In our monthly shopping blog, we look at what's new to shop in Joburg, seeking out cool brands, interesting stores, limited edition local products and must-visit spaces to put on your shopping agenda.
In this month's edition we look at some quirky spaces to pick up unique gifts, vintage fashion and cult beauty brands. Catch up on July's edition of our Joburg shopping blog here.
High-quality and handmade at Bryanston Market
This weekly outdoor market in Bryanston (open every Thu and Sat from 09:00-15:00) has always been a city favourite, promoting handmade and ethically and sustainably sourced gifts and produce for more than 40 years. Many of the 70 plus traders have been here for years although there's always something new to find too. Colourful items we've had our eye on recently include Tullah Tradings gorgeous handmade sisal grass bags and baskets and ceramist Peter Mthombeni's new range of corona inspired tableware. Even better yet, in addition to the ample outdoor seating the tea garden area, they now have free wifi too. Find out more here.
Lindfield Victorian House Museum opens a Victorian Emporium
A quirky celebration of Victorian life, Lindfield House Museum in Milpark, has opened its own museum shop called the Lindfield Emporium. The shop is arranged to resemble a fancy goods department store from the Victorian era with antique ornaments and gifts such as fine china, old-fashioned toys, books, and other collectibles on sale. The museum itself is open only for guided tours (these must be booked in advance) or on every second Sunday of the month when they host a market in the garden with stalls selling homemade treats and handmade goods including arts and crafts, handmade soaps and an incredible tea selection. Find out more about visiting the museum here.
Reminiscene is a vintage fashion shop that has been in business for more than three decades. From its start in Yeoville in the late 1990s, it has moved around with various stints in and around 7th Street, Melville and has now moved into a new home opposite the lovely Bamboo Lifestyle Centre at the corner of 7th Avenue and 9th Street. If you are a fan of older period vintage you'll enjoy the handbags, leather day bags, evening bags, shoes, gloves, luxurious furs and the Victorian, Edwardian, and 1920 jewelry pieces. Another plus, owner Rosemary's advice and style suggestions are always on point. Find out more about the store here.
Artyli.com art gallery is moving to SandtonArtyli.com art gallery embarks on a new chapter as it moves from the ground floor of the Stanley Studios building (opposite the entrance to 44 Stanley) to a new space inside Nelson Mandela Square (launching September 2021). The art gallery's ongoing vision is to create opportunities for contemporary African artists to make their work discoverable and affordable, exhibiting and selling works by an array of young and emerging local artists.
Korean beauty specialists Glow Theory to open at 44 Stanley
If you aren't following the 'K-Beauty' treatments trend and you are a skincare product junkie, then it's time to join the party. The demand for Korean beauty products, particularly skincare products, is growing hugely across the world, known for their many specialist brands designed for specific problematic skin conditions. Bringing all the most cult K-beauty brands into South Africa since 2017 is online retailer Glow Theory. For the first time they are opening a physical store (launching September 2021) at boutique shopping complex 44 Stanley, selling a wide range of Korean cosmetics and skincare products including hyaluronic acid kits and skin-repairing creams.
Vintage denim heaven at Ifuku.one
Ifuku.one is a curated vintage denim store launched by denim fanatic Rodney Mudzengerere who has a deep knowledge of denim and its history, and a passion for vintage. Previously online-only, Rodney has now launched his own physical store at 44 Stanley where you can shop his discerning choice of exclusive vintage brands, including cult Japanese labels, as well as old school Levi's and Doc Martens. The store also has a denim care service to help you keep your new vintage denim treasures in perfect condition.