When I heard about the Cape Kids Collab Exhibit sometime last year, I was curious as to what the vibe would be like. The venue: Avenue Venue – 40 Dock Road at the Waterfront in Cape Town. The only frame of reference I had was exhibits like the massive Mamamagic, usually held at convention centres, and then on the other hand the smaller local markets around Cape Town that have a more relaxed, informal feel to them.
Honestly, I completely forgot about the expo, but luckily we weren’t going away this weekend and I was reminded by the lovely Anneke from Annapatat Kids about the upcoming expo (we are doing a collaboration for Ouma se Liefiekind soon! Watch this space!) and I thought it would be so nice to explore the showcase of talent and creativity that the baby and kids industry in Cape Town has to offer. I’m always hunting for new local businesses to follow on Instagram and I thought I’ve found them all (it was great to see some old favs!), but somehow there are always more brands and it’s a joy to discover and support these gems!
So if you’re like me, and you’d rather support a #momtrepreneur and her craft that buy an overpriced item made in a foreign country, check out this list below and be sure to follow all the linked Instagram accounts! The expo is still on tomorrow (Sunday 1 April 2018) so you can still go have a look yourself! Entrance is R30 for adults and free for children. You can buy tickets online at quicket.co.za or at the door.
This stall had me in awe. Loved their outfits for boys!
Beautiful and super comfy maternity wear (and beyond).
The most beautiful handmade modern quilts I’ve ever seen! Very high on our wishlist. They make these in simple plain fabrics, there are various pre-made designs to choose from, or you can order a custom quilt for something extra special.
Beautiful pregnancy and nursing friendly clothing that can even be worn after baby.
When Juwan was a baby I used to love carrying him in a wrap and I highly recommend you to get one if you have a baby who loves being held all day. It was refreshing to see something different at the expo – apparently they actually weave their own fabric! I touched it and it feels really nice. Strong, yet very stretchy. And I love the little leather logo! I don’t own this wrap, but it seems like a really good option.
I love these bibs! No more mess for moms starting babies on solids. I also asked and they said they are bringing out art aprons soon as well!
Beautiful decor and furniture for littles’ bedrooms.
What can I say, I’m a fan! Can’t wait to work on the Annapatat Kids and Ouma se Liefiekind collaboration! 🙂
This brand has the coolest astronaut, rocket ship and dinosaur throw pillows for boys!
Their “Grow with me” rompers are really cool – 3 sizes in one – check it out here.
Just loved the aqua blue items in their range.
These handmade wooden growth chart rulers are amazing! I’m placing dibs on that space themed one 🙂
Quirky and humorous designs for the littles.
I was impressed by how small these “sleeper pouches” fold up. Honestly it folds even smaller than the pram we had for Juwan when he was a baby! I can see myself using this as a bassinet for a baby and taking it everywhere. Look in the picture below to see one folded up.
Juwan was so fascinated by the educational toys from this stand, even though he is much too young for it. You should definitely check out their programs if you have school starters who are interested in all things mechanical and robotic.
It was so nice to meet the lady behind the pictures we all love so much on our Instagram feeds! Stop by her stand to enter a competition where you can win a photo session of your choice. Trust me, you want to – her pictures are amazing.
Hand painted and printed illustrations. Personally I love the black and white ones, but Juwan made it clear that he likes his art full color!
Handmade leather shoes for toddlers and kids.
The cutest illustrated t-shirts for girls – the unicorn theme brought back memories of my My Little Pony obsession when I was a little girl!