December 13, 2017

MM Women: Catherine

I met Cath six years ago, when she was still a student and ran our first ‘store’ – a stall at the Biscuit Mill Market – every weekend. She was a wonderfully loyal ambassador for our brand back then and even after she left us to pursue a career, she remained a huge supporter of our brand and very kindly shares her enthusiasm with anyone who would listen.

In the years since we first worked together, Cath and I have become close friends and it has been my privilege to watch her grow both personally and professionally – Cath now works at one of Cape Town’s most respected galleries – and flourish in so many spheres.

I’m delighted to say that she still wears our clothing, bringing to it her own classic styling and sense of maturity. Cath also has a beautiful confidence that carries through to everything she does and each piece she wears. I love this quality in her and believe it is an inspirational one for all women. As a brand, it’s certainly one we want to celebrate. In fact, it’s because our label is committed to making every woman feel confident and beautiful that we felt Cath was the perfect choice for MM Women.

So, thank you, Cath for being part of this feature and for looking so gorgeous in our garments! And thanks too to our wonderful photographer, Christopher Smith, our shoot producer, Mikhailia Petersen, and Jonathan at blank projects for allowing us to use his incredible space.

Cath wears a White Smock Dress (R820), Chloe Dress in Black (R1250) and Juniper Dress in Rich Green (R750).

*Artwork shown in images 15 & 17 belongs to Kyle Morland (sculpture) and Gerda Scheepers (painting).


Where do you call home
I was born and raised in Pretoria, but left in 2011 to live in Cape Town. After 7 years here I struggle with the idea of home – neither Cape Town nor Pretoria feels like home. I suppose I find ‘home’ in moments with friends and family, in places I feel happy.
I work at blank projects, a gallery in Woodstock.
Weekend activity
Most weekends are spent seeing exhibitions at galleries, or attending events / talks which might be happening – we are so fortunate to have so much available.
I really love the National Gallery, especially on a Sunday – after which I’ll buy the FT weekend and spend the afternoon reading!
City Spot
As I said previously, I love the National Gallery, and of course the Company’s Gardens. I lived in Mutual Heights for a while this year, which gave me real perspective of the city. The Adderley Flower Market is one of the most underrated places in Cape Town, I never want to leave while chatting to Alison (one of the sisters whose family has been there for generations – her knowledge is something else!) I know some might disagree but there is something about the V&A Waterfront which I enjoy a lot – and I don’t mean the mall but outside at the harbour. I love the sound of the seagulls and the light feels so different there. Lastly, sitting in the City Hall listening to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on a Thursday night is undeniably good for the soul (mine, at least)
The variety of music I listen to is quite radical. While I answer these questions I am listening to David Lang’s ‘I Lie’ from the film The Great Beauty. I love the latest Washed Out album, I listen to Blood Orange a lot. Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer who died in 1959, I love his music. I recently started listening to Alice Coltrane (John Coltrane’s second wife) – I can highly recommend the 1971 album ‘Journey in Satchidananda’. I love ABBA and I am not ashamed of it!
This is easy and hard to answer at the same time. Power & the Glory for a few beers and a hotdog on a Friday afternoon after a long week. Il Leone for pasta (I also love a white table cloth!) The General Store for breakfast. Kyoto Garden for the winter special, and Hallelujah because it’s very special place.
Hanging on your walls
I have quite a lot hanging on my walls, but highlights are Jared Ginsburg, Michael Taylor, David Koloane, Jeanne Gaigher, Jan-Henri Booyens, Jacob van Schalkwyk and Sam Nhlengethwa. I could talk for hours about what I would like to own, but in short an Edoardo Villa sculpture, a large oil painting from David Koloane’s 2016 exhibition ‘In the City’ at Goodman Gallery and a drawing by Ernest Mancoba.
MM Favourites

I wear a piece of MM clothing everyday. I cannot live without the wide leg trousers (I have them in blue, black and green). The boat neck vest is a must in summer, it is so comfortable and perfect for work. I have two Full Skirts in chartreuse and fern green, which are essential to my wardrobe, I can dress it down with a white shirt and dress it up with a smart shirt. I also have navy blue cape from years ago which I could not live without in winter. LOVE YOU MM!!