Breadtag Light Initiative by Cuppa for Cansa

Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd is a mostly women powered integrated communications agency, representing lifestyle, décor and green clients. Headed up by Lauren Shantall, one of the directors at Rock Girl – a South African charity aimed at encouraging, inspiring and investing in women and girls, the Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd team are passionate about making our country a beautiful place to live in.

Most recently, we are delighted to have welcomed under our umbrella, Breadtag Light – a resourceful lighting design project using bread tags to create colourful lampshades. Funds raised from this project are used to purchase wheel chairs for the disabled.

Cuppa for Cansa, we take our hats off and raise our teacups to your wonderful initiative!

Cuppa for Cansa Breadtag Light Initiative

Cuppa for Cansa Breadtag Light

Indigenus Appoints Cape Town Communications Agency Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd

Indigenus Appoints Cape Town Communications Agency

Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd is proud to add new local furniture brand Indigenus to its stable of clients. Indigenus is a premium range of designer planters brought to life by owner and visionary Peter van der Post and designed by acclaimed South African designers such as Gregor Jenkin, Haldane Martin and Wiid. Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd has been tasked with launching this new brand by managing publicity, media relations and communications.


Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd currently works with top local décor and lifestyle brands such as Plascon, Inhouse Brand Architects, Willowlamp and Probio, and thus meets Indigenus’s need for an agency with a rich design background. Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd is a Cape Town Communications Agency which spans social, digital and traditional marketing and perception management – focusing on design, décor and “green” clients.

Owner Lauren Shantall has many years of design experience including launching and managing the Freeworld Design Centre, judged “Best Design Concept in Cape Town” by House & Leisure magazine in December 2011, and managing the Design Indaba Expo. Previously the Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration, she is the recipient of Communication Arts Award (USA) as editor of Design Indaba Magazine. She welcomes Indigenus to her company stable and anticipates a positive market response for this premium range that has responded to a clear need in the hospitality décor market for beautiful, upmarket planters befitting 5-star destinations.

The Indigenus founder Peter Van der Post is a successful businessman with an eye for design and knack for spotting lifestyle trends. Peter runs several other successful businesses, namely, the popular Earth Fair Markets in Tokai and St Georges Mall, Cape Town, and Yin Design. He also founded the award-winning Ivy Blue Rotational Moulders. Peter’s vision is to see Indigenus become a desirable brand with global stature, fast-tracked by his new communications agency.

Looking Ahead to 2015 with Trendtalk

trendtalk invite

On the 11th of November 2014 the 9th trendtalk will take place at the Inner City Ideas Cartel Auditorium in Cape Town, hosted by Plascon and Inhouse Brand Architects. Previous trendtalks have given numerous well-known industry professionals in the décor, media, design and retail industries a platform to share their first-hand trend insights. This trendtalk promises yet another prolific line-up: Southern Guild founder Trevyn McGowan, John Sanei of Future Collective and trendtalk founder Lauren Shantall will all be presenting.

These industry shakers and shifters will be sharing visuals, provocative ideas and thoughts on lifestyle changes in line with the talk’s “Looking Ahead to 2015” theme. trendtalk#9 is open to all interested parties at no cost and will run from 15h30 to 17h00. The event, co-hosted by Plascon and Inhouse Brand Architects, is in aid of design charity, Rock Girl.  There is a voluntary donation at the door and all proceeds will go directly to Rock Girl.

Guests can look forward to a give-away from Elsje Designs and beverages supplied by Sir Fruit. Seating is “first come, first served”, so guests are advised to come early to secure a seat.


Trevyn McGowan


Trevyn McGowan has been a key figure in taking design forward in South Africa over the past 10 years. After running her own interior design company, Site Specific, for 9 years in London, Trevyn returned to South Africa where she and husband Julian McGowan, founded Source. Source is an agency responsible for exporting and promoting Southern African design to high-end international retailers.

Together they also founded Southern Guild, the Southern Guild Foundation and run Design Network Africa. Southern Guild represents limited edition design by South African designers and artists at international design fairs. Design Network Africa exists to alleviate poverty through design entrepreneurship. This year they went on to launch GUILD, Africa’s first international design fair in Cape Town and the Business of Design conference. Trevyn is also the curator at the new Watershed project at the V&A Waterfront.

John Sanei


John Sanei is a dynamic thought leader in the field of trend analysis and business strategy. His entrepreneurial spirit and unique energy has taken him from distributing high-end fashion products to owning some of South Africa’s busiest restaurants.

He is a sought after speaker and trusted advisor across many industries and his three-step program – Trenovate, Amplify and Share, forms the backbone of Future Collective, a company he co-founded in 2013. Future Collective is a pioneer in reprogramming businesses and brands, making sure they stay relevant, authentic and ahead of the curve in an ever-changing world.

Lauren Shantall


As the founder of trendtalk, Lauren is passionate about the relevance of trends. She is an award-winning journalist and has been involved in the design industry for many years, from being Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration magazine to Editor of Design Indaba magazine, as well as managing The Design Indaba Expo.

In 2010, Lauren launched the Freeworld Design Centre where she managed a team of decor stylists, consultants and interior designers and activated cultural events and exhibitions. Currently, she runs her own marketing and communications company, Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd. Lauren is also a Director of the design charity Rock Girl ( and sits on the content advisory committee of MODILA.

Mammoth Business Intelligence (BI) Names Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd as its Preferred Communications Agency for Business Intelligence and Big Data Conference

Mammoth Business Intelligence (BI) Integrated Communications Agency

Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd is proud to be managing the social media and communications for the two-day Mammoth Business Intelligence Conference held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on November 17 – 18, 2014. The two-day conference and workshop will house some of the world’s foremost thought leaders in Business Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics.


“The Mammoth Business Intelligence conference and workshop takes place over two days and serves to create a platform of improved understanding of Big Data. Innovating education and availability of knowledge on Business Intelligence we seek to bring you the best view of the future of BI. Be inspired by seeing the big picture of Big Data and what it can do for you” – Mammoth Business Intelligence Website

The Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd stable of clients also include top local décor and lifestyle brands such Plascon, Inhouse Brand Architects, Willowlamp, Indigenus, GreenFin/MediFin and Probio. Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd provides an integrated communications offering, spanning social, digital and traditional marketing and perception management, also focusing on design and environmental clients.

Head of Business Intelligence at Saratoga, Mammoth Business Intelligence Founder and Curator and self-proclaimed alchemist at TEDx Cape Town, Jason Haddock said, ‘The focus for the Mammoth BI Conference is to build a strong BI community in South Africa, dispel myths around conventional ideas on Big Data, create, and harvest a local community understanding in Business Intelligence’.