Our Story

From a few kamers…

SA’s biggest pop-up retail phenomenon began in a few kamers (rooms) of a Stellenbosch house in 2003, as Kamers vol Geskenke.

A few close friends had long dreamed of creating a platform where creative entrepreneurs and artisans could come together for inspiration, support and, most importantly, to meet potential customers.

To a national treasure

From this first KAMERS show – where just 40 makers hosted 800 visitors – KAMERS/Makers has indeed become a phenomenon, with our 5 national shows now seeing more than 60 000 visitors taking their personal picks of more than 600 Makers in Cape Town, Jozi, Bloem, Stellenbosch and Pretoria!

In the last few years, we have launched our KAMERS Online Marketplace and 2020’s enforced lockdowns saw us create the KM SPACE pop-up store concept – a collective in-Mall shop space which proved a great success, giving our loyal followers a taste of SA’s phenomenal artisan talent 7 days a week.

What makes KAMERS/Makers unique?

If there is a single phrase that can sum up the KAMERS/Makers ethos, it might be this…

Gentle and genuine

From the start, KAMERS/Makers has been about sharing and supporting. With a historical focus on female SA entrepreneurs in an era where retail was a challenge for women, we’ve always valued sisterhood and family in our team and have worked tirelessly to offer support ‘as a family’ to all our suppliers.

A KAMERS/Makers show is most certainly a GENTLE experience – a free-flowing celebration of things fresh and unique, of handmade artistry and face-to-face encounters with those who produce it. Fine food and music in stunning locations complete the magic.

We are GENUINE in that we aim to break new ground by sourcing proudly South African creative talent and innovative product ideas that are exclusive, creative and retail focused, while offering a nurturing environment and safe space for small businesses to grow.

KAMERS/Makers has, over almost 2 decades, built an extraordinary community of creative artisans… a platform for sharing and collaborating on ideas, supporting each other through honesty, tolerance and understanding, and believing in all of our ability and creative talent.

For this reason, it’s a source of tremendous pride to us that, over the years, dozens of our first-time traders have built highly successful businesses from the platform that KAMERS/Makers has provided. Why such success?

Firstly – because South Africans are proudly local supporters and|
secondly, because, show after show, year after year – the amazing Makers of this country have continually come up with the creative goods, allowing us to never disappoint with our mantra:

KAMERS/Makers – for the coolest stuff you’ve never seen!