Some call it their life, carrying all that they hold dear; from their identity to their money, perfume to make-up. A woman’s handbag should be as unique has their contents. And I will admit that there is no better way to brighten an outfit than with a colourful handbag. Missibaba combines both unique and colourful designs into a functional sized handbag while being ethical and Proudly South African.
Having teamed up with the likes of Kirsten Goss, Stiaan Louw and most recently Mevrou, Missibaba has become a South African household name in just 7 years. Having studied at London College of Fashion Chloe Townsend established Missibaba in 2005 and now has a store on Bree Street is Cape Town around city centre.
Most of their leather is sourced locally in Cape Town (A grade leather from South Africa and Namibia) as well as printing their own fabrics for handbag linings. Special bits and pieces are sourced in Argentina, India and England. hand painting on leather, hand- cut cutwork and hand drawn stitching details and patterns. Missibaba continuously experiment with texture and colour with an array of trendy styles from geometric tribal triangles, cowboy fringing, feminine floral cutouts and graphic applique scales. Chloe Townsend and her team creates a wondrous selection of hand crafted leather handbags, clutch bags, wallets, belts, jewellery, shoes and one-off pieces.
“The Kayamandi team is based at the Ikhaya Trust Centre in kayamandi township just outside Stellenbosch … The Kayamandi team was started through a skills development and job creation project. They are responsible for the beautiful embroidery used in Missibaba bespoke pieces and the Sweetie & Caterpillar necklaces made from leather off-cuts (ensuring no waste).”
Stockists in Cape Town Stores:
Madison in Constantia Village, Mungo & Jemima on Long street and Cavendish Street, Meanwhile on Long street, Coco Li in Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village and Mr&Mrs on Kloof street
Photo credits and quotes from missibaba.com