Theme: Simply Beautiful

From delightful design, to great products and attentive service, these 10 independent retailers bring a fresh take to consumer commerce.

1. Africology - @africology_sa

A true South African success story, eco-conscious beauty brand Africology recently opened its newest store, in the V&A Waterfront. Designed like a sophisticated apothecary, the striking black, white and copper aesthetic is complemented by the olfactory delights of the brand’s products, making a visit to this store a real feast for the senses.

2. Africa Nova - @africa_nova

With stores in both the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed, and at Delaire Graff, Africa Nova offers an unerring eye of exquisitely curated African design and craft. Celebrating both the contemporary and the traditional in African design, customers can be assured that they are getting the best this continent has to offer in artefacts, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, basketry and more.

3. SUP - @supcapetown

SUP Cape Town offers newbies and experienced stand up paddlers alike, the chance to experience the sport, right on the canals of the V&A Waterfront. With a passion for “getting people on the water with the best equipment”, SUP provides both classes and equipment rental, as well as new kit, and the owners live for “seeing people enjoy walking on water".

4. Now You See Me - @nysm_norwood

Now You See Me, in Norwood, Johannesburg, is an optometry and luxury eyewear store that treats spectacles like art. As well as decades of experience and the latest technology in optometry, the store is gallery-like in eye-resting shades of apricots and pinks with a curated selection of eyewear from around the world.

5. Mr Cobbs

Delightfully nostalgic, Mr Cobbs at the V&A Waterfront, offers a traditional hot-towel shave, haircut and other specialised grooming treatments and products for men. The experience is complemented by antique barber chairs and Victorian trimmings, allowing visitors to step back in time while enjoying a moment of luxurious me-time.

6. The Commune - @thecommunejhb

A community-centered, collectively run bookshop in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, The Commune stocks a curated selection of books that reflect the team’s commitment to political and social matters. The intention is for the not-for-profit organisation to become both a resource and a meeting space for people who share the same values.

7 . Apsley - @apsley_house

Apsley House at the V&A Waterfront is a sophisticated and elegant store, purveying a considered selection of luxury design by Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Christian Louboutin, Byredo and Ralph Lauren Home. The beautifully crafted experience is rendered even more exceptional by a restful sea view.

8. Wine Kollective

Based in Riebeek Kasteel, this unique wine store is dedicated to local niche and unknown wines, rarely found outside of the region. With wine tastings on weekends, the occasional pop-up kitchen and the passionate owners always available to share a tale or two, this is a must-visit for anyone curious about avant-garde wines and the stories behind them.

9. Olive Branch Deli - @olivebranchdeli

Designed like an old-school community grocer, this Kloof Street food emporium in Cape Town is packed with local and imported food delights. With old-fashioned lighting and antique cabinets, the family-run store is a haven for all foodies.

10. Chandler House - @ChandlerHouseCT

Chandler House is a charming gallery and store located in an 18th Century Cape Georgian house in Cape Town's CBD. Created to feed owner Michael Chandler’s love for making, designing, curating and exhibiting, the store’s shelves are packed with artefacts honed from his

obsession of bringing historical whimsy to life in contemporary products. His monthly exhibitions, usually by fellow artist friends, are a true celebration of the genteel side of Cape Town.

100 Beautiful Things is presented by the V&A Waterfront in celebration of South Africa’s creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience. Every week we will be showcasing five amazingly beautiful creative things that make us proud. It is curated in partnership with Platform Creative.