Where to shop in Joburg – April 2024

03 May 2024
Whether you’re a thrifter, collector, or designer-label enthusiast, you can be sure that somewhere in Joburg there is something new for you. Every month we scout out shopping hot spots, pop-ups, and the latest labels that may not yet be on your radar… 

MaXhosa x Fieldbar

Fieldbar colours and structure fuse with MaXhosa patterns and embroidery. Photo: MaXhosa via Instagram.

Fieldbar cooler boxes have become a must-have accessory for a stylish day out in Johannesburg.  During a strategy meeting for the 2024 MaXhosa MXS Kulture Festival, Laduma Ngxokolo, the founder of MaXhosa Africa, fell in love with a navy Fieldbar cooler box. He decided to reach out to Fieldbar, who were also keen to collaborate. The result of this collaboration is the classic Fieldbar cooler box structure with an added MaXhosa embroidered pattern strap. Although the boxes are currently sold out online, lucky attendees of this year's MaXhosa MXS Kulture Fest were able to get their hands on one.

Head over heels: Crystal Birch opens at 44 Stanely

Hat connoisseur, Crystal Birch. Photo: Crystal Birch via Instagram.

Joburg fans of internationally celebrated hat-maker and sartorial powerhouse Crystal Birch can get their hands on her highly anticipated new collection A:HEAD at the opening of her new store at 44 Stanley on Sat, Apr 6. Known for her exquisite and stylish hats that add extra oomph to any outfit, Crystal Birch's eponymous label has been making waves in the fashion industry. And now, her latest collection is crafted from premium materials such as 100% wool felt, melusine felt, and wheat straw. Each hat is skillfully manufactured at The Hat Factory in Cape Town, keeping South Africa's rich tradition of hat-making alive. Fashionistas will want to get their hands on these gorgeous hats that are sure to turn heads.

Kick-off culture: Kasiflavour10 x Wanda Lephoto

Soccer streetwear gets a fresh take with the Kasiflavour10 x Wanda Lephoto collaboration. Photo: Wanda Lephoto via Instagram. 

A wonderful new project called REKAOFELA, led by photographer and creative mind Trevor Stuurman, is an exhibition showcasing art, fashion, and South African soccer culture at The Manora pop-store at 44 Stanley until Sun, Mar 31. The exhibition tells the story of African football and its fashion. This exciting collaboration between Kasiflavour10 and designer Wanda Lephoto takes the story further by incorporating the classic characteristics of soccer kits from the '70s and '80s while merging prints and tailoring synonymous with Lephoto and his take on African cultures, traditions, and identities. 

A treasure trove at Brooklyn Antique Fair

Beautiful glassware to add to your collection at Brooklyn Antique Fair. Photo: Brooklyn Antique Fair via Facebook.

If you love vintage and unique items, then you must visit Brooklyn Mall for the Brooklyn Antique Fair on the first Sat of every month. Here you can find a wide variety of items such as jewellery, accessories, ceramics, home décor, or anything else that catches your attention.

 Hidden Gems at Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair

Designer goods at more affordable prices at Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair. Photo: Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair via Facebook.

For Joburg antique lovers looking for treasures closer to home, the Brooklyn Antiques Fair's sister fair, the Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair, takes place on the first Sun of every month. Similarly, you'll find unique and vintage items that will capture your heart. Use the Gautrain to get there.

Victoria Yards Sunday Market ranked seventh globally

The First Sunday Market at Victoria Yards is filled with amazing crafts, art, food, and more. Photo: Supplied.

The First Sunday Market at Victoria Yards has been ranked as the seventh-best "flea market" in the world, thanks to its excellent five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. This ranking was done by Merchant Machine, who analysed publicly available review data from TripAdvisor and ranked listings tagged “farmers market” or “street and flea market” by their percentage of five-star reviews. Also making the top 15 was Pretoria's Market @ The Sheds. The Victoria Yards market is a vibrant and eclectic destination, a great place to find handmade items from local artisans, vintage items, and delicious food offerings. The market started with only 10 to 15 stalls in 2016 but has grown to house more than 40 vendors. Victoria Yards lead developer, Brian Green, said that the high ranking has benefited Victoria Yards as a whole, and they are very happy with the added international recognition that comes with it. Don't miss out on the next edition on Sun, Apr 7.

Carrying art with BLACK.STORE

The first collection of tote bags for BLACK.STORE features abstract designs from artist, cultural practitioner, and founder of BLACK.STORE, Lerato Lodi. Photo: BLACK.STORE via Instagram.

A collaboration between BLACK.ARCHIVE STUDIO and BLACK.EXHIBITIONS, BLACK.STORE is an online conceptual and experimental exhibition featuring limited-edition tote bags created by artists and creatives. The inaugural collection of tote bags has been designed by artist, entrepreneur, and owner of BLACK.ARCHIVE STUDIO and BLACK.EXHIBITIONS, Lerato Lodi. Lodi's traditional and non-traditional art styles focus on spirituality and religion and include a variety of monotype prints, paintings, and drawings from the BLACK. Art Collection, which are all available for purchase online.

Shine at The Makery

Jewellery to make you feel special at The Makery in Parkview. Photo: The Makery via Instagram.

This neighbourhood store on Parkview's Tyrone Avenue has found its way to our hearts, with its charming look, delicate beaded jewellery, and its embrace of the neighbourhood. Surely one of the prettiest stores in Joburg, Heidi Gresty and Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly are a dynamic design duo, creating exquisite jewellery and accessories. Their Makery collection boasts a stunning array of beaded necklaces, bracelets, and a contemporary range of sterling silver, gold-plated, and brass jewellery. Every beaded piece is designed and crafted in their studio by a team of skilled beaders. Beyond jewellery, Gresty and Myburgh Chemaly also explore fashion, literature, and lifestyle at The Makery, making it the perfect stop to find a special gift for yourself or a loved one.

Making the old new with Reminiscene

Find the best vintage coats at Reminiscene in Melville. Photo: Reminiscene via Instagram.

A long-time favourite, we visited recently and reaffirmed Reminiscene as Joburg's best vintage store. If you need an amazing velvet jacket for the upcoming winter season, a top hat, silkwear from the 1920s, or costume jewels from the 1930s, Reminiscene in Melville is your go-to place. For over 30 years and thanks to founder Rosemary French, it has remained one of Joburg's most authentic vintage clothing stores. You'll be spoilt for choice – from leather bags, evening bags, shoes, gloves, and even luxurious furs from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

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