Mielie Meisie is a local, proudly Durban brand of handbags by our very own Jane Kilian aka GI Jane personal training (gijane_zn). Jane is that girl, the one who makes you feel proud of her and kak about yourself at the same time. She is a personal trainer, entrepreneur, is involved in various charity initiatives, does a million other things and still manages to constantly look like a dime piece. Plus she has a cake habit that rivals my own. Woman after my own heart.
Jane started Mielie Meisie because she wanted to do something that was proudly South African since everything she sticks with It’s a Bling Thing is imported. Jane also has a friend that works as a domestic worker, she has a little boy and Mielie Meisie is Jane’s way of giving them a hand up and saving towards the little one’s future.
Her Mielie Meisie range of clutch, envelope and sling bags are the cutest, with interesting and unique, quirky designs. I bid on this beauty in her CANSA auction and was rather chuffed with myself because I have been admiring it from afar for so long now.
The material for these were sourced in Mumbai. The Damask print maroon Bollywood clutch is my favourite of the bunch.
And special mention to these Protea printed oversized clutch bags. I can’t decide which colour I like more. This print is also available in the sling bag style. I seem to be reaching for sling bags more and more because they’re so convenient an force me to carry only the essentials. With a tote or shopper I pile everything in and end up with back and shoulder ache.
Anyway enough about my quarter life crisis, if you want to view the bags yourself follow them on Instagram @MielieMeisie. Also follow Jane’s sister company @ItsaBlingThingSA on Instagram for accessories and clothing. You will also find It’s a Bling Thing and Mieleie Meisie products at Market At The Square in Umhlanga.