Shopping in Joburg – Ten things to buy in Joburg

12 Oct 2017

Want to take a little bit of Joburg home with you? Here's our pick of some must-have items.

Long before anyone felt the love for Johannesburg, graphic designer Bradley Kirshenbaum dreamed up Love Jozi, a T-shirt brand celebrating the city’s uniqueness and iconic skyline in myriad products, including a signature key rack. Accept no substitutes for this authentic brand.
You can find Love Jozi at 44 Stanley in Milpark and online at

Joburg’s gritty streets catch the camera lens of I WasShot in Joburg, an innovative photography collective of young men from Hillbrow’s Twilight Shelter. Their photos decorate walls and notebooks. We also love their felt cushions, adorned with essential vocabulary.
Find them at Arts on Main in Maboneng (264 Fox Street) and at Rosebank Mall.

From being featured in Italian Vogue to winning 'the most beautiful object in South Africa’ title at this year's premier South African design gathering, 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 designs in show stopping clothing designs for him and her.
You can find Maxhosa at Work Shop New Town in Newtown.

Specialising in luxury African products, including a range of teas and beautifully packaged scented candles that capture the essence of African cities. The manly scent of the Joburg candle is full of sex appeal.
The Avoova store at Four Seasons the Westcliff sells Yswara's range of candles and teas. Yswara also has a store in The Cosmpolitan in Maboneng. For more see the official website

Supporting local enterprise this store stocks linen, ceramics, tableware, costume jewellery and homewares from essentials to luxury gifts and art pieces. You can expect charming service and great gifting advice plus impressive gift wrapping from the two sisters who own and run this store. Support for sustainable living and fair trade is part of the ethos here.
6 Dunkeld West Centre, cnr Jan Smuts Ave and Bompas Rd, Dunkeld West, +27 11 325 2225,

Highly covetable luxury handbags and purses that fuse Italian styling with ostrich, buffalo and python leather in kaleidoscopic colours.
Sandton City, 5th St, Sandton +27 11 783 6013, www.lorenzi.

This is an appointment-only destination for your diamond and tanzanite education – a perfect place to start your journey to purchasing one of these flawless beauties.
Email or call +27 82 441 2121 to book your appointment at their Sandton boutique.

This independent record label’s compilations and artist recordings capture the sounds of the city like no other. Our current favourite CD from their beautifully packaged series is Zamo | At Last, 13 classics masterfully reworked by Zamo Mbatha.
Buy the latest releases online at

The hat brand of choice for the hippest kids in town, created by Dean Pozniak, whose family has been in the millinery business for more than three generations. The most popular style is the Catherine, made using machinery from the 1960s and inspired by classic styles from a time when you were naked without a fine hat on your head.
See the official website to find your nearest stockist.

10. Ardmore Design
Fee Halsted set up Ardmore Farm in the late 1980s in rural Kwazulu-Natal. There she brought together Western ce- ramics techniques with African art, working with talented young artists to create mesmerising pieces, rich in colour and whimsy, delicately hand-painted, their witty designs inspired by the natural environment and local folkloric traditions. These pieces are now modern-day collectables. Ardmore Design translates the intricate hand-painted ceramic motifs into homeware fabrics and accessories.
Shop 17, Hyde Square, cnr Jan Smuts Ave and North Rd, Hyde Park, tel. +27 11 268 5865, Open 09:00 –17:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Associated Venues

Bryllianta Diamonds & Tanzanite

 16th Floor, Office 06, The Forum of Sandton Square (2 Maude St), Sandton Central


 6 Dunkeld West Centre, cnr Jan Smuts Ave and Bompas Rd, Dunkeld West

Work Shop New Town

 Cnr Miriam Makeba and Gwigwi Mrwebi Sts, Newtown (secure parking at Newtown Junction)

Ardmore Design

 Hyde Square, cnr Jan Smuts Ave and North Rd, Hyde Park

Maxhosa by Laduma

 Work Shop New Town, Cnr Miriam Makeba and Gwigwi Mrwebi Sts, Newtown


 The Cosmopolitan, 24 Albrecht St (cnr Commissioner St), Maboneng, City Centre


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