KAMERS/Makers open in Hyde Park. Image via PxHere

Innovative spaces re-envision local retail in current COVID-19 times

Popular local design collective KAMERS/Makers space is set to launch a new upmarket space at Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg on 28 August 2020.


KAMERS/Makers open in Hyde Park. Image via PxHere

The KAMERS/Makers creative space will showcase the arts, crafts, and designs of over 70 creatives from around the country.

The new space in Johannesburg follows closely in the footsteps of the recently launched pop-up stores in Stellenbosch, which opened in June 2020, and the V&A Waterfront in late July. These new concepts offer the best of both worlds for KAMERS/Makers fans who can now shop for an eclectic variety of products presented at the KAMERS/Makers shows in a standalone store.

The innovative new spaces re-envision the way of doing retail in current COVID-19 times with all areas being COVID-19 screened and certified, along with regulated entry and safety procedures.

KM creative CEO Wanda Du Toit is very excited about being able to get back to business.

“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,” she says.

The KAMERS/Makers Story

KAMERS/Makers had humble beginnings in the rooms (kamers) of a Stellenbosch house in 2003 when a few close friends decided to create a platform where artisans and entrepreneurs could come together for inspirations, to showcase their works and meet customers.

From that first show, which had 40 makers and saw 800 visitors, the platform has grown into South Africa’s largest pop-up retail phenomenon with 2016 seeing five national shows featuring more than 600 exhibitors and hosting over 58,000 visitors.

They have also launched an online marketplace where customers can find a wealth of amazing local arts, crafts, and handmade items from designers around the country.

Catering to COVID

Despite the restrictions of COVID-19, KAMERS/Makers has defied the norm and has opened up a beautiful, creative space in Hyde Park Corner that will give artisans and entrepreneurs a platform to bring their incomparably eclectic mix of creations to Joburg for the first time.

All three new shops will follow strict protocols according to COVID-19 regulations, including being screened and certified to ensure the safety of all customers and offering a cashless system with a single central pay-point for shopper convenience.

Looking ahead

Another exciting launch on the cards for later this year will be that of Makers Landing, which will focus on the local food industry and will champion small business development. The entity will be based at the new Cape Town Cruise Terminal and will act as an incubator for the local food industry and will showcase authentic South African food.

Makers Landing will feature a kitchen studio and event space that showcases and celebrates South African food heritage. There will be a kitchen incubator space where foodpreneurs will be mentored by leading chefs and have access to a commercial kitchen to develop their ideas and test and produce their products.

The initiative will also feature a Makers’ Space with plenty of eateries, food stalls, and small restaurants selling fresh produce, baked goods, and much more.

Executive manager of marketing at the V&A Waterfront, Tinyiko Mageza sees Makers Landing being a “place where people can meet, eat, drink, shop and work, as well as a platform where foodpreneurs can innovate, learn and grow their businesses within a local food community.”

“We want to celebrate our diverse food heritage and culture, and we want to showcase good food created by real people with real stories to tell.”