Where to shop in Joburg – July 2023

26 Jul 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 hotspots, pop-ups and the latest labels that may not yet be on your radar… 

Antique fairs

Find unusual treasures at an antique fair. Photo: Antique Fairs via Facebook. 

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 will take place on Sat, Aug 5 from 09:00 and Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair on Sun, Aug 6 from 10:00


The AKA Tribute T-shirt. Photo: Cultish via Instagam. 

Local streetwear brand from Cape Town, Cultish, has created limited-edition tribute T-shirts for two late South African rappers, AKA and Costa Titch. Launched on Sat, Jun 3 to coincide with the opening of their flagship store in Rosebank Mall (next to Shelf Life), proceeds from sales of the T-shirts will be donated to the families of the two rappers. In addition to this limited-edition drop, they also launched their W23N⁰II collection on Sat, Jul 22 which includes hoodies and T-shirts that encapsulate the colourful, streetwear style that Cultish is known for. 

The Curated Maker's Market 

Shopping, food and good times. Photo: Curated Maker's Market via Instagram. 

This monthly market at Constitution Hill showcases Joburg's talented independent artisans, designer-makers and small businesses, usually taking place on the first Friday of every month. The upcoming edition of the Curated Maker's Market will take place on Aug 4 from 16:00. Expect a variety of handmade goods, art, craft, ceramics, jewellery, home ware 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. If you need to take a break from browsing the stalls, there are a number of pop-up exhibitions for you to enjoy, and you can see Constitution Hill at night with free tours throughout the evening. For the kids, there's a designated play area by Play Africa, who will have fun and educational activities to ensure the youngest ones have just as good a time as you do. And if you needed more motivation to go, here's what you can expect at the Curated Maker's Market

Dress up your bathroom with Maxhosa Home 

Bathroom essentials range. Photo: Maxhosa Home via Instagram. 

Luxury local brand, Maxhosa, renowned for its fashionable and vibrant clothing items and home ware, has taken it a step further with a new bathroom range. Elevating your bathroom routine to new heights, the Maxhosa bathroom collection offers a selection of multifunctional towels and robes that exude luxury and celebrate the beauty of Africa. Each piece is carefully crafted, blending traditional African motifs with contemporary aesthetics, making it an eye-catching addition to any bathroom. The collection is available online and in-store. 

Rich Mnisi x H&M Collection 

A much-needed collaboration between a Joburg-based designer and a Swedish retailer. Photo: Rich Mnisi. 

The highly anticipated collaboration between Joburg-based designer, Rich Mnisi, and Swedish retailer, H&M, brings a street-style collection that combines relaxed and oversized fits, making it perfect for fashion-forward Joburgers seeking comfort while looking good. Although Mnisi's brand is usually worn only by those who can afford it, the collaboration with H&M marks the brand becoming more accessible. For fashion enthusiasts and trendsetters alike, the Rich Mnisi x H&M collection is about clothes that are laid-back and celebrate the essence of modern street style. The collection launches on Thu, Jul 27 on and you can find it in selected H&M stores countrywide. 

Russell Kaplan Winter Wunderkammer 

Fashionable finds at Russell Kaplan. Photo: Russell Kaplan via Facebook. 

Joburg-based auctioneers Russell Kaplan specialise in unusual and highly collectable art and antiques, furniture, home ware and décor items. The auction house is a veritable Aladdin's cave of weird and wonderful items, where every six weeks or so they present a live online auction of this fantastic 'Wunderkammer' or 'Cabinets of curiosities' that it is well worth looking out for. The latest online auction is happening until Jul 30.  And as usual, there are thousands of items on sale, ranging from art to furniture, fashion to books, and delightful vintage collectables to antique curiosities. View the entire collection from the Winter Wunderkammer online auction here, where you can also register to bid online or download the app for ease. 

The ClubHouse at Stevenson Gallery

The ClubHouse lounge. Photo: Stevenson Gallery. 

Experience fashion and furniture at The ClubHouse, a group exhibition at Parktown North's Stevenson Gallery. The exhibition highlights both emerging and established designers, showcasing furniture, lighting and decorative elements found within a home in three communal spaces: the study, the lounge and the dining room. The study features special-edition and recent books on art and design, the lounge is decorated with stacked vinyls and a turntable, whilst the dining room includes an installation of artist Deborah Poynton's catalogue Arcadia. The exhibition also has a programme around literature, music and food. 

Designers involved in the exhibition curation include the interior company Tonic Design who provided the main furniture, JFF Plant Shop, SMTNGGOOD x Bevan de Wet, The Ninevites and more, all contributing the additional fixtures and decorative elements. Artists included in the exhibition include Joburg AshGeorgina Gratrix, Pieter Hugo, Neo Matloga, and others. 

Fashion at the 11th annual Turbine Art Fair 

The 11th edition of the Turbine Art Fair (TAF23) taking place at Hyde Park Corner from Thu, Jul 27 – Sun, Jul 30 is a social event you won't want to miss; it's the place to be for first-time and seasoned collectors on the lookout for the next generation of Joburg art talent. 

Fashion will be in focus with special collaborations and talks on the programme, including a presentation by the hottest local and international designer of the moment, Thebe Magugu. His Mother and Child collection brings art and fashion together, casting a spotlight on nine South African cultures. Also on the fashion front, denim designer Tshepo Mohlala of Tshepo Jeans and artist Alka Dass will showcase a collaborative piece inspired by the idea that light can be used as a window to own, reclaim and share our histories. 

And if your bookshelf needs a refresh, the first official TAF Bookstore makes its debut, bringing with it collectable works focusing on art, photography and fashion. If that isn't enough motivation to go, we give you reasons to get your tickets now and 10 artists to see at the fair

Shopping Weekend Out at Mall of Africa

Shop up to 40% off and more this weekend at Mall of Africa. Photo: Mall of Africa. 

This highly anticipated event at Mall of Africa from Sat, Jul 29 – Sun, Jul 30 promises to be a shopaholic's dream come true, offering an incredible array of the latest tech gadgets, trendy fashion pieces, stylish home décor, chic shoes, and much more, all at unbeatable prices. Whether you're looking to revamp your wardrobe, accessorise your home, or find the perfect gift for that special someone, this is the place to be. The end-of-season sale at Mall of Africa means you'll have the chance to score fantastic deals and massive discounts, and with a diverse selection of shops and boutiques, you're sure to find something that suits your taste and style.

Uni Form launches flagship store in Parktown North

Elevated classics by Uni Form. Photo: Uni Form via Instagram. 

Shop Joburg-inspired elevated classics and basics by clothing brand Uni Form at their store in Parktown North. Designed by Luke Radloff, the minimalistic pieces are modular and trans-seasonal using ultra-contemporary silhouettes inspired by the city we call home. Radloff hopes that the brand will transcend outdated notions of what Africa has to offer and push its design economy to that of any major fashion capital. Find them at 23 7th Avenue, Parktown North. Visits are by appointment only. 

Wanda Lephoto's S/S24 collection

Me Fie cotton shirt and pants. Photo: Wanda Lephoto via Instagram. 

Local designer Wanda Lephoto launched his Spring/Summer 2024 collection called PEOPLE in June. The collection is a bold fusion of contemporary style and vintage charm, showcasing a range of versatile and avant-garde pieces. Distressed shirts, cotton pants and shorts, cherry-coloured striped jackets and statement printes make up the collection which talk to the modern African fashion landscape. Our absolute favourite pieces from the collection are the Mie Fie trenchcoat and suit. The Mie Fie (meaning 'My Place of Origin’ in Akan, a Ghanian language) garments are inspired by the late designer Virgil Abloh’s 3% design rule which reasoned that you could create something new by changing a process, a product or perspective by three percent to give it a new life while still maintaining familiarity. The collection is yet to go on sale but we'll keep you updated. 

We Are Egg x Samarai Farai at Rosebank Mall

Shopping with artistic flair. Photo: We Are Egg via Instagram. 

Retail store We Are Egg, which landed in Johannesburg from Cape Town in October 2022, has launched an art and clothing collection titled The Space Between Spaces by emerging local artist Samurai Farai on Thu, Jul 6 at their store in Rosebank Mall. The collection includes exclusive pieces of art and apparel from the artist which are available in-store and online, albeit in extremely limited quantities. That's not all, Farai's work has also taken over the entrance tunnel of the store, and if you have to go up and down the escalator a couple of times, we wouldn't blame you, it's truly amazing work. 

If you're fashionably late to reading our previous shopping guides, be sure to check them out this season:

Where to shop in Joburg – June 2023
Where to shop in Joburg – May 2023
Where to shop in Joburg – your Joburg shopping update April 2023

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