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Stories by Alon Edition 6 

Alon Shina

Posted on November 01 2020

Stories by Alon Edition 6 

Time flies by…. Even during Corona time!  Who would believe that 8 months ago my stores were booming, tourists were flying between visiting Cape Town and Tel Aviv or wherever!  I too was planning a year of kitesurfing, design, trips to Jaipur and of course the usual travel between my 2 stores and to visit my children.  It has certainly been an amazing time to reflect and reinvent and even allowing me to restart my business journey.  For those who have loyally read my weekly newsletters and even bought online, thank you so much and for those of you new to my modern story telling… welcome!  You can catch up on my past stories on my blog here.


My wife keeps nagging me to do podcasts… I will have to pluck up the courage and work on my video skills.  So with no further ado…. I will carry on where I left off on my personal journey of design, manufacturing and some personal stories. In 2005 My stone collection and designs improved. I had so many return customers, both local and international. With this success The Waterfront in Cape Town offered me a fantastic store space. I opened my first real store! It was a real challenge running the store and my workshop in the craft market. It meant, more staff and increased manufacturing. I seem to have been growing up!  With this came new adventures. 

ALON SHINA GALLERY - CAPE TOWN 2005

I travelled with my wife to Mexico many times to work with award winning Silversmiths and artists, bringing fresh designs and stones from Central America. The journeys to Mexico were amazing – the food, the colour, the markets, the margueritas, the tequilas, and of course the silver and designs.


I travelled with my wife to Mexico many times to work with award winning Silversmiths and artists, bringing fresh designs and stones from Central America. The journeys to Mexico were amazing – the food, the colour, the markets, the margueritas, the tequilas, and of course the silver and designs.


Our journeys began in the Central square of Mexico City – flying from South Africa to Mexico takes days!  We would arrive at the crack of dawn and head out for a coffee at the local bakery and observe the city waking up. It was magical. The 12 hour bus ride would take us to Taxco high up in the central mountains, famous for its silver jewelry and design. The highlight of our trips to Mexico were the Saturday Markets when 100s of silversmiths selling their personal work. I met one such artist Ezequiel Tapia an exquisite award winning silver sculptor.  The warmth of the Mayan people, will remain close to my heart.



TAXCO - MEXICO
Known for its incredible silversmiths and sculptors.


This is our Mexican Style Cape Town home for 23 years – recently sold (heartbreaking)! 
We moved a container of hand made tiles to decorate our kitchen and bathrooms in Cape Town! We painted our home an anchovy chili colour and the Frida Kahlo blue. 


Toni my wife is hooked on Frida and feel free to browse the shoes she had made by Cape Town shoe designer Caryn Wilensky.  

Shoes $150 and Bags from $50 Please email alon@alonshina.com if you are interested in the bags or shoes.

Have a great weekend!
One love,
Alon


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