A signature of Victoria Yards, the location of knitwear brand Wrapt's studio, is that you get to meet the maker of goods and also see the process of making. This is not the place to seek out fast fashion. It's where you get to consider the impact of how things are made, adding a layer of meaning that will be evoked each time you take one of Wrapt's garments into your hands. Plus they feel so good to the touch. Another special feature is that because you are in the heart of a maker's studio, you get to customise your order. 

Started by Hannelie Bekker, Wrapt is what happened after, as she puts it, a couple of eventful decades in the broadcast industry  where she developed "an irresistible urge to spend my days doing something concrete... something tangible... something, well, wearable!"

Referring to her Afrikaans family background and its ties to traditional textile arts Bekker says: "I guess my boeremeisie roots asserted themselves, because the next thing I knew I'd started hand knitting (having last done it under duress for school), and then I learnt machine knitting – and then one thing led to another and I started a knitwear business."

Wrapt is a specialist in manufacturing high-quality knitwear. While South Africa produces high-quality wools including merino, mohair and cotton, there are few high-quality knitwear producers, says Bekker. Wrapt is all about creating beautiful pieces using sustainable fibres, and the brand's designs and production have found its way to the collections and fashion week catwalks of a number of top local designers, including Clive Rundle, Lunar and Klipa Denim. 

At the studio you'll find a small range of knits but your garment can be made to order in your size and colour with the promise of delivery within 5-10 working days. Each piece made by Wrapt is knitted at Victoria Yards and then finished by hand. The only way to describe that is ... special. 
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Open 09:00–17:00, Sat, Sun by appointment only (the shop is open during First Sundays at Victoria Yards).


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