I’ve been harassing Katy from Doktor and Misses (Joburg based label and store) all week for an interview. The poor lady is stuck in New York. No doubt attending loads of hipster parties, shopping in underground boutiques and rubbing shoulders with Chloe Sevigny in some Williamsburg bar. I feel her pain… Glad i’m stuck in Cape Town with its jolly old winter drizzle. Any how according to Joburg fashion kids that know, Doktor and Misses are the saviours of Joburg cool and destined for world domination. This is what they sent me… (must say i’m particulary intrigued by the “Bauhaus meets Dr Alban” Jewellery, frickin awesome)

Me: Who you are and what should people know about you (particularly out of towners like me)?

Katy: Dokter and Misses the label = Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin

Dokter and Misses store = owners Adriaan Hugo, Joe Paine and Katy Taplin.

Dokter and Misses is a playground for the owners as well as like-minded designers. We stock local products (with exception to Paez from Argentina). The label Dokter and Misses (Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin) covers lighting, fashion, ceramics, and accessories. Established in 2005 as a platform for the two designers’ collaborative projects it has grown from a range of cardboard handbags into a shop at 44 Stanley Avenue in Millpark, Johannesburg (opened with furniture designer Joe Paine in November 2007). Dokter and Misses is a playground for graphic experimentation. If you can put a pattern on it, they will.

The DOKTER AND MISSES store carries the following brands:

Adriaan Hugo, DOKTER AND MISSES, Joe, Me and Joe, and Paez. We also stock music, art and literature!


Me: What do you do, who you do it with and when?

Katy: We design and manufacture clothing, accessories, and furniture. We work with ceramist Margaret Hugo on our ceramics. The store recently hosted seven designers and their T-shirts. (Adriaan hugo, The Fugitive, Givan Lotz, Joe, pamela-Jane and Whatkatydid. We work on new products constantly and introduce them to the shop as soon as they’re ready to keep things fresh.

Me: What made you do it?

Katy: We needed an outlet that we could have control over. It’s important to us that our products are sold in the right environment. We aren’t mass producing anything and it’s tough to supply another outlet that way. We like build personal relationships with our clients – it’s nice to see who buys your products as well as for them to see who made them. Our approach is hands on.

Me: What’s new and what should we look out for?

Katy: Well the T-shirts are new and you should look out for them at Whatiftheworld design studio in Cape Town. Adriaan is expanding his range to coffee tables and cork stools.

Our website is in development but you can find our store hours, contact details and directions to the store here: http://dokterandmisses.withtank.com