The Fleet sails into (Cape) Town

Fourteen local designers have set up their wares on Buitengracht Street as a one-stop Christmas-list shop.

Expect a “rotisserie” of designers at this newly opened Bo-Kaap pop-up shop, according to one of its creators, Kristin Weixelbaumer of Black Betty, whose studio is located upstairs. The Fleet opened yesterday and features Design Indaba Expo 2010 fashion show exhibitor Lalesso, one of the 2011 Emerging Creatives, Lauren Fowler, and one of the 2013 Emerging Creatives, FEAT. sock co.

“It’s coming up to Christmas and we wondered how we were going to get our products out there,” Weixelbaumer said. When the small shop front became available from a designer connection of hers, she grabbed it and with co-creator Jade Hoets of Paper Tiger, assembled a group of designers they liked. Hoets said there is a need for affordable retail space for local designers and their aim is to take The Fleet to other locations.

Why “The Fleet”, one might ask? “We were looking for a name for a group of designers,” said Weixelbaumer. And so an original collective noun was born.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm, till the end of November
142 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town