Without getting too heavily into the “How awful” and “OMG” that seems to have taken hold all over the world this year, I’ll take a moment to acknowledge the incredible impact that our world as a whole and our country in particular has suffered as a result.
My own home and family have not escaped the ravages of this horrible pandemic, either. My D was forced to shut down his business and retrench all his employees shortly after the initial lockdown began, and we’ve been scrambling to catch up ever since.
Which is why I’m breaking a silence of many months on this here blog to encourage anyone and everyone who can to support local businesses in general, and small local businesses in particular.
And what better way to do that in true Msanzi style than by getting your gorgeous, carb-fueled behind to the spectacularly pretty #KAMERSMakers pop-up shop that’s just opened at Hyde Park Corner?
If you haven’t been to a KAMERS/MAKERS event before, prepare to delight in a selection of exceptionally designed and crafted local goods, from leather bags, wallets and shoes, to the most exquisite handmade clothing, hats, jewels, artworks and homewares.
When I received the invitation to pop in on Friday afternoon and have a gander at the latest KAMERS/Makers Space, I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed!
For all the juicy details, check out the press release announcing the pop-up:
“A NEW KM SPACE – POPPING UP IN HYDE PARK CORNER!
KM Creative CEO, Wanda Du Toit is typically frank regarding Covid-19’s effect on SA’s beloved artisan ‘up-market’… “We had to fight back – on behalf of the hundreds of SME artisans who have come to depend on our platform… And fight with every ounce of our entrepreneurial energy!”
So KAMERS/Makers re-envisioned SA’s battered retail industry… and found an ingenious response to their business’s lockdown let-down!
For decades, retail space in South Africa has been prohibitive for most local artisans due to long leases, rigid costs and equally rigid attitudes. Defying the norm, Hyde Park Corner has opened up a beautiful, creative space for the entrepreneurs of KAMERS/Makers, giving them a platform to bring their incomparably eclectic mix of creations to Joburg for the first time. This marks the start of an exciting new trajectory for Hyde Park Corner, with some innovative concepts in the pipeline in the coming months.
KAMERS/Makers – traditionally an incredible exhibition of creative talent – has reinvented and is popping up in Hyde Park Corner!
KAMERS/Makers SPACE is a fast and fluid collective of SA’s finest Makers – carefully curated to pop-up (and down!) in any empty retail space, in just a few days.
It offers the best of both worlds for KAMERS/Makers devotees! Loads of time to shop at any time, yet with the eclectic and amazing variety or products that has made KAMERS/Makers shows so immensely popular for two decades.
THE NITTY GRITTY
• KAMERS/Makers SPACEs launched two months ago in Stellenbosch, with their second SPACE popping up in the V&A Waterfront in late July.
• The KM SPACE is Covid-19 screened and certified – with required controls in place to regulate entry and ensure the safety of all.
• A cashless system will be in operation, with a single central pay-point for shopper convenience.
AT LAST – A KM SPACE FOR GAUTENG
And where else but Jozi’s premier shopping precinct – Hyde Park Corner!
On Friday 28th August, a stunning new KM SPACE opens next to Nespresso in the Upper Mall of Hyde Park Corner.
KM’s biggest SPACE yet, it will offer a vibrant mix of more than 70 local Makers – another critical step in rebuilding SA’s SME economy. “With Level 2 now official, shoppers will at last be able to sip the KAMERS/Makers signature glass of bubbly whilst shopping! We’re also aiming to host ‘live’ Makers, actually making in the SPACE, so shoppers can view their goods being made,” comments KM Creative CEO, Wanda Du Toit
The Maker Mix will be changing every month to ensure non-stop variety and – always – the coolest stuff you’ve never seen.
Welcome to the new retail – vital, vibrant, innovative and proudly local!
[IMAGES ABOVE COURTESY OF CHARL DU PREEZ]
Just in case you thought that KAMERS/MAKERS was all about the ladies, let me tell you that there are some awesome goodies on offer for the guys, too, and I happen to have in my clutches a prize to give to one lucky guy or gal!
The prize consists of a men’s T-shirt from NGUNI APPAREL, valued at R620:
- Follow @Kamersvol on Twitter AND
- RT this tweet.
The winner will be selected by random draw and notified on Twitter on Thursday, 8 October.