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Research Unit launches AW18 MASALA Collection

MASALA, the latest Research Unit collection, is based on Erin-Lee and Chad Petersen’s personal experiences growing up in Cape Town.

“Chad and I both grew up in the Cape Malay culture in Cape Town and were vastly exposed to the Muslim culture and Cape Malay dishes that exuded smells of curry and koeksisters. We lived in the heart of Cape Town where the culture still exists today and was a way of telling a tasteful story of OUR Africa and the version we saw while growing up.”

The colours of the spices used to cook traditional Cape Malay curries was the inspiration behind the MASALA collection, with tumeric, masala and coriander all playing a role. Saffron served as the inspiration for the fringing of the deep tote bags in the collection.

“We seeded out ways to dye and deconstruct our canvas, thereby creating the layers of fringing on the bags and keeping our dynamic of canvas and leather on our product.”

The leather that was used to produce the MASALA bags is hand-made and stitched to perfection, with no detail being spared.

The MASALA collection includes a leather and canvas African-Basket inspired bucket bag with a beaded strap, fringed deep shoppers, a black leather moon bag and over-sized cylinder shaped canvas shopper. The collection will be available online and at the Research Unit store at the V&A Waterfront.



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