A relatively ‘new kid on the block’ at 44 Stanley, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg, The Storer – so named after it’s dynamic founder, Lisa Storer – is a uniquely inspiring space brimming with artisanal collectors’ items from around the world. Each piece is personally sourced for discerning individuals who embrace the concept of ‘luxury lifestyle with a meaning and soul’.
A seasoned retailer with years of experience and an inimitable taste for all things beautiful, Lisa and her team mindfully source rare finds from sustainable crafters around the globe, each with a story attached to the origin, crafting and history of the product.
Naturally though, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to drop by at the 44 Stanley showroom and whilst browsing around this ‘eclectic’ space is first prize in terms of a tangible experience, those who live further afield are able to meander through The Storer online. Here, within the clever digital space, shoppers are drawn in, allowing them to feel as if they are actually there, surrounded by exotic merchandise.
Lisa explains that items available online are The Storer’s core essentials. “Our clients will always be able to find fundamental pieces which are a genuine reflection of who we are and what we are all about. We believe in embracing the ‘slow-life’ and living more mindfully, supporting sustainable crafters and their time-honoured traditions within the eco-community around the world – and bringing these delightful pieces to South Africa.”
Intrinsic to The Storer, the online experience introduces a core range which includes striking pieces from carefully selected traditional crafters in Morocco, Turkey, Cambodia and Mexico.
These Cactus silk cushions (BUY) are hand-loomed and crafted by Berber women, from silk derived from a plant grown in the Saharan Desert. Minor inconsistencies procured by these methods render each item unique, with every thread a connection to its creator.
The gorgeous must-have ‘Pom-pom’ blankets (BUY) above are made in a tiny studio hidden away in a labyrinth on the outskirts of the Marrakech medina. These are traditional throws woven from 100% hand-spun cotton.
Beautiful, durable straw baskets made from leaves of the Mediterranean Dwarf palm and are skillfully woven using methods passed down through generations (BUY)
The Storer have selected unique, durable hand-crafted, intensely coloured Tamegroute ceramics, so named after a small village in the Draa River Valley (BUY)
The ceramic range comes from a village just outside Siem Reap, using the tradition of Khmer clay ceramics (BUY), paired with the Japanese artistry of glazing. This art has been highly instrumental in helping to restore the pride of the Khmer people following the devastation of the Cambodian war.
Peshtemal, Hamman or Fouta towels are made from Turkish cotton with extra-long fibres, resulting in fewer joins for stronger, smoother cotton threads, for towels that become softer, fluffier and more absorbent with successive washings. BUY
Beautifully fluid recycled glasses are produced in an eco-workshop in the state of Oaxaca. Part of their drive is to use renewable energy, so all kilns are fired by ethanol energy derived from used cooking oil, gathered from restaurants, bars and homes in the area. BUY
All The Storer’s accessories are small-run items which evoke a lot of emotion and are steeped in history.
These beautiful earrings are inspired by nature and come from Mexico City. Each piece is lovingly made from 100% raw cotton, celebrating the beauty of authentic creativity. BUY
These Pom-pom sandals from Bodrum, Turkey, form part of a female upliftment project, focused on empowering female artisans – prioritising mothers who work from home, home-schooling their children. BUY
These traditional Moroccan suede house slippers from the Medina of Marrakech, have that perfectly “worn-in” feel. There are both rounded and pointed styles available in a variety of colours. BUY
Shop The Storer online at https://thestorer.co
Stand a chance of winning this hand-stitched and tooled leather bag made in Mexico using the finest quality leather and is just perfect for day or evening. I just love how roomy it is and think the beautiful embossed pattern makes it a really special piece.
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