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Our Next Step

As one of many furniture stores in Cape Town, we have certainly felt the impact of this pandemic. Here’s an update on what is next for us. With some semblance of normality slowly creeping back in, we’re looking forward to getting back into our beautiful showroom. Our plans for an updated showroom have been in the works for a few weeks and now we are finally able to get back into our space so we can start finalising our mood board.

When speaking with friends (both personal and industry) a similar narrative has begun to take shape; being that this time apart has brought much-needed perspective to many. The need for excess and fast-trends is decreasing and we’re learning to appreciate the things that truly matter. We are seeing our range of pieces, crafted by seasoned hands, with reinvigorated pride and appreciation.

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What’s Next?

Even though we have only been permitted to reopen with one third of our staff, we remain optimistic that the times ahead, although challenging, will strengthen us as both a brand and a business.

We have decided to reopen our showroom to allow for minimum trade on selected days and for selected hours. This will allow us to distribute and sell our Rise and Fall bed linen range and to meet with our clients in a safe and controlled environment.
Our staff have been briefed on the strictest of safety protocols and masks will be required for all our clients to permit entry.
Our factory is hard at work to get all our existing orders out and we are open for new orders, which carry our standard lead time of 6-8 weeks, as our suppliers are slowly beginning to reopen.

UPDATED SHOWROOM TRADING HOURS:Mondays: 11:30 – 15:00
Wednesdays: 11:30 – 15:00
Fridays: 11:30 – 15:00

We have been receiving great feedback from many of you about our latest blogs and posts and we love hearing from you – thank you!

It’s such a joy to see our clients’ pieces in situ, so please send them to us to get featured on our blog posts.

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It’s Recipe Time

For this week’s recipe, we will be featuring a humble favourite: Crostata with Peach Jam. This is a very simple recipe, easily prepared.
Crostata with Peach Jam (makes a 28cm tart)

Ingredients:
100g Butter
350g Plain all-purpose flour/Gluten Free flour
180g Sugar
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
½ Teaspoon baking powder
400g Peach Jam (or jam of your choice)
1 Egg yolk, whisked, for glazing

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C.
Mix the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and a pinch of salt together in a large mixing bowl. Knead the resulting dough into a tight ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

Break off one third of the pastry and place it aside. Roll out the other two thirds of dough into a circle, approximately 34cm in diameter on baking paper. Use this dough to go up and over the round baking tin. Using the baking paper as a tray, position it over the tin and then flip it so the pastry lines the tin tray. Peel away the baking paper. Press the pastry gently into place in the tray. Be sure to prick the base pastry with a fork here and there.

Spread the jam in evenly, so it covers the pastry nicely and turn the sides of the pastry down onto the jam to neaten.

Roll the remaining dough out into a flat sheet and cut approximately 18 strips of dough. These can then be arranged in a criss-cross pattern and trimming away the loose ends.
Using a small brush, brush the egg yolk over the pastry.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the pastry golden and the bottom crisp. Cool before slicing.

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A Beautiful Friday

Before the lockdown, the majority of us had been used to spending the bulk of our day away from home. Now that we’re getting to spend more time at home, we’re able to really listen to each other, see, more than ever, our furry companions’ incredible little personalities, rearrange our spaces until they’re just right, then rearrange them again.
Some of us have realised that we’re actually really good at knitting and yoga isn’t that hard when you’re a first-timer, especially when you’re doing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge by Yoga with Adriene.

If you have a local health writer whose pieces you enjoy, then please share with us in the comments below.

What’s Happening at Klooftique

As Level 4 commences, we are grateful that some of our staff will be able to return to work to get started on the orders and projects that have come in during the lockdown period. We have missed the smell of leather and the distant humming of sewing machines. Monday will be a good day.
We have been fortunate enough to still be working during the lockdown and have been involved in a range of exciting projects. Projects we are excited to share with everyone once the installations are able to take place.
Keep in mind that our phone lines are fully operational and we’re available on email (shop@klooftique.com & showroom@klooftique.com), as well as social media. We also have a full catalogue of readily-available stock, which can be delivered as soon as the Lockdown permits. You can get in touch with Justine and Katherine on the above email addresses if you’d like to see what’s available.

We would like to start including some hearty, comfort food recipes, so if you have one that you’d like to share, then kindly email us and we will feature it on our next blog post and newsletter.

For this post, we’ll be sharing Ouma Helene Brookes’ muesli rusks. She always kept these in a large container on her kitchen counter where it was easy to sneak one or two. These are delicious!

 

Ouma Helene Brookes’ muesli rusks recipe:

Ingredients:
1kg Self-raising flower
750ml All Bran Flakes, crushed
375ml Corn Flakes, crushed
125ml Muesli (Preferably Nutty Crunch)
125ml Raisins (Optional)
5ml Salt
10ml Baking Powder
500g Stork Baking Margarine
250ml Sugar
2 x Large Eggs
500ml Buttermilk

Instructions:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Mix all the dry ingredients together, except the sugar. Melt the margarine and add the sugar, buttermilk and eggs. Mix these together well.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well. Prep two bread pans by spraying them with Cook and Spray so the mixture doesn’t stick to the pans. Cut the dough into twelve even-sized pieces and roll them into balls. Place six dough pieces per tray evenly.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for one hour. Once the rusks are out of the oven, leave them to cool in the pans. Once they’ve cooled, cut them into pieces. Place them back in the oven at 90 degrees Celsius to dry out for 4 hours, or as preferred. The longer you leave the rusks in, the dryer they will become.

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Staying Positive in Trying Times

When the news first came of a nationwide lockdown that would be commencing from midnight on the 26th March, we – much like everyone in our beautiful country – were in a mild state of shock. Not because we didn’t expect the lockdown. But, because of the uncertainty of what this could mean for us as a small, family-owned business (a Bespoke Furniture Store in Cape Town). A question many have had to ask since.

We respect our president greatly for making this decision; it is crucial if we are to flatten the curve. The timing of it was somewhat comedic though (smiling as we write this), because to say that our year had been off to a rocky start would be a little bit of an understatement. We won’t get into the details, but once the initial shock of yet another challenge had dissipated, we did what we do so very often; laugh.

Not because we did not understand the severity of the situation or understand that what is currently happening in our world is heart-breaking, but because we understood that we needed to focus on the things we could control and try to find the comedy in the things we could not.

How do we Plan to Spend This Time?

As we’ve been spending time working from home, we’re able to enjoy the pure elation of our furry companions at being able to spend more time with them.

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Pictured: Weathered Zambezi Copper leather

Our Rise and Fall bedlinen range has proven to be quite the hit with the fluffy ones and their little hairs don’t stick to the bed linen as much. This is convenient, especially if your little ones insist on crawling under the covers with you. You can shop the range here.

If you’re not following Rise and Fall yet, you can give them a follow here. The page is truly beautiful.

During this time, we realise how fortunate we are to be able to spend it with our loved ones. Many with the same privilege are possibly planning do some gardening and rearranging of their spaces. If you’re doing the same, remember that we offer full virtual consultations. These apply us to collaborate with you to curate inspiring mood boards and layout drawings.

We’re still very much on the path of getting back in touch with who we are as a small business. That’s why we have chosen to take this time to strip away the shine and block out the noise. We’re focusing on what brings us joy and our Klooftique Core. We are all but vibrating with new ideas and concepts. And we can’t wait to start creating again, once the lockdown is over. While we don’t want to say too much yet, we are looking forward to curating a new space for us to welcome our clients back to.

We’re surely not the only small business doing this. As such, we’d like to encourage all our clients to carry on supporting small businesses and help rebuild our economy.

Final Thoughts

Since we have plenty of time on our hands to do a lot of writing, we’d love to hear from you and what you’d like to read about?

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Pop Justine (shop@klooftique.com) and Katherine (showroom@klooftique.com) an email with possible topics you’d like us to explore.

Bear in mind that all the showroom stock is currently 20% off (catalogue available upon request). In addition, any new orders placed during lockdown will automatically qualify for a 15% discount.

From Emily and Oliver (the dapper Vizslas), Coco and Gigi (the cheeky rescues), Sally and Jasper (the lazy Tuxedo cats) and the Klooftique team; be safe, stay inside as we flatten the curve together.

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The Klooftique Core

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Who are we at our core?

2020 has been noted as a year for extensive reflection, with many making a concerted effort to do and be better. In an industry dominated by fast-trends and instant gratification, many businesses, like ours, have been reassessing who they are and considering new and innovative ways to keep up with growing giants.

After much review, we’ve realised that there was one thing that continuously rang true; we cherish our roots and it’s time to get back to them.

Klooftique began as a small, family-run antique store in 1973 and it was in this small store that the late Gerald Furman breathed life into forgotten pieces by carefully restoring them by hand.
46 years later, Klooftique still occupies the same premises and has become a respected brand synonymous with style, quality and sustainability.

We enjoy the client visits to Klooftique Cape Town’s showroom. And we love that we get to create an environment that facilitates a comfortable, unique shopping experience. Mostly, we do this as we understand that choosing a piece of furniture is not just about “choosing a piece of furniture”. We appreciate that your piece will become a part of your family and its many beloved memories. Cultivating valuable relationships with our Trade Clients has always been high o our priorities list. Today, our partners are confident in our ability to cater to them and their client, alike.

Our Team in Paarden Island

Our skilful artisans manufacture each piece at our factory in Paarden Island; the luxury of this being that clients can specify their fabric, leather, size and specifications – within reason, of course 😊

We absolutely adore what we do; from helping our clients choose a design and fabric, to hearing what our clients think of their pieces after delivery. Every piece is unique and comes with it’s own characteristics. All products are hand-made by our team of artisans at our humble factory in Paarden Island.

And that is who we are. That is what we will be redirecting our focus to again; getting back to core Klooftique.
Because, “Oos, Wes; Tuis Bes”

 

We look forward to sharing more with you over the coming weeks. Whether it’s a feature introducing the hands that built your furniture, or which fabric suits your space — watch this space for an array of must-read blogs.

Want to know more about Klooftique Cape Town? Contact us today for all your bespoke furniture needs. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.

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