Hello and happy 2019!
Gosh, it’s been a bit of a struggle getting back into the swing of things! Is it just me, or are you also needing some serious motivation to get going this year?
My first blog post of 2019 is a little ‘support local’ plug.
More and more, I trying to spend my money on locally produced products, especially when it comes to fashion. This is so important to help grow our economy, create much needed jobs and support entrepreneurs. In the fashion & beauty space alone, there are many incredible brands who produce quality products that really deserve and need our support.
One such local fashion brand is ZEMP (formerly known as JINGER JACK) owned by Claire Zemp. The brand produces outstanding quality leather bags and wallets in an array of styles. You’ll also find a great selection of elegant watches designed with minimalistic features as well as a great selection of sunnies with polarized lenses. I love how the brands places a big focus on quality, customer service and design innovation.
I recently popped into the ZEMP store in Woodstock Cape Town to select a few items. Below are the ones I chose with a little explanation of why I settled on those styles.
In the Bag
I love a sturdy, well designed quality leather bag. Also, leather is one material that just gets better with age.
I settled on the Poppy Bag (R2590 now on sale for R1555 – BUY) in a waxy tan colour (that really works with any outfit combo). I like that it fits comfortably on the shoulder, is roomy enough for all my daily bag essentials and has a charcoal cotton twill lining.
I always advise women to pay special attention to the craftsmanship of a bag. It should be well made using good quality materials – examine the stitching and hardware, and feel the materials used inside and out, including lining and interior pockets. The stitching should be even and straight, the hardware should be evenly finished without any scratches and the zips should open and close without any tugging or catching.
I also like that there’s an option to monogram your bag with your initials.
ZEMP uses a traditional monogramming technique where the letters are heated & stamped deeply into the leathers surface, ensuring lasting quality. This is a time-intensive process that results in a much more distinct monogram than other methods.
It costs just R100 extra to have them on the bag only, and R160 to have them imprinted onto both the bag & it’s tag.
I also opted for a new leather wallet and settled on the ‘Claire’ in black (R1095 now on sale for R765 – BUY).
When it comes to wallets, I always opt for black as scuff & dirt marks are less visible. This wallet has a taffeta lining, durable black hardware, 10 card compartments, a zip coin purse, slide-in outside pocket and a top flap closure. All in all, it’s everything I need in a wallet. I also decided to get my new wallet monogrammed with my initials for just R100.
Watch the Time
I have a stainless-steel Rolex that I wear every day, but I felt I needed a more classic, elegant watch with a leather strap for more formal occasions. When I spotted the ‘Tempus’ 40mm (R1490 – BUY), I knew I’d found ‘the one’.
The black leather strap, white dial with gold details and sapphire glass was exactly what I’d been looking for. I was also impressed to learn that a Swiss Watchmaker with 30 years of experience oversees the production. Add to that the stainless-steel casing, Japanese Movement and quick release pin. For the price, I think it’s truly outstanding quality.
I’ll admit to having a wee bit of a problem when it comes to sunglasses – I just can’t seem to stop myself buying more! I was looking for a very understated pair in black. I was immediately drawn to the ‘Castor C1′ style (R995 – BUY) because of the D-Framed shape that is so chic and timeless. I also like the brushed black acetate finish and the dark-grey polarized lenses that protect against both UVA & UVB rays. There’s an anti-scratch rock hard coating, as well as an anti-reflective coating. I have to say, when I wear these shades, my eyes feel a lot less strained when in very bright sunlight.
This blog post is sponsored by ZEMP