2016 Final position: 49
In recent years, Karin Rae Matthee’s jewellery range, Dear Rae, has gone from relatively unknown, to adorning South Africa's most stylish. Delicate hand-molded metals like gold and brass come together with semi-precious and precious stones to produce beautifully pared-back collections. Each range starts with a concept, such as tropical plants or the novel Life of Pi, then Karin works tirelessly at the bench with a team of skilled, hand-picked manufacturers to bring her imagination to life. Since 2012, her team has grown to seven and Dear Rae has moved forward in leaps and bounds to establish itself as one of Cape Town’s favourite jewellery brands.
For Karin, her venture has always been about so much more than producing pieces of jewellery. From the beginning, she’s wanted to give meaning to the creative and manufacturing process, and continues to train up previously disadvantaged people to join the business.