Lifestyling.co.za: Jessica Rushmere: hatching a swan
Lifestyling.co.za features Jessica Rushmere, the owner of Swan Café.
Swan Café is a Parisian-style crêperie located in the heart of Cape Town, the beautiful brainchild of Jessica Rushmere – former international model, personal fashion and style consultant and the first owner of another successful café-meets-bakery in De Waterkant, La Petite Tarte. Lanky, elegant and stylish (in the way that only the French can pull off), Jessica is the embodiment of the swan.
Driven by the love of her home nation, a desire to share her culture, a strong sense of style and aesthetic and a steadfast trust in her intuition, Swan is the culmination of a years-long vision and obsession of Jessica’s. For her, passion and detail are what matter most.
“Every detail was important,” she tells us, “but I also had to be on top of every detail. I’m a pain in the bum actually!”
It was fundamental for her that everything be locally sourced. When it came to the food menu, she insisted on seasonal and she works hard to bring on board only high quality, ethical and artisanal suppliers – from her coffee, which comes from Kalk Bay micro-roaster Damn Fine Coffee, and speciality tea, which is blended exclusively for Swan in collaboration with Nigiro Tea Merchants, to sourcing all fresh ingredients from local farmers.
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Photography: Micky Hoyle
Originally published: 24 August 2020