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Where to shop in Joburg – June 2024

31 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… 

Unveiling Written in Thread: Smtng Good's textile art collection

Smtng Good launched a captivating new textile art collection at the recent RMB Latitudes art fair. Written in Thread features highly limited-edition artworks in collaboration with Something Good Studio by artists Maja Maljević, Ditiro Mashigo, Renée Rossouw, and Lulama Wolf. This collection breaks new ground as each piece is an innovative expression of the artist's work, diverging from their previous creations. These textile artworks tell profound stories in a novel way, hence 'Written in Thread'.

Rent size-inclusive luxury fashion: Big Bad Batch

Sustainable statements at Big Bad Batch. Photo: Big Bad Batch via Instagram.

Whether it's for a red carpet event, brunch, or any special occasion in between, this initiative gives you access to designer and high-end garments at a fraction of the price. The brainchild of writer, creator, and fashionista Ricci Kalish Liedeman, also known as the Big Bad Wolf, Big Bad Batch is an exciting online fashion rental service. At Big Bad Batch, you can rent high-quality, statement clothing, allowing you to enjoy special pieces without the long-term commitment of purchasing them only to have these beauties collecting dust in the back of your wardrobe. Big Bad Batch is also all about inclusivity, offering garments from sizes 6 to 22. The collection includes dresses, skirts, two-pieces, and jackets, and now features statement pieces from local designer Fred Rich. It's a fun, sustainable way to experience fashion without the waste (and price tag!). 

Style with purpose: Vintage with Love's sustainable fashion

Colour-coordinated fun at a Vintage with Love pop-up sale. Photo: Supplied.

Championing style and social impact, the savvy and fashion-forward Leigh Ord and Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly launched Vintage with Love in 2013. At Vintage with Love, you can find a chic array of gently worn fashion and the beauty is that proceeds go to charities, with over R8 million raised so far. After successful pop-ups in-person and online, along with a recent store opening in Cape Town, they're now expanding by opening a store in Joburg this June. By shopping Vintage with Love, you're rejecting fast fashion and contributing to literacy initiatives like the Realema Teacher Intern Programme and the Click Foundation.

You can soon find Vintage with Love at 102 Corlett Drive, Birnam.

Finding a new beat: Bantu Records

Music from the continent and the diaspora at Bantu Records. Photo: Bantu Records via Instagram.
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Bantu Records, the beloved black-owned vinyl record store in the heart of Braamfontein, has temporarily closed its doors for exciting renovations. Known for celebrating African music and culture, Bantu Records has become a hub for music enthusiasts, boasting an authentic collection that transcends genres, provides a platform for local artists, and fosters a strong community with regular events bringing like-minded music lovers together to connect, share, and grow. We’re eagerly anticipating the reopening, as the revamped space promises to be even more inspiring for all who appreciate music.

If want to get your hands on a new record in the meantime, check out the Bantu Records website.

Uncover hidden gems at the Brooklyn and Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fairs

Are you struggling to decide what to do with your grandmother's inherited painting? Why not get it appraised at the Brooklyn and Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fairs? There you'll be able to put a price on the heirloom, which may help you decide what to finally do with the piece. While you're there, you can also shop for items like jewellery, accessories, ceramics, home décor, and more. The Brooklyn Antique Fair is held at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria on the first Sat of each month. For vintage treasures closer to home, you can head to its sister event, the Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair, held on the first Sun of every month. Both fairs have a wide variety of special items that are sure to catch your eye.

The next Brooklyn Antique Fair takes place on Sat, Jun 1. Catch the Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair on Sun, Jun 2.
 

Step into Thebe Magugu's world: Welcome to Magugu House

Thebe Magugu (centre) and staff outside his new store. Photo: Thebe Magugu via Instagram.

It's been a busy month for Thebe Magugu with the launch of his latest collection (you can read more about that in last month's shopping blog). Now, he has also opened the doors to Magugu House, his first store. The store serves an elevated fashion experience and steps into Magugu’s world. "I have always loved the idea of pouring all my collections, installations, events, and projects into one space, and Magugu House becomes exactly that – an institution solidifying our universe," he explains. "I started Thebe Magugu as an Afro-encyclopedic look at key histories and heritage from the continent, with collections named after university subjects as a closer study. In that regard, Magugu House becomes the first campus where fashion, history, and culture converge." The store features a showroom, fitting room, reception area, and small art galleries showcasing Magugu’s latest collections. Additionally, Magugu House will be used for events, art shows, and even yoga sessions, making it a multifaceted space.

Visit Magugu House at 52 Bompas Road, Dunkeld.

Revamp your home in style: St Leger & Viney fabric house annual sale

St Leger & Viney's Krammerville showroom. Photo: Supplied.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to spruce up your home, the St Leger & Viney fabric house annual sale may be just what you need. From Thu, May 30  – Sat, Jun 1, the St Leger & Viney Krammerville showroom offers incredible deals on luxury local and international fabrics, wallpapers, scatter cushions, and more. There’ll also be special discounts with fabrics from just R29 a metre, spot prizes, giveaways, and the popular Mystery Fabric Grab Bags' for R150 each.

Find the sale at 7 Appel Road, Kramerville.

Fitness meets fashion: Burnt Studios opens Joburg flagship store

Burnt Studios' Core Collection for training, yoga, pilates, running, and running errands. Photo: Burnt Studios via Instagram.

Founded by married couple Pierre and Andriana Cronje, Burnt Studios was born from their vision to blur the lines between their two passions: fitness and fashion. With a commitment to creating premium activewear that combines functionality with style, Burnt Studios caters to women and men, offering an array of stylish gym clothes and innovative training programmes like Burn Fit for home and gym workouts, as well as the Burnt Run Clubs. The opening of their new Joburg store in Morningside and their flagship store in Sandton City (both opening on Sat, Jun 1) brings their gear closer to Joburgers.

Amazon launches in South Africa: A new era of shopping

Amazon launched its online marketplace in South Africa on Tue, May 7, bringing a new world of shopping to our fingertips. The online market features a small selection of local and international brands across 13 different categories – from beauty to electronics and books. While the initial collection is modest and slightly underwhelming compared to Amazon's extensive offerings and efficient delivery in other regions, this local launch aims to evolve from simply shopping.  Amazon is offering its support to local entrepreneurs. South African businesses can now easily sell their products nationwide, thanks to user-friendly onboarding tools, payment processing, and analytics to boost their sales.

You can check it out at amazon.co.za

Forever blooms: The Forever Flower Studio

Beautiful beaded creations at The Forever Flower Studio. Photo: The Forever Flower Studio via Instagram.

Love flowers but want a more permanent option for your home? The Forever Flower Studio offers artisan beaded flowers and foliage, providing an artistic take on a bouquet that conveys the same sentiment but lasts much longer. Using high-quality materials like Japanese seed beads, British enamel copper wire, and South African artisan cotton, their collection includes beautiful proteas, scabiosa, and anthurium flowers, each crafted to add a touch of permanent elegance to any space. 

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