Skinny laMinx


Skinny laMinx


Well hello there, Thursday! I can’t believe that the weekend is already upon us. Yes, Thursday marks the start of the weekend here in the UAE, and it looks as though we’re in for a dusty, blustery, sand-stormy one at that. But moving swiftly onwards from the weather, I have brighter, more exciting things to share.

Heather Moore is the self-taught design and illustrator talent behind the Cape Town-based label Skinny laMinx. I first discovered her Etsy store in 2012 and I recall being so impressed that I immediately sent an email to my sister-in-law, who’s a decorator, and another decor-loving friend to share this awesome find! I dug up that enthusiastic email this morning…

“Take a look at these stunning fabrics by SA (Cape Town, actually) designer Heather Moore. Her designs are so fresh, original and funky. If you get around to looking at her catalogue, some of the particularly lovely ones are Sevilla Rock collection (a mimic of San bushman paintings), Orla and and the birdie collections. She has an online store but can probably be tracked down in Cape Town.You girls will love her stuff.”


Hmm, would we say I was gushing? Let’s just say that I have followed Heather’s blog since then and I remain as enamored by her work now as I was back then.

During a visit to Cape Town last year, I made a point of visiting the gorgeous Skinny laMinx shop and studio in Bree street and was not disappointed. It is filled with whimsical home goods including cushions, aprons, tea towels, napkins and table runners made from the scandi-tinged textiles she designs and manufactures locally. The label also has a ‘Mini laMinx’ collection of adorable toddler smock dresses.

All the products have a distinct South African flavor with design inspiration so clearly taken from nature and basic everyday objects.

The prints that first caught my eye were from Heather’s first collection named ‘Sevilla Rock‘ – inspired by beautiful rock paintings from the Cederberg mountains. Heather combined her love of Scandinavian style with her take on the ancient drawings. The results were beautiful.


Whilst some of the collection was discontinued over the years, the Herds and Duikers designs, particularly in red and grey, have retained their immense popularity. This year, Heather has re-issued these prints in a strong, graphic black colourway.

This new color scheme makes a perfect canvas for Skinny laMinx’s recent collaboration with Cape Town designers Pedersen + Lennard. Their new wood-frame, loose-cushion sofa design called The Skagen Settle dons the refreshed Duiker print and it looks fabulous!


How fun is that yellow bucket stool!? The color is no doubt a nod to the naming of Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014 which has sparked a ripple of enthusiastic yellow support across the city – yellow being the official color of the year-long event. Wooohoo Cape Town!

For more Skinny laMinx products (including an array of paper goods), visit her online store. I also highly recommend following Heather on Instagram if you enjoy a dose of quirky creativity in your week… the delighful #OneWayToChooseAnOutfit series that she’s entertained us with this week is a must see!

Images: Skinny laMinx

Kathryn Hawkes

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