Support Local: Saint & Summer
SAINT&SUMMER was created much in the same way it’s now run – captivated by their local surroundings and based on a friendship foundation 20 years deep. It was in 2013 during the humid heat that is Durban in December, that they began piecing together the vision for their business.
We sat down with Julia and Roxy to find out more about the local brand.
1) How did Saint & Summer start?
We’ve been friends for years; long before we ever considered starting a designer footwear business together. Throughout the years, our shared love for fashion, swimwear, clothing and well, just a generally obsessive interest in all things stylish… made it a pretty easy move to start SAINT&SUMMER together.
We’re both beach obsessed, and one balmy Durban Summer, we got chatting about how to turn our passion into something adventurous. We wanted to share our love for style with our friends and other fashion-forward ladies out there. And so SAINT&SUMMER was born.
Sun kissed bodies, vibrant sunsets, punchy cocktail umbrellas and sandy hues became the mood board for our first SAINT&SUMMER’s range of matte jelly sandals – and now 5 years in – we’ve just launched an exciting swoon-worthy AW19 range that has everything from two-toned sneakers to studded block heels, sheen prints and leopard skin slip-ons.
2) What makes your brand proudly Urbanite?
We’re for everyone. All the looks, all the sass, all the versatility that the modern woman needs to rock her own unique sense of style. Our styles can be paired with any outfit. So whether it’s a pair of skinny tight jeans or a flowing boho-dress, the shoes fit!
Our SAINT&SUMMER shoes are easy to wear, easy to pair and have longevity with wearable fabrics, on-trend patterns and styles, and creative colour palettes that mix with every season.
3) What sets your brand apart from others?
We’re really passionate about fashion and we source shoes that we know we would be proud to wear any day of the week. It’s important to us that the shoes burst with personality and style because you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes J.
Our SAINT&SUMMER styles are super versatile too, and can take you right through from the morning to evening with their on-trend looks. Which is why comfort is also very key.
4) Would you consider a mens range in the future, or is it only for women?
We haven’t before but as our brand grows we are actually being asked this question a lot more frequently… so who knows, anything is possible
5) What is your vision with Saint & Summer?
To give fashionable women a unique way to express their individuality through style, in comfort, and within budget.
6) How can we purchase a pair? Online or in store?
We have an online store where fans can browse the ranges and purchase our shoes online at www.saintandsummer.co.za We also have a list of stockists on our site, detailing all the stores that stock and sell SAINT&SUMMER shoes so customers can have a look and see which stockists are in their area if they want to go and try on or browse the styles.
7) Do you have any advice for first time business starters?
Very simply… get dirty, work hard, be ready for mistakes It’s all a part of the journey.
View their range online at www.saintandsummer.co.za