How Caryn Wilensky built her handmade shoe design brand, Coast & Koi, one step at a time.

If Matisse and Marie Antoinette were to have met across the time-space continuum, they would have both felt equally at home in the tiny showroom of Coast & Koi.

Housed in a ground-floor garage of one of the apartment blocks that look out over the ocean in Cape Town’s Sea Point neighbourhood, it is an Aladdin’s Cave stacked from floor to ceiling with ballet pumps of every persuasion (metallic, leather, sequined, velvet, beribboned and bedecked).

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