If the recent 30-degree highs are anything to go by, the spring and summer seasons promise to be sweltering in Johannesburg. Make sure you’re well-equipped to beat the heat by visiting KAMERS/Makers Joburg 28 September to 2 October at the brand new Galleria in trendy Kramerville, Sandton.
Here are six cool reasons to come along:
#1 Pool and Picnic Gear
The poolside is the most obvious place to be this season, so make sure you get the gear to keep you cool, comfortable and fashionable too.
Kikoi hemp throws are one to look out for. These round, fringed throws are made from hemp fabric with a few stylish prints to choose from. Use them at the beach, beside the pool or even as a wrap against a sudden gust of wind. Also available in the KAMERS Online Marketplace.
Check out the colourful Pool Pillowz. These colourful creations are literally pillows you can float on like a lilo or the perfect alternative to a deck chair.
What would a summer picnic be without a decent picnic blanket? Locally made Tiffany Picnic Blankets are a great solution as they are waterproof and roll up into a hand bag so you can easily sling it over your shoulder. Not to mention that they come in a range of vibrant shwe shwe colours and patterns.
#2 Stylish Swimsuits
Of course, you’ll need some decent swimwear to go with your poolside gear, which is where Temple of Reason mens’ swimwear and Promenade Vintage swimwear come in. Both brands have a unique approach, providing an exciting alternative to the stuff you get in stores. Men can expect vibrant prints designed by local artists from Temple of Reason. While, Promenade Vintage modernises swimsuit designs from bygone eras for en pointe items you will feel sexy and comfortable wearing.
#3 Wine Popsicles
Aside from the wonderful Saltare Methode Cap Classique, Capital Craft beers, Sumting Fresh mocktails and cocktails, get ready to taste something refreshingly new: Pierre Jourdan’s ice lollies for adults. The PJ Pops are made from Pierre Jourdan’s brut Cap Classique and the Tranquille, a still wine blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both wines are from Haute Cabrière estate in Franschhoek.
#4 Trendy New Venue
The Galleria, a new event space in design hub Kramerville, adds new meaning to the word cool. Contemporary yet classic, this venue will be finished just in time for KAMERS/Makers – one of the first events to be hosted there – and of course, that’s exactly why every local design fundi has got to check out.
#5 Keep The Change
Skip the ATM queue and avoid walking around with wads of cash you can’t keep track of. Simply swipe your credit or debit card in this cashless environment, or load up your KAMERS/Makers card with the amount you intend spending for the day and avoid getting hot under the collar entirely. We’ve partnered with Absa to make your shopping experience safe and hassle-free.
#6 New Homegrown Talent
Think you’ve seen it all? Think again! Of the 116 makers selected for this KAMERS/Makers show, 40 percent are new to Johannesburg. If you are a lover of local design, then this reason alone should get you there – especially given that there will be loads of products created just for the spring and summer seasons. We call it the coolest stuff you’ve never seen!
Photos: Nomi Handmade, Kikoi, PoolPillowz, Temple of Reason, Promenade Vintage, PJ Pops, The Galleria, Lauren Kim Photography, Aya Goods