Just as spring started making its appearance a KAMERS/Makers Space
<http://kamersvol.com/kamers-makers-space-hyde-park/>  opened in Hyde Park
Corner <https://www.hydeparkcorner.co.za/> . This unique pop-up store has
provided a platform for proudly local artisans to showcase thousands of
products, from hand-crafted fashion, décor, jewellery, leather and ceramics
to deli goods, quality artisanal coffee and more all in an unforgettable
space. True to the KAMERS/Makers mantra, much of these products are ‘the
coolest stuff you’ve never seen’… not in Jozi anyway!

The result of a pioneering new approach to retail, this remarkable artisan
collective has received enthusiastic support in its first few weeks in Jozi
and will continue to feature a variety of ‘Makers’ on rotation until
December.

KAMERS/Makers CEO, Wanda Du Toit, says the Makers have been overwhelmed with
Jozi’s support: “These small entrepreneurs have been hard-hit by the
lockdown and are so very grateful for the way Jozi has come out to embrace
the SPACE concept.”

Many of Makers are just as fascinating as their wares…

Monica Rowe from Wynnya <https://www.wynnya.co.za/>  arrived in South Africa
from Switzerland 28 years ago and now considers herself more South African
than Swiss. She started her business producing natural products five years
ago when she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and could not find
aluminium-free deodorant. Influenced by nature and drawing on her laboratory
background, she developed products that combine pure science with natural
remedies. From roll-on deodorant, essential oils, scent-diffuser stones,
inhaler sticks to mosquito repellent, hand sanitisers, soaps, room sprays
and body oils, Wynnya’s ingredients are locally sourced, organic, cruelty-
and plastic-free and ‘zero-waste’ recyclable. In response to COVID-19,
Monica developed a range of products targeted at treating respiratory
illnesses. It doesn’t get more Proudly South African than this!

With a friendship spanning more than three decades, Kirsten Lloyd and Carmen
Smyth are each one half of SMYTH by Lo-Ki
<https://www.loki-interiors.com/shop> . These two friends who were feeling
uninspired by life, decided to open a home décor business which only sold
items they would have in their own homes – a task made easier by the fact
that they are based on opposite ends of the country with Kirsten in Jozi and
Carmen in the Mother City. SMYTH by Lo-Ki’s products include utility
baskets, scatter cushions, napkins, tea towels, tablecloths and aprons
available in various fabric designs, as well as scented candles, woven
wastepaper baskets and wooden oil spoons. This duo will be launching a new
fabric design at KAMERS/Makers, but Kirsten admitted her favourite is still
their quirky bug range! You decide which one is your favourite by visiting
their pop-up in Hyde Park Corner.

Adhiambo Mula-Lauwers is not only a prize-winning graduate of the Goldman
Sachs GIBS 10,000 Women Programme and a multilingual creative who holds a
BBA degree, she is also the founder of Galago <https://galagoonline.co.za/>
signature shoes. Adhiambo, who became Maker about eight years ago, is
inspired by her love of African crafts and their bright colours as well as a
passion for making things in Africa which reflect our vibrant culture.
Galago’s range trademarked by the bold use of colour, is mostly manufactured
in downtown Joburg but elements are also sourced in Cape Town and around
Africa. A favourite product of hers is the slippers… and what better way
to brighten any day than by wearing a comfortable, brightly coloured pair of
slippers. In celebration of Heritage Month treat yourself to a pair of
Galago bow espadrilles which come in a variety of beautiful African prints
from across the continent. There truly is nothing more fabulous than an
easy-to-wear pair of shoes to make you stand out!

About two years ago Pretoria-based Ananja Theunissen and her Mom started
Nanas Baby Wear <https://nanasbabywear.co.za/>  – a brand which has its
roots in uplifting older women, particularly the very special retired woman
lovingly knows as Grannies! Nanas Baby Wear not only strives to uplift these
ladies by making them feel needed and useful, but to equips them with
everything they need to make beautiful, hand-crafted knitwear, Summer wear
and wooden toys for the trendy baba. Their ‘community’ of Grannies all over
South Africa are provided with design guidelines along with all they need to
make the designs. The Grannies then add that nostalgic touch to the product…
old school items made with a modern spin and more than a dash of love from
‘Granny’!

These are just a few of the Makers stories, for a full list of Makers visit
http://kamersvol.com/kamers-makers-space-hyde-park/. Expect a constantly
changing selection of over 7 000 products from 70+ artisans, handpicked for
their exceptional craftsmanship to make your KAMERS/Makers experience
unforgettable. KAMERS/Makers SPACE is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until
6pm and on Sunday from 10am until 3pm. For more information on all the
sophisticated shopping and sociability at Hyde Park Corner, visit
https://www.hydeparkcorner.co.za/

Cashless

For your safety and convenience, KAMERS/Makers operates on a completely
cashless basis. All credit and debit cards as well as Snapscan are accepted.

Hyde Park Corner Operating Hours:

Hyde Park Corner is currently operating under Level 2 restrictions.

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm.

Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am – 3pm.

Please contact stores directly to enquire about their specific trading
hours.

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