Hi, I’m Lee Ruffel, Cape Town born and bred, I live in Noordhoek, a mum to two fabulous children and wife to a one of a kind man.
The concept of W E E V came about with my on going basket obsession. My poor husband, forever entertaining my fetish, and humouring me, as I slowly but surely fill our home with all things décor. I have a particular passion for woven goods, hence our name being W E E V. Weevil, also a nickname for my husband as a young boy who couldn’t keep his hands out of things. The name seems fitting in so many ways!! Baskets on the walls, in the bedrooms, in the cupboards, outdoors, all over, needless to say our home is a wonderful tribute to the many talented weavers out there. I am forever captivated and so very impressed, by the incredible pieces I manage to find. The patterns, colours, design, and quality, it’s astounding to think that people can create such beauty from natural fibres and from their own bare hands.
I decided I had to create a platform from where I could show case and celebrate such incredible craftsmanship, experiment with my own ideas and designs, and at the same time, help to support the hardworking weavers, their families and hopefully their communities. Compassion, gratitude, kindness, humility, all very important to me, and what better way to encompass these into my life by starting a small business with the firm goal to never loose site of exactly where every special piece comes from , the time, effort and skill involved in making each item, and to acknowledge, support, and uplift the people responsible. Imagine for every item purchased, you knew a portion of the proceeds went towards something needed by the community? It is my mission to slowly grow the business to allow me to get there. I am so motivated to try and make a difference……… and of course service my own selfish passion for baskets, well.. all things woven! Im feeling so excited and inspired as we grow and learn, and realise a long time dream!