Just Like Papa is both a step back and a leap forwards in time. It would be equally at home in the Badlands or the streets of Ginza, but incredibly it’s in Cape Town’s Harrington Street. And it’s popping up at Littlegig in the form of a big black box that unravels at sunset to become a campfire experience. Like, a cooler-than-cool, hipper-than-hip, realer-than-real campfire experience, because Just Like Papa is like that. Fires are lit with flints. Walls are rubbed with burnt pine to achieve the perfect matt black. Craft meets design and goes camping.  

JISLAAIK  WHO?
‘Just Like Papa’ isn’t just an outdoor store or a camping shop…it’s a haven that celebrates and collects items of adventure that have been made properly, forged in the fires of a type of craftsmanship which has all but fled from this world. It’s a concept borne of a love for adventure and self-reliance. It embraces taking on projects done by hand. It’s about fixing things; making things; getting your hands dirty the way your granddad did. It’s the flick of a knife, the strike of a match, a change of a tyre. It’s lacing up the old boots without dusting them off and shouting ‘timber’ instead of buying the wood. It’s bringing tales of the great outdoors back to the city, but more importantly, having all the tools necessary to make life in the city feel more like the great outdoors.

HOW DID LITTLEGIG GET YOUR HARD-TO-WIN APPROVAL?
“Littlegig’s setting is most magnificent. With challenges, which is what attracted us to the project – we like a solid challenge. It’s easy to put together a space, but a space that captures what we stand for in a temporary setting takes a lot more conceptual thinking. ‘Build it beautiful’ has been out guiding principle.” – Thomas Ferreira

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
A black box full of adventure. By day, an enclosed cabin which blends in with the environment, and by night, the perfect campfire scenario: Swedish lanterns, moer koffie and single malt whiskey in the company of good blokes.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I don’t need therapy. I just need to go camping.