THE FESTIVE ISSUE

We are grateful for your presence and support throughout a year in which we have experienced a heady combination of substantial change and new opportunities. What a 2015! We look forward to continue serving you in the new year and beyond.

Our doors will be open during the holidays to satisfy all your shopping requirements. Spoil your loved ones with est. gift vouchers, redeemable at all stores under the est. fashion umbrella. On Wednesdays, as usual, you can shop until 7 pm and on Saturdays and public holidays until 4 pm. Please note, we will be closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January 2016.

In the article below, Dr Albert Viljoen shares his thoughts on how to ‘work from rest’. This is a core passion we aim to live from: to work from rest. To create a space in which you can share in the sanctuary that we ourselves are still discovering. To ensure our every gesture, tone and glance is a sigh of relief.

May you have a refreshing festive season and safe travels!

Este & Leana

WORK FROM REST

It can be both sobering and encouraging to reflect back on the year. One question to ask yourself this year is: ‘Do I rest from work or work from rest?’

What comes to mind when you think of ‘rest’? Is it the deep sigh at the end of a day, when your body melts under the tender weight of your sheets? Or is rest always two more steps away, never quite settled, mostly interrupted by the daily noise and routine? How, when and – most importantly – why we rest, is pivotal for our full human development. Rest should be something we carry with us: something within that can be expressed through our work, instead of something only found on the next cruise to a distant island or a previous road trip.

What if you were able to carry this peace with you, wrapping yourself with pockets of rest, wearing it as with a patiently woven garment? What if you could bring that sense of sanctuary to the hustle and bustle of your daily life? What if you could capture those memories, cradled in the arms of your mind, and express this quiet breathing space to others?

Dr Albert Viljoen – Life Coach

ON THE RUNWAY

As catwalk trends change faster than the seasons, we’re seeing a striking shift to individuality. Consumers are yearning for something special and unique, and contemporary collections are delivering. While the aesthetic is distinct and specific, it’s all about quality. Even the most basic item feels luxurious. And women are prepared to spend a little bit extra for a signature piece that will last. Notable contemporary designers include Dries van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, JW Anderson and Rick Owens.

We’re always on the lookout for a contemporary collection the est. woman can identify with. This season we’ve found the perfect fit in luxury Italian brand, Dondup – exclusively available at est.

VERSATILE TEXTILE

Bright, bold and beautiful. We love these statement skirts from Marc Cain! With a nostalgic nod to the 1950s, the skirt gathers at the waist hem and comes in playful prints. A summer essential.

“Fashion is a language. It’s a way we talk to ourselves and to others. It’s sometimes magnified by the masses, sometimes very sober and intimate. Once you are able to read the language of fashion, it helps you very much to understand society.”
Li Edelkoort

SPACE TO EXPLORE

The Gin Bar

Somewhere, in the heart of the Mother City, lies a hidden gem wholly dedicated to an age-old juniper-based British spirit. It’s what G&Ts and sundowners are made of. The Gin Bar, situated behind the delightful Honest Chocolate Cafe, is a concept cocktail bar that only serves gin. We are charmed by their focus on quality over quantity. The menu comprises of four cocktails with names that cleverly transport you to a tranquil space. Heart, Head, Soul and Ambition are refreshing, tasty and subtle in flavour. The Victorian-style bar in the cosy courtyard provides the perfect backdrop for gin purists to savour their spirit of choice.

64A Wale Street, Cape Town
Tel: 076 765 8306

BRANDS WE ADORE
MARC CAIN

One of Germany’s biggest fashion exports, Marc Cain, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Fun and unpredictable at times (can anyone relate?), the luxury brand’s signature pieces lend themselves to individual styling. The aesthetics are all about classic cuts and shapes, but with a twist of sportiness and bold effeminacy. Marc Cain caters for the self confident, open-minded and curious woman of today.