SOUTH AFRICA

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DECADENCE BOUTIQUE
Biscuit Mill
Tel: 27 82 859 1250
decadencecouture.co.za

You don't have to be intoxicated to pick up on the connection between lampshades and hats, and no one puts the two together more fabulously than Wilja Reitz. Her boutique specializes in the design and manufacture of couture lighting and chandeliers. Styles vary from rococo baroque to African contemporary to postmodern. Her work graces the homes of international celebrities and is featured at top hotels, guesthouses and clubs across South Africa. But she also whips up showstopping hats that are sure to turn heads. Her store is in Biscuit Mill, a mecca for design talent, where customers can interact with manufacturers, a rarity these days.

ELBETH GILLIS
Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: 27 21 462 2220
elbethgillis.co.za

Brides-to-be in search of a couture wedding dress flock to Elbert Gillis, who has been in the business since 1995. Half of her clients live outside South Africa and come either for a destination wedding or because of family connections. She's made several gowns by "remote," taking measurements, sharing photos and keeping brides-to-be updated via e-mail. She creates simple and classical designs that complement a bride's style, vision and body type. Patterns are individually drafted from scratch, and a mock-up is made to ensure a perfect fit. The designer has access to the best silks, organzas and other typical wedding fabrics and imports her own lace from France. Some ready-to-wear gowns are available that can be customized to suite a bride's requirements.

FABIANI
Shop No. 272
Victoria Wharf
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
Tel: 27 21 425 1810
www.fabiani.co.za

Men who have come to Cape Town not realizing how sophisticated this place really is can rectify the problem at this one-stop shop on the Victoria Wharf. Fabiani sells everything from exquisitely cut suits in imported fabrics to shirts in a kaleidoscope of colors. The first store opened in Cape Town in 1978, and now there are several outposts throughout South Africa, all of them carrying the Fabiani label and a carefully selected mix of international brands, including Armani Collezioni, Etro and Prada. Complimentary Chivas Regal is poured for shoppers in this genteel operation known for smooth and efficient service.

LULU TANTAN
Shop 7218
Platinum Mile
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
Tel: 27 21 418 8535
www.lulutantan.co.za

Cutting-edge designer clothing, accessories and gifts can be found at the new Lulu TanTan Temple of Luxury. Owner-designer Inge Peacock modeled her Cape Town boutique, which opened in late 2007, after her location in nearby Cavendish, employing the same opulent Asian-salon-style interior design. The V&A location has gold walls and a red ceiling, and the huge mirrors are dramatically framed. Creations by established international talents such as the Indian designer Malini Ramani, Melinda Loi of Malaysia and Kristensen Du Nord of Denmark are available at the shop, which also carry the 2 Blonde Lizards line from the United States and exclusively stocks the well-known French line Dunia. As befits a Platinum Mile store doing business near Max Mara, Gucci, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, Lulu TanTan serves champagne to its customers, along with exceedingly refined service.

 

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