Beauty & Fashion
She’s spent more than 10 years in the fashion industry, working long hours, dealing with the pressures of producing collection after collection and owning her own store on the bustling Kloof Street in Cape Town.
Now Jessica has returned home to the North Coast for a change of pace and scenery and to pursue her other passion, interior design.
“The decision to take a break from fashion didn’t come easily. But the pace and intensity of the fashion industry was tough, and I needed to re-evaluate and be conscious of what sort of life I wanted. Settling down on the North Coast and focussing on interior design was something I always wanted to do.”
Jessica established her label, Take Care, just under 10 years ago ‘by accident’. After studying interior design and working at an architect’s office in Cape Town she quickly discovered that she wasn’t cut out for a desk job and went traveling. On returning to South Africa she had a renewed enthusiasm, bursting with ideas but had very little money.
“I started making clothes and selling them to friends. The demand grew quickly, and before I knew it I had a seamstress and a studio and was working 18-hour days. The label did so well and grew organically. Before I knew it, I had opened my own store on Kloof street.”
With a keen interest in both fashion and interior design, Jessica now splits her time between the two, and says she finds joy from the combination of creativity, hard work and practical thinking required for both disciplines.
“Take Care is a part of me, and has been so important in shaping my design aesthetic. This collection has been forming itself quietly, slowly for the past year. Ideas and sketches collecting on my desk and in my mind, dying to be made into garments and ultimately into a collection that has its own identity. I think every collection says something about where I am personally. This one is quiet and considered and reflects the gentle space I have occupied over the past year.”
Jessica’s Autumn Winter 2017 collection is not just for one season. Each piece has been designed to be worn all year round. Inspired by the KZN climate, Jessica says her collection feels ‘seasonless’ and each garment embodies the ethos that clothing should be easy to wear and designs should be timeless, making the wearer feel confident and beautiful.
“I have created a small collection of classically styled garments with modern silhouettes. The collection was made using the most luxurious fabrics and meticulous construction, ensuring that each piece will last years. You will find luxurious understated pieces that can be worn alone or with other items from the collection. The cuts are simple and striking, and the fabric luxurious.”
Jessica says her label aims to appeal to a wide range of women, from girls in their teens to women in their 60’s. “Take Care is not about trends or fast fashion. It’s a brand that believes in creating timeless beautiful pieces that are elegant, comfortable and striking in the simplest way.”
The collection is available online with selected pieces will be available at the I Heart Market on the first Saturday of every month.
Jessica’s winter fashion trends:
This is my favourite trend of the season. It’s elegant and elevates a basic shirt effortlessly. Perfect for our warm winters too!
Every shade of pink you can think of. This is not an easy colour to wear though. Make sure the shade you pick suits your skin tone. I love blush tones and dusty pinks in soft flowing fabrics.
You’ll be seeing a lot of these in the coming months. From shirt sleeves to skirt hems, and romantic to bold. It seems every designer has their version of this trend in their collection.
Bell and trumpet sleeves are a great way to look good in winter. I love this look, and although it isn’t a new trend it’s definitely going to stick around for a while. Try the Take Care Bell Sleeve Jacket with slim leg trousers and boots.
Certainly not a trend I can pull off, but for those who can this is a perfect item in your winter wardrobe. Wear with a pair of block heels and a flowing blouse or a t-shirt and leather sandals on warmer days.
Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Photographs: Xavier Vahed