An annual showcase of the very best in African design, from fashion to furniture, interiors, and architecture, Design Joburg is Africa's premium décor and design event. Design Joburg is back for 2022 and is bigger than ever happening at Sandton Convention Centre from May 19 to 21. This year visitors can look forward to dozens of cool custom showrooms and design collabs, interactive exhibitions and installations, a brilliant design talks programme, a fantastic shopping arcade and a pop-up gin bar and chic restaurant. Design Joburg 2022 is also complemented by Design Joburg Collective, a series of fringe design-focused events happening at the Kramerville district and 44 Stanley from May 17. Find out more and book tickets here.
Rihanna's Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin products to drop in South Africa
It's been confirmed, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin products are finally going on sale in Africa, and will be available from May 27 at Arc stores and Edgars. The pop star billionaire first launched Fenty in 2017 and it now has a serious cult following worldwide, with new limited-edition ranges often selling out in minutes. Fenty Skin is well known for an extensive range of products, assured to level up your skincare routine. Fenty Beauty meanwhile became one of the first makeup brands to offer over 40 different foundation shades catering to black and brown communities.
St Leger and Viney's Annual Sale
Looking to give your home a new burst of colour? Leading designer fabrics and wallpaper showroom St Leger & Viney's popular annual sale is coming up from May 26-28. The annual sale in Kramerville is always a must-visit decor event where you can pick up incredible deals, including luxury wall coverings and fabrics on sale for just R29 a metre. There's also a huge selection of scatter cushions going away for amazing prices, special discounts, spot prizes and giveaways, and the always popular "Mystery Fabric Grab Bags" that cost just R100 per bag. Find out more here.
Project Inflamed's chic boutique at Arts on Main
Project Inflamed may look like a men's only fashion boutique but it is more versatile than that, catering to all who are fashion conscious, particularly those who like a unisex street style look and love unique accessories. Launched in 2014 by the "Style Gods", brothers Lizwe Thabethe and Mandla Thabethe from Soweto, who have a passion for sharp tailoring and accessories, the label is now based in Maboneng where their boutique at Arts on Main stocks signature ultra-modern boater hats, distinctive slogan sweaters, hoodies and T-shirts and a range of accessories. Visit the store at 264 Fox St, Maboneng to browse their most recent designs or shop online here.
Wrapt Knitwear hosts a winter pop-up in Emmarentia
As the weather gets colder, talk about perfect timing for a pop-up showcasing Wrapt knitwear's winter range. Specialising in high-quality knitwear, each picece is knitted at their Victoria Yards workshop from the finest wools and then finished by hand. On Fri May 13 and Sat May 14, Wrapt hosts a winter pop-up shop in Emmarentia with plenty of pieces on sale that will keep you warm, including items from other local brands specialising in winter shoes, linen and bedding. Open at 12 The Braids Rd, Emmarentia, Fri 10:00–18:00, Sat 09:00–16:00. There is also food and drinks on sale at the pop-up.
Always Welcome's new Kramerville showroom
Home decor and furniture emporium Always Welcome has found a new home in the Kramerville design district. Launched in 2020 at Hyde Park Corner, Always Welcome quickly outgrew its space in the mall and from April 2022 now occupies a huge showroom at 17 Commerce Crescent. Showcasing over 30 of the country’s leading furniture and decor designers, there's something unique to suit every taste in a dazzling range of colours, styles and designs by brands such as Mash.T Studio, Houtlander, Dokter & Misses, Something Good Studio and The Urbanative. A collaboration with Planetworld who specialise in smart home technology, this is one of the smartest brand get-togethers in Joburg retail right now.
I want that! What's on our shopping wishlist this month...Who doesn't love browsing? We love local, and from fashion, to decor, gifts, and accessories there's always something creative to catch one's eye. Here are some beautiful things that we spotted this month...
HANDMADE IN AFRICA: These wire birds at Motmot in Parkhurst
Motmot is a gift store in Parkhurst that shares a blooming space with the plant store Garden Bleau. One of the things that makes shopping here particularly satisfying is that they showcase products made by local crafters and designers working in beads, wire, glassware, weaving, textiles and ceramics. We particularly love these whimsical wire birds in flight that add some extra colour and fun to a suburban garden. Find them at cnr 1th St and 4th Ave, Parkhurst.
STYLE FILE: This fur hat in chocolate cow print design from ME&B
When you're building your winter wardrobe, a fun way to look fabulous and keep warm is with a faux fur bucket hat. We love this chocolate cow print design bucket hat made by mother-daughter design duo ME&B. A cosy winter staple that's both chic and warm, it's also ideal for those windy winter days and easy to style up or down to be casual or formal. Find them on sale at ME&B boutique in 44 Stanley or shop them online here.
GREAT GIFTS: These oversized bouquets from The Gorgeous Shop
Possibly the most beautiful store on Parkhurst's 4th Avenue (apar from Beck & Ernst, another favorite) is the aptly named florist The Gorgeous Shop, specialising in spectacularly lavish flower arrangements. Whether you want to say "Congratulations" or "I'm sorry", flowers are a great way to get the message across. If you really need to make a big statement, you will be hard pressed to find more luxurious flowers than these immense oversized bouquets. Find them at Sunlit Court, 34 4th Ave, Parkhurst
VINTAGE FINDS: Antique Fair at Nelson Mandela Square
This monthly antique fair at Nelson Mandela Square turns 40 this month – and is one of the biggest of its kind with top collectors and antique dealers taking part. A brilliant place to hunt for unusual collectables and otherwise hard-to-find little treasures, the variety is fantastic and there's always a new vintage find waiting for you to take it home. The fair happens from 10:00–16:00 on the first Sunday of the month at Nelson Mandela Square. Entrance is free.