Another year and another J&B Met! Even though the actual race has nothing to do with home décor and gifting, Cape Town’s equestrian event of the year has really got me standing up and paying attention. You see this year’s theme, for those of you who don’t know, is ‘Made for the Mix’ - celebrating the unique result that comes from mixing contrasting elements. While the organisers are punting all things fashion related, it did get me thinking of my own designs.
Combining the normality of everyday items with a slight dash of eccentricity and unusual artwork is at the core of what Sugar and Vice is all about. I absolutely love playing around with things that don’t follow the status quo - juxtaposing opposing styles and ideology to create quirky and rare art like blending rock n roll with the secret garden for example or marrying tattoos and delicate teapots and uniting vintage with nouveau chic.
Take for example our Heart Crush collection which blends the severe and intense image of a real human heart with the stunning intricacy of mandala design work. Similarly our Sugared Skulls collection fuses the frightening connotations typically associated with tattoo art with crafty geometric design.
When I started Sugar and Vice, I had one aim and that was to create products that would to easily fit in perfectly with everyone, in any home and with any style. From fearless and experimental individuals to your more traditional relaxed homeowners; loud and proud, funk and spunk, to wonderfully weird and statement savvy, the fun and wacky to the boring and quiet right down to those a tad bit strange, downright crazy and even the ones bordering insanity – I wanted a product rage that quiet simply was made for the mix. Happy mixing!