The story of Daddy & Fox has its origins in the year of the millennium. It began when my darling mom had to undergo a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Caught unawares, I had to do some serious last minute scrambling to find a decent pair or two of cotton pyjamas for her long stay in the isolation unit at a Cape Town hospital. I wanted her to feel as comfortable and as beautiful as one could possibly feel under such circumstances.
Given the fact that we sleep most of our lives, one would’ve thought that there would’ve been a plentiful supply of decent choices and that it would’ve been a relatively easy task to find feminine, snugly comforting pyjamas. However, as glad as I was to do it, I became disillusioned, only to discover that this somewhat arduous task became a challenging “labour of love”. Sadly I never did find what I was looking for and had to settle for something mediocre.
Shortly after admission to hospital, at the young age of 51, my precious Mom lost her brave battle with cancer and the final chapter of her life came to an end. I was shattered and slowly began the process of piecing my broken life back together.
Through many twists and turns, ups and downs, my journey of self-love, self-care and self-nurturing began and culminated in the realization that, as humans, we go out of our way to project an image to the outside world. We do so primarily through our choices and material possessions – the homes and areas in which we live, the clothes we wear, the vehicles we drive – and the places we frequent. I also became aware of how little attention we pay to how we feel when we are alone – those moments when we are ensconced in our safe havens, taking refuge from the world outside. I for one, would choose an ancient T-shirt, with a pair of equally ancient tracksuit pants to wear to bed!
The years whizzed by and my little girl grew up, bringing into our lives a new phenomenon: bodies of sleepy teenagers littered all over the house! Suddenly, my safe haven became a boarding house and needless to say, my (previously secret) range of “tatty” sleep attire was out in the open for everyone to view – and for the second time in my life, a great need for gorgeous sleepwear arose. It was a final nudge towards seeking out smarter alternatives to my tired, familiar “relaxed wear” – and it was time to indulge my senses and set off in search of my dream.
To cut my long story short, however, I could not find beautifully made, comfortable sleepwear in fabulous fabrics. I was looking for something that would make the female species feel pampered, confident, exotic, sophisticated, unique, tasteful and expressive – with the overriding emphasis on comfort. I yearned for patterns and designs that would delight the eye, textures that would seduce the soul…sensual fabrics that would caress the skin and styles that would gently embrace the body to induce luxurious lounging and lazing.
Inspired by the words of author Toni Morrison who declared “If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”, the Daddy & Fox journey began in earnest…
Our small but dynamic team, consisting of myself, my daughter Jessica (now all grown up!) and our amazing seamstresses headed by Florence, pride ourselves on designing and making all of our luxury garments in my hometown of Stellenbosch. Today, at Daddy & Fox, we are redefining lounge and sleep wear, creating not only sumptuously comfortable garments in the Winelands, but also paying immaculate attention to detail, whilst always maintaining a signature air of sophistication and style. Slipping into reverie has never been such an endearing experience. We harness long-forgotten construction methods to complement our main objective, which is to create beautifully made garments in a sustainable and lasting way. Our distinctive pieces straddle the divide between sleep and street wear effortlessly – we believe in creating clothes of the utmost quality in fine imported fabrics from India. Our premium silk range is the epitome of luxury and timelessness, including hand-painted printed textile designs and pure natural monochromatic palettes. Slip or step into absolute reverie, whichever you prefer.
Inspired by classic films, books and good, well-made clothing, slow living and self-nurturing, the Daddy & Fox collection strives to fulfil one in those moments of complete reverie, retreating, regrouping, reclining and rejuvenation.