as long as I have A WILD GAR­DEN, a big old hat AND A STU­DIO filled with light.’

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One day last year, fash­ion de­signer Alexis Barrell and her child­hood friend Fiona Mackay, a brand mar­keter, were dis­cussing the mean­ing of the word ‘home’ and how – de­spite al­most a life­time of mov­ing around the world and be­ing based be­tween Cape Town, New York and In­dia – South Africa would al­ways be it. ‘I adore the ease and sim­plic­ity that comes from liv­ing in the Ka­roo,’ says Alexis, and it was this ef­fort­less­ness that in­spired her life­style brand Karu. ‘I try to in­cor­po­rate that sense of slow­ness and con­sid­er­a­tion into my world, and I wanted to bring that into other busy peo­ple’s lives through the prod­ucts we make,’ she says.

With fabrics ver­sa­tile enough for both home ac­ces­sories and cloth­ing, Karu was launched lo­cally ear­lier this year, and Alexis is cur­rently work­ing on ex­pand­ing into the US and UK, as well as on a project in In­dia to create res­i­den­cies, ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and a so­cial pro­gramme.

I’d love to work with Malian artist and tex­tile de­signer Aboubakar Fo­fana. karu.world Read an ex­tended Q&A with Alexis and check out our gallery of her work at house­an­dleisure.co.za.

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