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hendrik vermeulen couture

Our Fashion House looks further than the latest trends in style. To us, Couture is an art form. It is about expression. Freedom. It is a philosophy that we live out through our creations.

We bring this philosophy to life by making each and every garment with extreme care – right from conception through to the very last stitch. This guarantees the exclusivity of each garment, as we take unbleached natural fibres, including the finest Silk, Linen, Wool or Cotton, and transform it by applying several processes depending on the desired end product.

These fabrics are manipulated and sculpted in our Atelier using state-of-the-art production techniques, such as dyeing, embroidery, beading, painting – all done by hand – digital printing, airbrushing, laser cutting and appliqué to name a few. All aimed at morphing the fabric into a unique piece of art.

The abundance of beauty provided by Mother Nature is the source of most of our inspiration. So, we make sure that the processes used to work our fabrics are the least harmful for the environment. We look after our planet by using natural, sustainable fibres and we use non-toxic fabric dyes where possible.

Join us as we explore beauty in all its forms, and celebrate it with us with a unique art piece you can call your own.

Using traditional hand-sewing techniques, we craft wearable art. Art that flatters your silhouette and emphasises your best qualities. Your bespoke garment is created to be worn like a second skin – to live with you, move with you, breathe with you. Each creation is as unique as you are.

Our couture Bridal Range, Les Ephémères, embodies our ethos, for your special day.

“Les Ephémères”, or ephemeral, in nature refers to a short-lived moment. Like an insect that spends its lifetime in a cocoon, to emerge in its winged form for only a day before transcending into its next phase. Taking inspiration from this euphoric moment of splendour, our wedding dresses are handmade and beautifully crafted over an extended period of time, ready to emerge with the bride on her wedding day to help her shine for one of the most precious moments of her life, before she moves on to the rest of the exciting journey ahead of her.

the team

meet the team

2009 marked the start of the Hendrik Vermeulen Couture Fashion House label and the opening of the first Atelier Couture in the outskirts of Cape Town. Word quickly spread, and the popularity of Hendrik’s bespoke creations necessitated a move to better premises in the heart of Cape Town’s Central Business District. This was the start of the current Boutique and Atelier, situated in the historical Heritage Square.

With it’s new location in the heart of Cape Town, the Vermeulen brand had the perfect platform from which to reach the rest of the world, and since 2014, it is regularly visible on the international catwalks of New York, Rome and Milan.

In March 2016, the Fashion House expanded its production capabilities by moving into a bigger creative space in the trendy Woodstock, while keeping their offices and showroom to receive private clientele in Heritage Square.

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    Hendrik Vermeulen

    Creative Director

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    Jean-Daniel Meyer

     Managing Director

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    Julia Engelhorn

     Non-Executive Director


The true backbone of Hendrik Vermeulen Couture. Our family of dedicated hands work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring Hendrik’s vision to life. Hendrik has trained each craftsman in the art of couture, but they also bring their own flair, skill set and many years of experience. Each and every employee takes pride in their work and their passion can be seen and is felt in the Atelier.

hendrik vermeulen collections 

please have a look at our collections below

Have a look at our previous collections and discover how they were presented on the fashion ramps around the world.

 And as we love stories, each collection as a tale to tell…

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contact us


A consultation can be booked online or by telephone at the numbers and email addresses below.

We are looking forward to being of assistance and to discuss your project with you.

Hendrik Vermeulen Couture

Heritage Square
73 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, 8001
+27 (0) 21 424 1686


Grand-Rue 37, 1204 Genève
+41 (0) 22 300 22 11 |

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