Mielie was born in 2002 around Adri Schutz's dining room table and since then has grown to a family of fifty proud South Africans. Their mission is to design and produce innovative, export-quality hand-crafted products using reclaimed materials - with the aim of creating employment and restoring dignity and financial independence to South Africans.

Passionate about job creation…

The employment created at Mielie is sustainable, and allows people to work from home. Their office, workshop and shop are in Newlands, Cape Town - but the majority of their products are created off site in the homes of their capable artists, in townships around the city (click here to meet the people).

Passionate about our planet…

Whilst retaining an international standard of quality, they are committed to making products that are environmentally conscious, using reclaimed materials wherever possible (click here for more information on their products and how they are made).

Passionate about design…

They are committed to excellent design, and are allergic to the idea of pity purchases. At Mielie, a product is only considered successful if it creates a job, is mindful of the environment - and is competitively and beautifully designed (click here to see some of their best work).

If you share their passions, and would like a deeper glimpse into the bright and courageous world of their fa.Mielie, click here.