Where to shop in Joburg – September 2023

15 Oct 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… 

Butan x Inkabi Zezwe Capsule Collection

Butan x Inkabi Zezwe Capsule Collection is a visual masterpiece. Photo: 1454. 

A visual masterpiece! We love this Butan x Inkabi Zezwe Capsule Collection and how it beautifully encapsulates the vibrant spirit of South African culture and street style. Drawing inspiration from the nostalgic memories of music duo Inkabi Zezwe's hometown, Bergville, the collection pays homage to the fashion sensibilities of their uncles and older brothers who influenced their style growing up. It's a timeless journey that bridges generations, making it a must-have for anyone looking to connect with South African heritage. The collection features items like movie-poster-style printed T-shirts, animal print shirts and explorer hats as well as bomber jackets and rugby jerseys. Find it online and at all Butan official retailers and Shesha stores nationwide. 

Spring Wunderkammer auction at Russell Kaplan

Joburg art and antique auctions don't get more colourful than Russell Kaplan's regular sales that pack in hundreds of items, ranging from fine art to furniture, collectables, jewellery and vintage accessories. The Russell Kaplan Spring Wunderkammer is a bumper edition with close to 6,000 lots on which to bid through the online bidding platform; alongside the incredible variety of items on sale comes plenty of reserve prices, so there's something for everyone. If you favour something quirky for your home you'll find loads of items waiting to be snapped up for just a few hundred rand. Meanwhile, landmark pieces attract fierce bidding and can sell for tens of thousands. The auction is on daily until Sun, Oct 1. The best way to take part is to download the app, register, browse and bid. 

Sweet treats and a shopper's dream at Halaal Goods Market 

Shop clothing and more at Halaal Goods Market at 1 Fox. Photo: Ayesha Mayet.

Prepare your taste buds and shopping bags for Joburg's original artisanal Halaal Goods Market as it makes a much-anticipated return to the 1 Fox Precinct in Ferreirasdorp. This pop-up market is a must for food enthusiasts, fashionistas, craft aficionados and anyone looking for a unique shopping and dining experience. It's also one of Joburg's prettiest markets and we'll vouch that it offers the widest variety of sweet treats. With more than 70 stalls, food trucks and mocktail bars, Halaal Goods Market promises a memorable day filled with gourmet halaal delights and creative treasures. Here's what else you can expect at the upcoming edition on Sat, Sep 30 and Sun, Oct 1, or perhaps gain some interesting (and delicious) insights into the city from the founder of the market, Fehmida Jordaan aka "Fehmz" in her #MyJoburg interview

Antique fairs 

From furniture and homeware to decorative arts and collectable memorabilia, there is something for every interest, whether you just enjoy browsing or looking to add something special to your collection. Every month, head to Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria on the first Saturday (the October edition takes place on Sat, Sep 30) and Nelson Mandela Square on the first Sunday (Sun, Oct 1) 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.  

Mantsho Lifestyle Experience at Victoria Yards

Vibrant African fabrics with bold silhouettes. Photo: Mantsho Lifestyle via Instagram. 

First Sunday at Victoria Yards on Sun, Oct 1 gets a fashionable twist thanks to Mantsho Lifestyle. From a runway show and a live performance by Brenda Mtambo to a unique musical vibe curated by Just Themba, the Mantsho Lifestyle Experience promises to be a day of fashion and music led by designer Palesa Mokubung. Her creations blend vibrant African fabrics with bold silhouettes, resulting in edgy and experimental pieces that exude confidence and quirkiness. Find out more about Victoria Yards and what else you can expect when you visit

Wearable heritage with Thebe Magugu 

Heirloom blouse by Thebe Magugu. Photo: Thebe Magugu via Instagram. 

Locally loved designer Thebe Magugu is renowned for creating collections that explore his personal family narratives. He is now giving you the opportunity to tell your story through fabric. Magugu's wax-printed heirloom blouse from his Spring 2022 Genealogy Collection features a black and white photograph of his late grandmother, Matiego Magugu. The shirts pay homage to the tradition of wax prints which often depict significant figures in history and now you can customise the blouse with your own images and names of loved ones and wear a piece of your heritage. Pre-orders open on Fri, Oct 6 on the official Thebe Magugu site and delivered in early Dec. Read Thebe Magugu's guide to Joburg for The Financial Times. We're big fans. 

Support charity at Vintage with Love

Vintage with Love raises money for reputable literacy programmes in South Africa. Photo: Vintage with Love. 

For the past decade, Vintage with Love has been changing the world, one pre-loved item at a time. South Africa’s renowned charitable organisation hosts their Big Annual Sale at Weylandts in Fourways, and, for four days you can shop sustainably, discover beautiful treasures and make a lasting impact on the lives of children in need. This year’s sale on Thu, Oct 5 promises to be bigger and better than ever, offering a wide selection of gently worn, designer clothing and, for the first time, a curated collection of pre-loved furniture and home décor. Get your tickets here

Find local designers at South African Fashion Week 

A true fashion affair. Photo: SA Fashion Week via Instagram.

The red carpet will be rolled out at Mall of Africa for South African Fashion Week's Autumn/Winter 2024 shows from Thu, Oct 19 – Sat, Oct 21 with South Africa's most daring and exciting designers bringing their latest creations to the catwalk. This landmark event is aimed at lifting South Africa's fashion industry and putting its uniqueness on the global map. Always a glamorous affair, the week is a fun and social occasion for the public, while also being an important business-to-business platform for designers, buyers, fashion editors and industry insiders from across Africa. We'll be giving you a list of the 10 brands we're excited to see this season; keep your eyes peeled for more. 

Andticks concept store

We are excited about Andticks at No.16 by Vicky Ross, set to be a playful and vibrant shopping and lifestyle experience that is a fresh and sustainable alternative for both emerging and established brands. The concept store launches on Thu, Oct 19 in Parktown and is open on Fri, Sat and Sun until the end of Nov. Programming will include chef takeovers, casual dining, curated food offerings, workshops in art and crafts, wine tastings, children's book readings and live music performances. There's an incredible range of hand-picked labels, from fashion, accessories and linen to homeware, ceramics, stationery and gifting. You'll also find a selection of art to buy and furniture and décor available to order. Of course, we'll give you more information once we get more details. 

Stock up at Standard Bank WineX 

The best of the Cape arrives in Johannesburg for the biggest and most vibrant wine event in the Southern Hemisphere for three nights of wine tastings and interactions with award-winning winemakers. Standard Bank WineX takes over Sandton Convention Centre from Wed, Oct 25 – Fri, Oct 27. Wine lovers will have the chance to sample wines, Champagnes, Cap Classiques, ports and pot-still brandies from over 150 exhibitors, and it's the true who’s who of the South African wine scene. The line-up includes over 800 wines, most of which are from the Cape, together with a selection of international wines and champagnes. 

Mr Price collaborations 

Mr Price x Refuse Clothing. Photo: GQ via Facebook. 

Local retail store Mr Price joins forces with South African designers and artists across the clothing and décor space. On the fashion front, the uMsamo collaboration line with Refuse Clothing offers a luxe twist on African aesthetics, from African-inspired graphics done in street-wear silhouettes to utility gilets and accessories. Mr Price Home's Heritage Day collaboration range features illustrator Zinhle Sithebe's bright and fun patterns that are a celebration of colour, while Xolani Mhlongo's black and white graphic range finds inspiration in hair grooming rituals with patterns influenced by Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, and Khoisan cultures, and artist Faatimah Mohamed-Luke pays tribute to her diverse roots while celebrating her pride in being uniquely South African. 

Donald Nxumalo finds a new home in Parktown 

A new home in Parktown. Photo: Sarah de Pina. 

Nestled in the tree-lined neighbourhood of Parktown, this heritage home-turned-studio is where visionary designer Donald Nxumalo brings interior dreams to life. It's where the past meets the future, where historic charm converges with cutting-edge aesthetics. Spruce up your space for the new season or give your home the unique personality facelift it deserves. Find out more here


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