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Skinny laMinx Studio Tour in Cape Town, South Africa

I’ve known and featured Heather Moore from African interiors brand Skinny laMinx for years now and have enjoyed watching her grow her business into a now successful and known brand in South Africa and beyond. With a brand new Skinny laMinx store and studio in Cape Town that just opened last month, Heather takes her business seriously and loves her creative company.

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

A self-taught designer with a background in education and illustration, she sells screen-printed fabrics and homegoods that are available in her Etsy shop and at Heath Ceramics in California along with many other locations worldwide.

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

When I asked Heather about her new store and why she opened it she revealed, “For some time, I’d been looking looking for a special space that could house both shop and studio, where I could meet my customers, give them a peek into what goes on behind the scenes at Skinny laMinx, and also use the shop as a lab for testing new products and designer collaborations.I spotted a freshly placed To Let sign on my way to my favourite morning coffee spot on Cape Town’s Bree Street one morning, and within just over a month, with the help of my friend and architect, Jo Anderson, we managed to transform a greasy scooter garage into a chic and clean-lined store filled with eye-candy for fabric lovers.”

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

In the photo above you can see a series of solid brass pegs and steel shelves entitled “The Skinny” by Cape Town design duo Pedersen + Lennard .This installation is a showcase of a brand new product developed especially for her shop.

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

<Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

Skinny LaMinx Studio Tour

In her shop she carries the complete line of Skinny laMinx tea towels, cushions, table runners, tablecloths, table napkins and stationery as well as retail fabric sales from the studio. You can also order custom 50s-style sofas in Skinny laMinx fabrics along with vintage Danish furniture and accessories.

Beautiful new space Heather, congratulations!

(images: heather moore)

Posted by decor8 in Shop Tours on January 31, 2012

Your comments...

  1. Sandra commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 1:58pm

    What a lovely shop! And beautiful fabrics. I was lucky enough to live in Cape Town for two years. It was incredible – inspiring, challenging, and gorgeous. If you have the chance you must go!

    Very entrepreneurial too. And creative.

    They say that once you breathe in the dust of Africa, it never leaves you. Too true!
    Sandra´s last blog post ..Reading Nook – Before and After

  2. Dee commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:10pm

    I love Heathers work and have also watched her business grow over the last few years. I’m sure her new shop will bloom, I only wish it was close enough to visit.
    Dee´s last blog post ..Red Anemones – Hand Pulled, Signed, Gocco Screen Print

  3. Rebecca commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:20pm

    The shop is looking fab and heathers worked so hard for it so I hope it is a hit! I’m sire it will be! I am totally in love with the sofa in the yellow stem print!x
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..littletree loves…’playnation’ from John Lewis

  4. colleen @ hello olive commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:47pm

    So great to see a lovely store being featured that I’ve been to. Usually I’m just drooling over places that I’ll probably never get to see in the flesh :-)

  5. Victoria commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:05pm

    Beautiful! I am enchanted! This is a great story of someone making her dreams come true! This is what I like best about people!
    PS: Just got your book, Holly! Fantastic! Thanks for making your dreams come true as well, for all of us!
    Victoria´s last blog post ..Small and cozy

  6. Faith @ Ordinary Mommy Design commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:38pm

    What a dream come true! Heather’s brand is so lovely; how wonderful for her local customers to be able to stop by her shop. It’s gorgeous!

  7. michelle commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 4:13pm

    Her front door is adorable. If I was walking past that shop there is no way I could resist going inside. Good luck to you Heather, you do beautiful work!
    michelle´s last blog post ..I’m Back with a Vacay Update

  8. Kompromisslos toll. commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 5:18pm

    Wow, what a stylish shop! So warm and welcoming. And the fabrics are stunning…
    Kompromisslos toll.´s last blog post ..Kompromisslos toll beim Brigitte Kreativ-Blog Award

  9. Kathi commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 5:36pm

    love it all ! it is great to see someone who is so talented and works so hard do so well- the very best to you

  10. Jaclyn Bishop commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:01pm

    So beautiful. I need her to be my local!
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  11. Bonnie McCarthy commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:01pm

    What a great story! I wish her all success & happiness in her new adventure! Way to go!
    Bonnie McCarthy´s last blog post ..Grime Fighters: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

  12. Helen commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:06pm

    What a gorgeous store, I wish I could pop by, lucky locals!

  13. Jessica commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:19pm

    Beautiful textiles! I love the floating shelves against the grey walls…a perfect way to display!
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Inspiration Abroad | Panama

  14. Jillian commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:22pm

    The shop is gorgeous. I love that she offers the 50s sofas in her fabrics. What an awesome idea!
    Jillian´s last blog post ..Iowa Nice: Why I Love Living Here

  15. Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 8:26pm

    Gorgeous! I love these designs!
    Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods´s last blog post ..Treats – A Vintage Surprise

  16. sue bulmer commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 9:26pm

    oh, now this is how all shops should look, utterly divine. I too have been follwoing Heathers rise to stardom and I’m in awe of what she has achieved. Hope to get somewhere even near that one day myself but I have an awfully long way to go!!

  17. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 12:43am

    Love Heather’s work & adore her beautiful new space/studio. Just so happy-inducing. Especially love that front window! Beautiful…..
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Monday monday….

  18. Silvia commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 2:32am

    I loved your posts today … I am going home to South Africa in March for a wedding and will be in Cape Town for the first time in years … your posts were very relevant and inspiring today, as always. Thanks !
    Silvia´s last blog post ..Window displays

  19. Heather Moore commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:29am

    Oh wow, thanks so much for this lovely post, and for all the wonderful comments too! This shop may be a dream come true, but if it wasn’t for all the support from bloggers like Holly and the encouragement from all the amazing people out there, I wouldn’t even have dared to BEGIN to dream. You guys rock! xx
    Heather Moore´s last blog post ..Making Friday last week

  20. Lauren Kellim commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 7:53am

    I love her textiles!! And, what a gorgeous shop! Very inspiring!

  21. Rose commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 11:09am

    Heather is one of those local creatives that make me so proud to be South African. I too stand in awe of her creative flair and dare. We are indeed very lucky to have such a shop locally. I wish her further success in her business. She’s an inspiration.
    Rose´s last blog post ..The Writing’s On The Wall

  22. arounna commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 8:40pm

    what a beautiful post !
    heather’s work is stunning and what a beautiful space to showcase her lovely designs.

    congrats heather!

  23. Sara commented
    February 2nd, 2012 at 2:23pm

    All of her textiles are so gorgeous! I adore that yellow couch, oh my!!!
    Sara´s last blog post ..Style in unexpected places

  24. Inge commented
    February 2nd, 2012 at 2:34pm

    I am also from Cape Town!
    The city is an artists’ hub filled with all kinds of creative sorts. I have recently been introduced to another lovely Cape Town gem – Vamp Furniture in Woodstock.

  25. Keren commented
    February 2nd, 2012 at 10:46pm

    The solid brass pegs on the wall remind me of a plinko board! What a beautiful yet simple concept.

  26. dialogue with space commented
    February 6th, 2012 at 1:42am

    love the textiles
    really interesting post
    dialogue with space´s last blog post ..MISE EN SCENE

  27. Lelanie Slater commented
    February 6th, 2012 at 5:03pm

    I love my fellow South African Heather’s work at Skinny la Minx. I really enjoy her concept. I am so proud of her for doing so well and being such a passionate designer. She is a great inspiration. :)

    Thanks for sharing Holly. I haven’t seen her new studio as I live in Johannesburg, which is about 1400km’s from Cape Town where she’s based. It is a fab space.
    Lelanie Slater´s last blog post ..Beautiful Unwrapped lifestyle products.

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