Why ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi?’
The direct translation from French is ‘I know not what’ which in fact is a saying meaning ‘Can’t quite explain’. And that’s exactly how it is, our range covers bronze sculptures to wearable accessories to dining room tables with unique decorated surfaces.
Why did we open our shop?
Our careers have encompassed realms as diverse as beauty therapy and buffalo research but a continuous thread for Richard and I is that we have always designed and made products for the home. When we moved to Plettenberg Bay a friend approached me to share a shop and this opportunity has allowed us to turn our creativity into a career and way of life. For the first time in my fifty years, I am truly happy in what I do!
What we stock is either made by us or made specifically for our shop which means much of our stock is not available anywhere else. Our principle interest is in the decoration of table tops, mirror frames and wall decorations using granite chips. This is a bespoke product that Richard makes in his workshop. He is also a master of metal work which translates perfectly into a range of lighting and quirky household hooks and garden accessories.
We love this little shop, its historic use as a store and even a Courthouse during WW1 and the way it stands alone with its own identity. We are an owner run store with direct contact with our target market. The cliché, ‘what you put in your get out’ has certainly worked for us.
Plettenberg Bay is a hot spot for international and local visitors. When one is aware one can gauge their response and so over the years I have sought to maintain a balance between Eurocentric taste and Afrocentric creativity. Amongst the artists we promote are landscape painter Mia Brand and we showcase the bronze sculptures of Xhanti Mpakama whose reference is the rural village of his youth. We cater to a varied price bracket with fine porcelain pieces, functional glassware and useful things for the home. Our range of sophisticated worn accessories are both or delicate and we focus on products that are easy to transport. We do, however, ship all over the world.