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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. AbigailEmbed 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!'

sarie003 resize Velvet pillow slip with hand embroidery and linen back by Isobel Sippel, R1 310 (with inner)   sarie004 resize Animal Geometric cotton and linen square cushion cover exclusive to The Trading Company, R960 (with inner) sarie007 resize 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.'

sarie028 resize Felt charcoal wide-brim fedora with leather band, R450 sarie030 resize Camel felt fedora with wide ribbon, R500 sarie032 resize Brown felt fedora, R400

 carry bags

'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.'

sarie038 resize Big carry bag with waterproof lining, R1 500

 woven baskets

'The handwoven basket is another one of my favourites. I have an appreciation for handmade, local products and this basket is just that.'

sarie039 resize Handwoven basket with puka shell handles, R700

Peek inside Abigail Bisogno's Fairview farmhouse and Spice Route estate in our July 2016 issue.

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