March 2019 marked The Storer, 44 Stanley‘s first birthday. To celebrate the occasion Melanie and I was invited to attend an evening where they took us on a special journey… Every experience I have had at this gem of a shop in the heart of Jozi has been truly magical. Whether it is just for a browse or an event, there is always some eye catching product or an interesting story behind an object that I find fascinating and I am really looking forward to the creative workshops that they will be launching soon. (You might remember the first article I published on The Storer here.)
The Birthday Event
The birthday event was a cafe style finger food dinner with items to eat from all over the world capturing the essence of the Storer’s travels. All of the food prepared by the lovilees from Van Der Linde Restaurant. The menu included Peruvian inspired seafood Cheviche, Thai curry (My favorite dish of the evening), artisanal Mexican tortillas, Balinese inspired lollipops, Moroccan inspired bite sized deserts, Turkish Kanafeh pastries and a take-home box of Indian street-food inspired sweets for all our guests! I also finally got my hands on the bottled water from It’s Not made in China.
Lisa, the owner and remarkable creative behind the Storer was interviewed by fashion anthropologist, Kenny Jules Morifi-Winslow from IIIRD CITIZEN. It was such an interesting concept and conversation on Kinship in Artisanal Design Practice.
The Story of The Storer
The love for beautiful objects sourced from sustainable crafters worldwide is what inspired Lisa Storer to start this breathtakingly beautiful lifestyle store. The aim with The Storer is to return to a conscious way of consuming, to consider what we choose to collect and to engage the senses with timeless goods that speak of human connection. In the process, it seeks not to just sell the product, but also to educate its consumer about the legacies and heritage attached to all their wares.
At our core, we believe there’s a golden thread that connects all artisans around the globe. Bringing together goods from far flung destinations and seeing them merge in a global cross-pollination at The Storer, the golden thread is ever more present. Over and above the return to craft and artisanal goods, our wish is to share our love of authentic craft with you, to nurture these communities and in doing so, protect threatened art forms.
New products to swoon over
Among the newest product additions there are some handpicked collections of ceramics, glassware, body products, clothing and home ware. They launched a new line of linen garments from Lithuania, Prêt-à-Pot ceramics, all of which are contemporary and earthy, but with a nod to the finer ceramics like Royal Doulton and Delft. A collection of mohair jerseys in wintry colours from Adele’s Mohair as well as The Storer’s own range of glassware created with Swazi brand Ngwenya Glass. My favorite has to be the hand-woven carpets with unique and interesting patterns.
Exciting workshop calendar
Looking at the year ahead, The Storer is placing more emphasis on fostering community. In this new chapter, they aim to forge meaningful connections between consumers and glass blowers, ceramicists, jewellers, textile producers and the like. By way of an exciting series of workshops and pop ups with local brands who don’t necessarily exist in the mainstream, but who share their values. The first workshop, set to take place in May, will be a mohair knitting class with Adele’s Mohair from KZN, be sure to follow their Facebook page to stay on top of the events.
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