It was their passion for knowledge and a desire to explore the unchartered spaces that lead the early explorers to the Cape on adventures into the hinterlands of Southern Africa. They came not to conquer but to meticulously record the plants, trees and animals they encountered on their perilous journeys into the veld. Many of them were devoted to sketching in scientific detail the things they discovered here and it is from their amazing work that we drew inspiration for our new line The Magic Veld. Our designs were inspired by the explorers as a collective, but also by the stories of some of the most outstanding of these intrepid travellers. It is through their eyes that we get a glimpse of what Southern Africa looked like several centuries ago.
“To view the admirable perfection of nature in a new light, and not less beautiful in the wilds of Africa was the irresistible motive which led me on.” - 18th Century explorer William Burchell, Travels in the interior of Southern Africa