five8ths is a beautiful shoppe in Mobeneng. Around the corner form the busyness of the other retailers in Mainstreet Life, is Maverick Corner a small hub on 300 Commissioner street. In this square is a door that opens to a quaint sewing workshop and store of Elizabeth Kading, the owner of five8ths.
The main counter is filled with beautiful patterned linen ties and pocket squares. Instantly attracted by the aesthetic arrangements, I glance around the small shop which is clearly inspired with vintage decor. Paper patterns of shirts hang beside the incomplete garments. Elizabeth, an American designer, tells of her story and love of sewing and design. She explains that five eighths is the sewing convention of latter times, that represent the craftsmanship of bespoke garments. All fabrics are high in quality to equal that of the sewing convention.
Elizabeth reveals an obvious delight in her trade, she explains that the ties are folded over seven times, alluding to a foreign knowledge and understanding of early 20th century methods. The style of her products follow the same trend of old-school style, quality–the dandy gentleman. This is a real gem in Johannesburg that offers stylish garments for the more refined man or anyone who has an appreciation for a dapper craftsmanship. Take a look at the website for more details.
300 Commissioner Street