How it’s made …Ghanaian glass

Our latest collection Shaman recently hit the shelves of our KG stores and we thought we would share with you where our unique glass beads came from. Back in April, Kirsten traveled to Accra, the capital city of Ghana, for some much-needed inspiration and discovered the traditional technique of making Ghanaian glass. Deep within Accra, the process of making glass beads takes time and care with each bead made entirely by hand. The beads are made from recycled glass which is crushed by hand and fired in a kiln before the makers delicately hand-paint each bead in an array of different colours and traditional patterns.

With ropes of Ghanaian glass in hand, Kirsten returned to the dream-room and the story of Shaman began…

The collection draws on influences of tribal adornment, the natural versus the supernatural and magical forces. With colour and texture playing a key role in the collection, the organically formed traditional glass combined with faceted cut semi-precious stones and highly polished metal create a beautiful juxtaposition.

Each piece from the collection that features Ghanaian glass is entirely unique to itself and cannot be reproduced >> speak to your nearest store or email for availability.

Ropes of hand painted Ghanaian glass beads

The yard full of recycled glass ready for crushing!

Glass is sorted into colours and crushed into tiny pieces

Stacks of crucibles (bead molds that can withstand the heat of the furnace)

Star shaped bead mold

Crucibles being fired in the kiln

Painting the beads

Intricately hand painting details onto each bead

Sticks of hand painted beads waiting to be fired in the kiln again

Mountains of hand painted Ghanaian glass beads!

Kirsten with the master bead maker choosing glass beads for Shaman

Top Billing

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the world of KG? The team at Top Billing were keen to find out so met with Kirsten to discover where it all began. Meeting at her humble abode, The Top Billing team then followed Kirsten to our Durban studio to explore the showroom, dream-room and to meet the KG production team.
Watch the feature on Thursday 5th June @ 8.30 pm on SABC 3!

Sophie Stephens creates a #graphicexplosion at 29 Holland Street

29 Holland street has been transformed into an illustrated cave thanks to the super talented Sophie Stephens!
London-based illustrator Sophie already has an impressive fashion back catalogue including the likes of Henry Holland and Selfridge’s, it’s no surprise that we were eager to get her involved in the re-design of our London boutique. Sophie specialises in black pen work and covered an entire wall with illustrated versions of Kirsten’s Instagram images. From the KG team to the latest collections, Sophie’s illustrated wall gives a visual insight into the world of KG. Teamed with deep grey walls and bright yellow plinths, 29 Holland Street now embodies the KG image. Sophie we adore you!

Sophie Stephens website

Three #arcade minutes

The arcade film has launched! After 3 exclusive screening’s across our South Africa boutiques, Arcade the film is now here for you social media fanatics to feast your eyes on!

Watch 3 minutes of racy, electric decadence right here! Click the image to open vimeo link…

Behind a great film there is always a great production team! We hooked up with some of the most incredibly creative and hard-working folk that Cape Town had to offer, there’s no way we were going to do anything on a small scale! Here’s a few shots of the behind the scenes shenanigans…

It’s a Instagram life

We can’t stop instagraming! #obsessed

The hottest social media platform is the perfect way for us to share the daily musings of Team KG. From events to round the world trips – our Instagram is a colourful mix of everything we love, everywhere we go and everyone we meet!

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We LOVE to see how you style your KG! Tag your own snaps with #kirstengoss