In the heart of a dilapidated suburb, Victoria Yards has emerged as one of Joburg’s trendiest artisanal working spaces.
Below, ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos show some of the area’s transformation. Victoria Yards eco-system also has a focus on skills development and information sharing. More from Victoria Murphy’s piece in Town and Country.
While there, Meghan stopped by several organizations including Sneakers 4 Change, which provides shoes to those who are less fortunate, Young Bucks, a business that makes books out of recycled materials, and Tshepo, a local denim designer.
At Tshepo Jeans the Duchess was given a tiny pair of jeans for Archie.Wondering how the initial connection with the Duchess was made? Here’s more from the Tshepo Jeans Twitter account.
From the Sussex Royal Instagram post:
She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: “The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.” Such a beautiful and touching sentiment!
A look at that logo. Meghan also spent time with children and founders of a program called Timbuktu in the Valley. It is “a new learning space devoted to equipping youth in the neighbourhood with skills that allow them to become independent citizens” per the program’s Facebook page.
The Duchess visited the studio of contemporary artist James Delaney.
More from The Sun’s story about today’s engagement.
Artist James Delaney told Channel 24: “We were told in the morning to expect a very important guest later in the day, and that the complex would be shut down from 1pm.”
While the name of the VIP guest wasn’t reveal Mr Delaney said the tenants quickly guessed as they knew “Meghan was in town”.
Meghan arrived at around 2pm with the artists putting their work and designs on display.
Mr Delaney added he had a “friendly chat” with Meghan, adding “I introduced myself as James, and she said: ‘Hi, I’m Meghan.”He described the visit, which lasted about half an hour, as a “whirlwind,” saying “it was lovely to meet her.”
While at Victoria Yards Meghan spent time listening to a performance by Belita Andre, a spoken word artist.
More from the Sussex Royal Instagram post:
In her reading she said: “The Maker’s Valley is a social and enterprise hub, a wave between my corner of the world and yours. Insisting that beyond the anchors of survival. How to make sure that everyone gets to shore, pass around an ocean of stars, not because our sleepless nights are equal but because our dreams are.”
The Duchess spent time with the owners of Sobae Frozen, “an entrepreneurial duo who created their small business as a solution to food waste, creating vegan sorbet from unused fruit from Victoria Yards.”
Sobae Frozen posted on its Instagram page that “The Duchess of Sussex tasted our Pumpkin chain spice and strawberry tropical”.
One more image of the Duchess today.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore, starting with her dress from Canadian favorite Aritzia, the brand’s Wilfred Button-Front Midi Shirt Dress ($148). The vintage design is inspired by a traditional house dress made from a viscose/rayon blend with a pebbled texture. It features a tailored bodice, slash pockets, and self-belt. Many thanks to Laura for the dress ID.
Meghan turned to one of her favorite brands again today, Everlane and wore their The Editor Slingback in Persimmon suede ($155).
Meghan’s warp appears to be the Cuyana leightweight cashmere scarf in black, $190.
You may recall Meghan wearing the scarf in the natural color for her and Harry’s visit to the Auwal Mosque last week.
In a few of the photos from the day’s visit, you can see Meghan carried a clutch. We haven’t IDed the piece yet but did notice that a similar bag at Accessorize has the same color thread on the bag’s zipper pull. Below left, Meghan’s zipper pull; on the right, the zipper pull from Accessorize. If we are able to ascertain the maker we will update the post.
Headquartered in Cape Town, the company “celebrates Africa and sees jewellery and ornamentation as a sacred conduit for healing, community and wisdom sharing,” as explained on its website.
They are described online this way: “Custom brass studs with titanium pins and braid rope embellished with gold, copper and black beads and gilt-plated end caps.” A “thank you” to Laura on Twitter for the earrings ID!
One last piece of news today, We have a ✨GIVEAWAY ✨ to announce!
✨GIVEAWAY ✨ As the Royal Tour comes to an end, we’ve partnered with our friend Adina Reyter to give you a chance to win one of Meghan Markle’s favorite pieces of jewelry.
One lucky follower will win the Solid Pavé Teardrop necklace worn by the Duchess on multiple occasions, including in her official pregnancy announcement photo.
To enter – go to Instagram:
- Follow @adinareyter & @whatmeghanwore
- Like the post (see below)
- Tag a friend in the comments (extra tags = extra chances to win)
All entries must be submitted by Sunday, October 6th by 11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced Monday, October 7th on Instagram.