Gertie’s Legacy is a quaint fabric and alterations shop situated in the heart of Gansbaai. Elza Engelbrecht offers townsfolk a clothing alteration service of the highest standard, tailoring and repairing ladies, mens and childrens clothing. The cosy shop serves as a showcase for her daughter Ger-Marié’s highly popular and sought-after range of Overberg inspired, hand-printed, silkscreen cotton fabrics. These textiles are sold per meter as well as being used to make an affordable selection of soft furnishings which are on sale in the shop.
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Gertie's Legacy was originally created by Elza Engelbrecht to showcase her daughter Ger-Marié Engelbrecht’s hand-printed, Overberg inspired fabric range. Ger-Marié studied textile design and technology and worked for various retail outlets such as Jenni Button of the platinum group, afterwhich she has been working as a freelance textile designer. Due to South Africa's shrinking textile industry, this mother and daughter duo saw a gap in the market and when the chance arose to rent premises that had once housed the legendary ‘Barendas Kontant Modewinkel’ (1951 - 2007), Gertie's Legacy was born. Elza named the venture after her mom who was highly skilled in all house-crafts and whose talents Elza and Ger-Marié no doubt inherited.