The Philip Pikus philosophy.
Design with a Conscience
The Philip Pikus brand is all about quality and understated luxury. Furthermore it’s a brand with a powerful ethos, deeply entrenched in a philosophy of responsibility, awareness & sustainability… we’re all about designing with a conscience.
At the heart of everything we do, is our undertaking to source responsibly, ethically, and wherever possible, locally.
The Contemporary Classics range is proudly made in South Africa! We are currently sourcing over 85% of our raw materials locally…something we are very proud of!
Furthermore, a portion of the profit from every meter of fabric sold will be donated to a cause close to the heart of the Philip Pikus brand. Giving back is an important part of our ethos.
The man behind the name.
Celebrated South African designer Philip Pikus’ design journey has come full circle.
At the tender age of 19 Philip started his interior design business whilst studying interior design at the Greenside Design Centre in Johannesburg.
Years later, after a long and successful stint in the States, Europe and the Middle East, he found himself in fashion and established the award-winning fashion brand ‘Bitter Chocolate’ in Cape Town.
A few years ago Philip moved back into interiors and brings 25 years of design experience into the development of this, his first fabric collection.
Philip’s extensive experience in both fashion and interior design, have provided him with a sound understanding of the design process, as well as the technical insight, essential to creating a fabric collection. His refined eye for both colour and texture, combined with his love of natural fibres is strongly evident.
When not entrenched in the design industry, Philip’s dogs are his world. As a fierce advocate of animal rights, his ever-growing pack of rescue dogs is evidence of his passion for this cause. Philip’s empathy doesn’t stop here; he’s also a campaigner for green issues and against human injustices.
Philip believes we should be asking important questions about our purchases and the impact they have on our world. Does it empower and uplift people and communities? Does it care for the environment? Is there compassion for animals? An enduring sense of integrity and moral conscience are crucial to asking the right questions when making informed purchase decisions.
“Knowledge is a very powerful thing and an informed consumer is able to make decisions that have a huge impact on our world’, says Philip.
He goes on to say, “There’s a quote that really resonates with my work with rescue dogs: ‘I always wondered why someone doesn’t do something about that until I realised I am someone’”.
Philip feels this quote applies equally to the ethos behind the Philip Pikus brand, adding, “No matter the question, kindness is always the answer”.