House and Leisure caught up with Richard Davies, Managing Director of Vendange – home to the wildly successful Trudeau bread and cheese boards. As they recently opened their fourth store in Jozi’s Design Quarter, we decided to get a closer look and find out the secrets to the brand’s success. What is the concept at the core of the Vendange brand? The theme of our stores is centred around food, wine and olive oil accessories, with a big emphasis on accessories. A large focus of our range is the Boutique Vineyards Trudeau cheese and baguette boards that we manufacture ourselves in our Cape Town factory. How was the idea born? We started out wholesaling the cheese boards via our Benguela Trading business in 2008. As a result of their popularity both here and overseas, we decided to venture into retail. The first of four stores opened in July 2011. We will be opening another six stores by the end of 2013. Do you use any sustainable practices? Yes, most of our cheese boards are made from recycled wine barrels. The barrels originate from France, but can only be used for about three years in the production of wine before they cease to add value to the ageing process. We buy them from various local wineries and recycle them into our cheese board range. What can we expect from your new, flagship store? We are giving more focus to our larger products due to the fact that the shop is 95 square meters. The mezzanine level has its own basket ware section which is a first and has proven to be very popular with our customers. It also has a large ceramic offering from Wonki Ware. Downstairs we showcase our Trudeau bistro sets . The new Vendange store is located at Design Quarter, Cnr of William Nicol & Leslie Rd, Fourways. Call them on 076-189-8321 or visit their website to find a store near you.