The three-storey Kluk/CGDT flagship store is on a part of Bree Street that is more business than pleasure. Launched in 2014 as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, it was replicated to look like an early 20th century building, typical of Lower Bree Street. The refreshing black façade, dotted with contemporary floor-to-ceiling glass windows and populated with leggy, black-painted mannequins, is enough to make anyone, even those whose interests don’t include fashion, curious to wander in.
It’s the duo’s third store in South Africa – and no expense has been spared in presentation. A grand staircase designed by Cape Town-based artist Rodan Kane Hart is a focal feature; bottles of sparkling wine await guests arriving for their appointments and, of course, there’s the beautifully designed couture, ready-to-wear, bridal garments and gowns that the duo are renowned for. A sense of luxury emanates from every corner of the three storeys, which comprise a bridal parlour, lounge, change rooms, shop area and at the top, the studio.
It’s quite rare that a local fashion house has a stand-alone store in arguably Cape Town’s most exclusive commercial address, not to mention their other stores around South Africa. This is testament to the duo’s stellar success over the years, that has seen them featured in every local fashion magazine as well as leading international publications such as Wallpaper, Monocole, American Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and I-D, amongst others.
Kluk/CGDT’s latest offering is their SS16 ready-to-wear collection entitled Pop, inspired by Anime and the Pop Art movement. For a fix of colourful Cape Town designed original fashion and an all-round luxurious experience, head to the alluring black-painted building in Bree Street.