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Shopping Local

Lauren Berry, owner of Mooi Boutique in Durban speaks to us about shopping local this festive season. Shopping for gifts from local producers is definitely on trend. What do you think influenced this shift? I think the one positive thing the recession has done for us is it has forced us to think out the box and think more creatively. For some it meant subsidising their income and for others it has meant job creation. This keeps the money within the local economy. Which locally produced items do you think make the perfect gifts this festive season? One of the items I would suggest as an ideal gift is the Tigerlily reversible apron wrap that I design and create. It’s made from recycled sari fabric and each one has its own unique print. The reversable element also makes it versatile and interesting. A brooch from The Deco Collection is always a superb gift. They also have a new range of pendants, including antique and vintage lace paired with a matching brooch. Beleave T-shirts are locally designed and printed in Durban. The quality is superb and the designs are quirky with a local touch. What are your tips for selecting the perfect local gifts this holiday season? I suggest shoppers always look for quality. When you are buying a top quality handmade gift, you are buying something created with love and care. Where should we go to find local designs in KZN this festive season? One of the places you can buy your local gifts from this season is of course Mooi at 106 Bulwer Road. I offer a platform for local designers and artists to share their products within our store. I heart Market is also a great place to meet and chat to the designers. When shopping for kids, take a look at the newly launched Play Market near Giba Gorge. For more information about Mooi Boutique, visit Interviewed by Nadia van der Mescht