets where street style stars are mega influencers, fun and exciting fashion is exactly what captures a photographer’s attention.

As these trickle down to the consumer, what they are presented is a variety of cool fashion choices to get inspired by. Mini bags, normcore staples, and fancy accessories among others, there is truly never a lack of whimsy fashion ideas. What is seen today gets replicated like a ripple effect that spreads through the globe, reinterpreted by one and all in a variety of different styles. Just take a look at what you’re wearing today and you get the point. The question is: are you cool enough?

What is most interesting is that a runway trend is sometimes not a street style trend but from runway shows to street style gurus, the cool factor in fashion is here to stay. Either way, one thing is for sure and that is a cool and fun fashion statement will always impress.

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Mansur Gavriel
Growing beautifully with time

Friday, October 2, 2015
Launched just in 2013, co-founders Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have since taken the world by storm with bags flying off the shelves. Designed in New York and made in Italy, a Mansur Gavriel bag is made from the finest Tuscan leather, featuring clean lines and contrasting interiors.
Allow a MansurGavriel to evolve naturally through daily use over time. Stripped down and raw, the Italian vegetable tanned leather in Cammello is designed to grow beautifully with you. So get your hands on one and carry it for a lifetime. 

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