A visit to Spice Route is not complete without popping into The Trading Company – a lifestyle store that stocks a treasure trove of goods, with a focus on handcrafted local pieces that fit right into a contemporary home. The store itself, designed by Camilla Fraser, is a visual feast, a celebration of colour, pattern and texture, packed to the rafters with crockery, cushions, baskets and bags.
Founder, visual merchandiser and creative director for The Trading Company Abigail Bisogno (take a look at Abigail’s home in House and Leisure’s July 2016 issue) has a great love for South African design. She sources limited edition pieces from artists and artisans within the country, and mixes this offering up with carefully selected pieces from Turkey and India. Having started out with a career in fashion, the former Foschini MD is a lover of clothing, so inside The Trading Company you’ll find a beautiful array of fashion and accessories too.
We asked Abigail to show us some of her favourite items from the store.
‘Cushions are the quickest and easiest way to spruce up any space. These three are my absolute best!’
Velvet pillow slip with hand embroidery and linen back by Isobel Sippel, R1 310 (with inner)
Animal Geometric cotton and linen square cushion cover exclusive to The Trading Company, R960 (with inner)
Tile printed cotton square cushion exclusive to Trading Company, R1 100 (with inner)
‘Felt hats are uber stylish! They are unisex and can be worn by both men and women.’
Felt charcoal wide-brim fedora with leather band, R450
Camel felt fedora with wide ribbon, R500
Brown felt fedora, R400
‘I adore the carry bag! It is convenient and multi-functional. It can be used as a shopping bag, a beach bag or even a carrier bag for baby products.’
Big carry bag with waterproof lining, R1 500
‘The handwoven basket is another one of my favourites. I have an appreciation for handmade, local products and this basket is just that.’
Handwoven basket with puka shell handles, R700
Peek inside Abigail Bisogno’s Fairview farmhouse and Spice Route estate in our July 2016 issue.