Where to shop in Joburg – August 2023

30 Aug 2023
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… 

Upcycle & Repair Express Pop-up at The Linden Market

Embrace sustainable fashion with the launch of the exciting Upcycle & Repair Express Pop-up stall at the Linden Market on Sat, Sep 2 and Sun, Sep 3.  Whether it's a ripped seam, a broken zipper or a simple alteration, the pop-up's talented seamstresses have got you covered. With the belief in extending the lifespan of our clothes and finding innovative ways to repurpose materials, this stall hopes to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future and reduce clothing waste.

The pop-up is a collaboration with fantastic brands like Sari for Change, who repurpose gently worn saris into new, stunning garments and design label Silver Magpie which produces clothing in unique prints and colours. Other brands like DifferentlyDr Pachanga Clothing and Mc Alpine Clothing form part of this pop-up launch geared towards reducing waste, igniting creativity and championing upcycling. Find out more about the spring edition of the market here.

A colourful collaboration with Pick n Pay and Thando x Kiav 

Thando x Kiav collab's suit jacket. Photo: Pick n Pay Clothing.

Munkus founder Thando Ntuli and freelance fashion designer Kiav Mitoo have partnered with Pick n Pay Clothing to create a collection that celebrates fashion, sustainability and women's empowerment. The collection was revealed at the Sandton flagship store on Thu, Aug 17 and featured a fashion show to showcase the collection of colourful and printed blazers, tailored pants, dresses, collared jackets as well as a matching recycled shopper bag. The highlight is a captivating sleeveless wrap midi-dress with printed details. The collection is available at selected Pick n Pay Clothing stores and online or read our #MyJoburg interview with Thando Ntuli for insights into the city. 

Mall of Africa Fashion Weekend Out

South African Fashion Week at Mall of Africa. Photo: LR Photography. 

Home to South African Fashion Week (happening Thu, Oct 19 – Sat, Oct 21), Mall of Africa is the fashion-forward hub to spot the best up-and-coming and established fashion talent. Their Fashion Weekend Out taking place on Sat, Sep 2 – Sun, Sep 3 is coming just in time for your spring and early summer wardrobe change. Travel back in time with retro-inspired styles from flared trousers and oversized blazers to shoulder pads and neon accents. You can also explore clothing and accessories in vibrant shades that shout "summer," find your spirit animal with patterns and prints that include leopard, snake and zebra, or opt for playful florals and plaids. 

Thrift on the Frayznix Vintage Rack 

Unique and exclusive vintage pieces. Photo: Frayznix Vintage Rack via Instagram.

If you're looking for a fantastic spot to revamp your wardrobe with an old-school feel this season, look no further than Frayznix Vintage Rack. Owned and curated by Xoliswa Kawuzela, also known as 'Frayznix', the private showroom in Brixton is a treasure trove for vintage enthusiasts. Kawuzela, a vintage clothing collector residing in one of Brixton's most captivating historic homes, has meticulously assembled an array of clothing and unique pieces that are for sale. If you've been hooked by the prevailing sports jersey trend or have an affinity for sportswear and streetwear labels such as Stüssy, Nike, Polo and Reebok, as well as niche brands like Carhartt and Harley Davidson, this showroom is an absolute must-visit.

Shop local at the Curated Maker's Market 

'Spring on the Hill' is the theme of the fifth edition of the Curated Maker's Market which takes place on Fri, Sep 1 at Constitution Hill where you can expect to find a variety of handmade goods, art, crafts, ceramics, jewellery, homeware and textiles from talented Joburg creatives. With more than 40 stalls, you'll be hard-pressed to not find something, or a few things, that catch your eye. You can become a maker yourself for the day with a candle-making workshop with Mist Candles. They will teach you the technical art of candle crafting and décor as well as designing your own scents, then take what you've created home to show off your skills. Read all about the upcoming Curated Maker's Market here.

Antique Fairs – Brooklyn Mall and Nelson Mandela Square

Spend a little time in the garden. Photo: Antique Fairs. 

From furniture and homeware to decorative arts and collectable memorabilia, there is something for every interest, whether you are just here to browse or looking to add something special to your collection. Every month, head to Pretoria on the first Saturday, and Nelson Mandela Square on the first Sunday, for a superb collection of high-quality vintage pieces to shop, ranging from period jewellery to beautiful tableware, collectable ceramics and unusual treasures from yesteryear such as antique snuffboxes, old-fashioned cameras and even gramophones. Brooklyn's Antiques Fair happens on Sat, Sep 2 from 09:00 and Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair on Sun, Sep 3 from 10:00. 

Sari for Change 

Transform fashion sustainably. Photo: Sari for Change via Instagram. 

Sustainability is not just a buzzword, but a call to action, and Sari for Change is all about conscious consumerism and ethical fashion. With six years of commitment to sustainable production, the brand reshapes and repurposes donated saris into modern, wearable pieces in a way that honours tradition and stories. By involving the community, it bridges fashion and women's empowerment by involving unemployed South African women through upcycling, merging environmental responsibility and skills development. Sari for Change represents the power of ethical fashion by blending traditional saris with contemporary design to give the garments a new life – and we love how they look. You can shop Sari for Change's designs at the upcoming edition of The Linden Market on Sat, Sep 2 – Sun, Sep 3 as well as at the Handmade Contemporary Fair from Fri, Sep 1 – Sun, Sep 3. 

Handmade Contemporary Fair

Handmade Contemporary Fair. Photo: Johannesburg In Your Pocket.

This annual Handmade Contemporary Fair takes place at Melrose Arch from Fri, Sep 1 – Sun, Sep 3 at Melrose Arch, and provides the perfect opportunity to browse more than 100 of the finest locally made, high-end craft textiles, ceramics, home goods, fashion, shoes, jewellery and all-natural skincare brands with the added bonus of great gourmet food stalls, cocktails and wine tastings. You can find unique designs by Zambian brand Mangishi Doll or the latest by Kenyan luxury brand Mille Collines or sleep in style with Nahla Sleepwear. And if it's home décor you're after perhaps pay a visit to Homeware by Neo or find a new addition to your walls with amazing fibre creations by Lerato Motau.

Find wearable creations at BMW Art Generation

Expect fantastic fashion at BMW Art Generation, like this, Artisan du voyage. Photo: Laurence Airline via Instagram. 

A weekend-long art and culture immersion comes to Maboneng from Fri, Sep 1 – Sun, Sept 3 as the BMW Art Generation, in collaboration with FNB Art Joburg takes place at The Centre for the Less Good Idea. In addition to the art on show, there will also be a fantastic lifestyle market, music and dance performances and fashion from Merchants on Long, Kente Gentlemen, Laurence Airline, Nkwo, Imane Ayissi, Okapi, Fuata Moyo, and Viviers Studio

Accessories and designs by Maria McCloy

Vibrant African heritage with a difference – from one of our favourites, Maria McCloy. Photo: Maria McCloy via Instagam.

Maria McCloy has become a prominent figure in Johannesburg's creative scene as a skilled publicist and aspirant DJ over the last two decades, but behind the media pioneer we've come to know is a visionary designer as well. A versatile artist, McCloy blends urban culture enthusiasm and accessory design, even creating exceptional African print shoes and clutches. Her eponymous brand, Maria McCloy Accessories, launched in 2012, showcases shoes, jewellery and bags inspired by Johannesburg. Her creations embody Africa's cultural heritage and contemporary elegance from cool bomber jackets made with Basotho blankets, leather jackets with vibrant prints and even denim jackets with Xhosa umbaco cloth and beadwork. You can order these designs and accessories via Instagram DM. 


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