H*O*T FashionArt Pops Up In Cape Town
Cape Town is known for many things like incredible natural beauty, delicious and varied cuisines, and more recently as Africa's modern art hub.
Modern Art in Cape Town
You haven't heard from me in a while and that's because at H*O*T I've been very busy! We were away for almost a month in sunny South Africa. We've also been gearing up to make a few changes to the H*O*T business and website - more about that soon!. First, a little about our remarkable trip.
We were invited by dear friends we've known since we all lived in Paris in the late 80s. A decade later they adopted Cape Town as their home and that special city has become a favorite of ours, too.
And what a time to be there! Not only was the city dealing with the worst drought in decades, South Africa was busy replacing a corrupt President with an impressive, smart, and caring one. Why can't we manage that?
All in all, it was a historic time to visit.
Cape Town is known for many things - incredible natural beauty, delicious and varied cuisines, and more recently as Africa's modern art hub. The new Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or MOCAA opened last fall and is extraordinary. Luckily, our trip coincided with First Thursdays which happens every month when the city's galleries, designer boutiques, and art shops keep their doors open late for visitors to create their own art-focused evening.
Restaurants and bars get in on the act too by staying open later and hosting special musical performances. And it didn't end with that First Thursday either. There were art-focused events almost daily during our stay.
Patrick-Earl Barnes Pop-Up
The timing was right to introduce this arty city to the charming and colorful works of our H*O*T friend and collaborator, Patrick-Earl Barnes. We brought pieces from his Art is How You Think, Fashion Folk, Artsy Friends, and Deep Wall collections.
And thanks to the generosity of our hosts, we held a Patrick-Earl for H*O*T Pop-Up. We enjoyed sharing the talent of Patrick-Earl and his New York street art story. His work was a hit and now resides in some stylish Capetonian homes!
Discovering New Gems in South Africa
We did entirely too much to recap here, but you won't be surprised to hear that I managed to fit in some very interesting style research. I had a gorgeous suit made from traditional wax fabric! And, I met up with a very talented jewelry designer who I follow on Instagram. Colleen lives in the charming seaside village of Fish Hoek. We spent a wonderful afternoon looking through her exquisite African beads and fabrics and learning about her life there. Maybe one day I'll even carry some of her pieces on H*O*T! Stay tuned.
Below are more fun photos from our adventure and remember you can buy your own original collage by Patrick-Earl or a t-shirt, sweatshirt, pillow, mug, or iPhone cover featuring his designs on HOUSE OF TERRANCE right here.
We can't wait to see the new designs Patrick-Earl is working on featuring Shweshwe, the ultra-cool traditional fabric of Africa.