Here's our guide to the finest handcrafted local luxury items to add to your shopping wishlist.
ACCESSORIESHandbags by Via La Moda
For luxury addicts, exclusive leather accessories label Via La Moda’s showroom is a must-stop on any Joburg itinerary offering up an enormous array of finely crafted handbags and other leather accessories in a glorious arrangement of vibrant colours, shapes and textures, many of them collectors items. From handbags to purses, and leather belts, each item is made with care and precision from the most exclusive leathers, and stitched in the pristine workshop overseen by Austrian-born designer Hanspeter Winklmayr whose family have been in the leather business for generations.
19 Banfield Rd, Roodepoort, tel. +27 11 477 8008, vialamoda.com
Scarves by L'Mad
L'Mad creates beautiful wearable contemporary artworks with their exclusive silk scarves for him and her printed with works by South African artists and designers. Director Lucy MacGarry curates an evolving collection of limited edition scarves in silk chiffon, cashmere or twill that can be found at the Guillotine boutique in 44 Stanley.
44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, tel. +27 79 739 9265, lmadcollection.com
Luggage by Melvill and Moon
The Melvill family are besotted with all things safari, especially vintage collectibles, and specialise in fine hand-crafted accessories and luggage in leather and safari canvas. At their showroom in the Kramerville design district, there are so many items to choose from but no self-respecting explorer should leave home without the Serengeti Sundowner, a leather tote with six wine glasses safely stored to prevent breakages (R2 700) or a leather bird book cover with removable shoulder strap for your Roberts or Newmans bird guides.
4 Desmond St, Kramerville, melvillandmoon.com
CLOTHINGCustommade shirts from Five8ths
Elizabeth Kading's Five8ths tailoring studio in 44 Stanley specialises in custom-made shirts that are made to last. You get to choose your fabric, mainly cottons and linens from Italy, Japan, and South Africa. Fittings will follow and soon you’ll have a form-fitting shirt made for your body and style.There is a small selection of high-quality shirts you can buy straight from the rail and handmade accessories such as ties, bowties and pocket squares made from the high-quality fabrics.
44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, tel. +27 79 739 9265, five8ths.com
Knitwear by Maxhosa by Laduma
From being featured in Italian Vogue and mentioned on Beyonce's blog to being sold at the exclusive Le BHV/Marais department store in Paris, this South African designed knitwear brand is making waves globally. Founded in 2010 by Laduma Ngxokolo, the range is inspired by manhood rituals of the South African Xhosa people, and Ngxokolo uses patterns, beadwork and symbolism from this rich culture in his modern contemporary clothing designs for him and her.
High fashion from Leopard Frock
One of South Africa's most original and enduring fashion designers, Marianne Fassler's design style is bold, eclectic and electric, using vibrant colours and African-inspired motifs. Many have likened her design process to something closer to the process of creating artworks than fashion design and Leopard Frock, her studio and showroom in suburban Saxonwold, is an immersive dress-up space filled with rich colour and detail.
34 Engelwold Dr, Saxonwold, tel. +27 11 646 8387, leopardfrock.co.za
Beaded necklaces by Marigold Beads
Marigold’s hand-loomed beaded necklaces are the result of an extraordinary collaboration between Joburg-based artist and sculptor Joni Brenner and women’s cooperative Marigold, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Each necklace is a marvel of colour, geometry and masterful even tension, the symmetry of uniformly shaped seed beads (sourced from Czech Republic and Japan) as satisfying to the touch of the wearer as it is to the eye of all those who end up admiring the pieces. New colour combinations and patterning are continually introduced so the pieces are collectible, and inexplicably one necklace demands a companion, and then another. You can find the Marigold Beads range at Kim Sacks Gallery in Parkwood.
Kim Sacks Gallery, 153 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, +27 11 447 5804, marigoldbeads.com
GIFTS AND HOMEWARE
Fabrics from Ardmore Design
Ardmore Design is a luxury African brand that translates the intricately patterned, brightly coloured and whimsical art of hand-painting found on the highly collectable Ardmore Ceramics range items into design and decor items that include tablecloths, wall-hangings, cushions covers, place mats, handbags, stationery and even furniture.
Hyde Square, cnr Jan Smuts Ave and North Rd, Hyde Park, tel. +27 11 268 5865, ardmore-design.com