KAMERS Spring 2016
Oh KAMERS, how I love you so. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a little KAMERS obsessed, and this marks the third time that I’m blogging about my favourites at this beaut pop-up market. The first few times I attending KAMERS it was at St John’s, but for their first spring edition they’ve moved house and are now at The Galleria in Kramerville – a totally different spot for this splash of creativity. Welcome, welcome, KAMERS Spring 2016.
There are some good and bad points about the new Kramerville space. For starters, there isn’t a whole load of parking, which is an area that St John’s certainly excelled in. But, I’ll hand it to the amazing KAMERS team – they’ve made the best of the situation with lots of security guards and golf carts on hand to drive you to and from your car, which is kinda lovely. And while the venue doesn’t have quite the same attraction as the antique halls of an old school, it’s light and airy and doesn’t have the cramped feel that so often accompanies pop-up markets. My main piece of advice at this new venue would be to make sure that you actually see everything – the venue is a little spread out and you don’t want to miss the beautiful stores on the upper levels, so don’t spend all of your time only hanging out in the marquees
After spending a few hours over there yesterday with my lovely besty Anna-Belle from She Said (take a look at her blog post here too), here’s my round-up of five not-to-miss stalls at KAMERS Spring 2016.
The Skin Creamery
This was the first time I’ve come into contact with Cape Town based skin care range The Skin Creamery, and I immediately fell in love with their beautiful, natural, organic products. We tried a couple of the products and not only do they feel incredible, they smell amazing too. Head over to sample some of the amazing lotions and potions developed by skin expert Hannah Rubin, and make sure you take a few home with you like I did. Having discovered that they stock the range at The Beautiful Life store in Parkhurst, my skin will be endlessly glad that I won’t run out.
I’ve been following +NESS on Instagram for a while now, but I was so very amped to get to see some of their stuff in person – and of course bring some of it home with me for our walls (sorry Ant, sorry bank account.) This incredible architect duo ‘draws and depicts the ‘essence’ of a building, suburb, or city using standard architectural elevation as a tool. By uncovering what makes a piece of architecture unique, they find its NESS.’ The result? Beautiful limited edition miniature drawings of over 60 buildings in South Africa’s four major cities – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Tshwane. I am absolutely obsessed with these guys – don’t miss them.
I’m a little amazed that I hadn’t heard of Galago before, because this is 100% the kind of thing I go NUTS for. They recently opened a store in Parkhurst, but you can also shop their beautiful shoes online, or at KAMERS obviously. The concept is so awesome – you choose all the different parts of your shoe and then match them together for an awesome and unique sandal. How great is that?!
Temple of Reason
HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THESE SHORTS?! My only sadness is that they’re for men, but to be honest there’s a good chance I’m gonna end up buying some for me AND Ant because I love them so much. Temple of Reason are an incredible Cape Town design label that specialise in mens swimwear and create basically the very best things to be seen in when Summer rolls around. The prints are absolutely amazing, and the best part is that each collection is designed as a limited edition piece by a South African artist, and a percentage of the profit then goes to a charity of the artist’s choice. Love love love this brand – shop them online here.
My Hares and Graces
I’ve been lucky enough to know Carol from My Hares and Graces for my entire life, and I am still amazed every day by how beautiful her work is. Carol creates life-size sculptures of hares (and now a few cats and dogs, too) which I’ve been in love with for quite a few years now, and it’s always so lovely to get to see them all in person at KAMERS. Each animal has its own mould made from silicone with a fibreglass resin casing, which is then hand-cast using an acrylic resin and meticulously finished by hand, which means that each one has its own distinct character. I love how well the spirit of each animal is captured – the stretched out cat reminds me exactly of my own cats. If you can’t make KAMERS this weekend, you can also shop My Hares and Graces online.
Planning a visit? Let me know what you bought and which stalls you loved.
KAMERS Spring 2016
28 September – 2 October 2016 The Galleria, Kramerville, Sandton 9:00-17:00 daily
R50 at www.plankton.mobi R70 at the entrance R100 for a 5-day pass Student and pensioner discount available at the entrance Free entry for under 18’s (does not include bag)
The Galleria M1 Place, 10 Eastern Service Road Sandton, 2146, Johannesburg