Our office space is a very lovely one – we’re surrounded by talented and creative people, Wolf & Maiden being one of them. It’s a creative studio that designs and manufactures beautiful handmade products. We found out more from owner Wade Ross Skinner:
Who’s on the team?
I own and run it alone but the backbone of the business is the people who work for Wolf & Maiden. I have an incredible team of exceptional craftspeople who are essential to realising the designs and visions I dream up.
How would you describe yourself?
Ambitious, self-assured, spontaneous, gentle.
And your designs?
I have always felt a deep affinity with the Scandinavian and Japanese approach to design, that is function over form with the emphasis on rich materials. I only use organic materials as I feel they have a certain resonance that we subconsciously relate to.
What are you currently busy with?
Sjoe, about 4 000 things! But our focus is on getting out our leather Wolfpack backpack, which we have been working on for some time. It is made with no stitching or glue, much like the Tsuyoi wallet. We are also working on a Safari line of products for high-end Safari lodges.
I love the simplicity of the Tsuyoi wallet. It’s so simple it’s obvious, but at the same time truly unusual. The shape of the Gurdjieff desk with it’s slightly tapered legs is something I love too. Working on it is a real joy for me.
The Tsuyoi wallet
The Gurdjieff desk
Whose home would you most like to visit?
There are too many to mention, but they would all be in Japan!
What’s next for Wolf & Maiden?
I have big plans! I really would like to grow the brand locally, which feeds into my real passion to open flagship stores around the world to showcase and promote South African craft and design. An ever-expanding product offering is the start.
A few of our favourites:
The Kerouac Duffel in tan and black.
Table Mountain Ashtray and Hand Grenade Mug
NEWSFLASH: Wolf & Maiden is opening shop on the ground floor at the Woodstock Exchange at the end of August. It will be their flagship store and we are told it’s going to be pretty damn cool.
Visit the store at The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. View their website for the full product range at wolfandmaiden.com or email email@example.com.
Wolf & Maiden is sold at The Old Biscuit Mill every Saturday as well as Haas in Bo-Kaap. In Jozi, you’ll find Wolf & Maiden at The Modernist in Parkhurst. If you ever get to Berlin – look out for their designs at the District Six Store.
Photographs: Wolf & Maiden