Our Out of Africa capsule collection is inspired by the film by the same name directed by Sydney Pollack, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the lead roles. What inspired me the most, from the stylistic point of view, were the colours and wildlife of the African scape, Robert Redford’s sturdy, weathered clothes and Meryl Streep’s masculine-inspired costumes – the jodhpurs and riding suit, the khakis, the safari jackets, the dusty leather riding boots, her simple white shirts. I distilled the film sets and wardrobes into the most basic, simple elements. I wanted the authenticity, practicality and naturalness of that style to be part of the collection, and added a note of elegance and romanticism to its ruggedness.
But this is a collection equally inspired by my own dream of Africa, a place I’ve never been – Karen Blixen’s narrative sipped its way into the imagination, obviously, and so has every safari photograph I have come across. A film, a book, a photo – that’s what it took to ignite a whole sensibility about a world and inspire a mood about the kind of jewellery I would want to wear there, and everywhere.
Come on over our movie stories shop to discover the Dusty Road cuff, the Safari earrings and the rest of the Out of Africa capsule collection – locally crafted by hand, made with love and mindfulness and with a keen appreciation for authentic beauty.