Piece: a gem of a shop selling beautifully designed hand crafted items
NB Now moved to Ellis House 23 Voorhout St Doorfontein
Piece used to be in the Firs in Rosebank but as of 2017 has moved to new premises in Ellis House Doornfontein. Piece is one of Joburg’s most special shops run by a remarkable woman. Their printed ‘brochure’ says it all:
Expect the unexpected – pieces with attitude where old meets new, and contemporary design meets ancient tradition
Started by Eugenie Drakes in 2000, Piece showcases a variety of South Africa’s exquisitely crafted handmade items. Much of the range is highly individual, bold and quirky (expect the unexpected) but all demonstrate a fine sense of design – where the contemporary meets the traditional.
Eugenie has worked with urban and rural community groups throughout Southern Africa on product development, business training and mentoring, with the emphasis on sustainability.
Her clientele attests to the success and exclusivity of the Piece project. Now how’s this for a list of the rich and famous:
- Elton John
- Michele Obama
- Bill Clinton
- Graca Machel
And Eugenie has a long history in the craft industry in South Africa.
- was a resource person at the Africa-India Summit in Ethiopia in 2011
- participated in a craft exchange programme in New Delhi at the beginning of 2012
- is on the Board of the Siyazisiza Trust and the Southern Guild Design Foundation.
- was selected to participate in the Goldman Sachs-GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) 10 000 Women Certificate Programme for Women Entrepreneurs
- is an enterprise mentor at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg
- has been invited as a mentor on the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme.
So this woman knows her oats … to mix metaphors horribly!
So treat yourself to a visit to Piece which can now be found at Ellis House 23 Voorhout St Doornfontein. This is a very new venue so access is not always consistent so best to phone before 083 400 5126
On the first weekend of every month Piece hosts special pop-up shopping events (on Sat from 09:00–17:00 and on Sun from 09:00–16:00) that include wine tastings, storytelling and a chance to meet-the-makers.
It is one of Joburg’s ‘must do’s’.