Kamers/Makers (better known as Kamers vol Geskenke) has grown leaps and bounds since they first started, with various events spread across the country. These markets are a great space to discover and shop fresh local talent crafting everything from fashion and accessories to homewear, stationary and more. All the shows have a unique appeal (I spent a whole day sipping bubbles on the lawns of the Castle in Cape Town this year) but my favourite remains Stellenbosch, which features a massive selection of local designers in a pristine winelands setting.
Kamers is not just about selling you pretty things, but about giving local designers a leg up in this industry. They have established names at the shows but also plenty of unknown talent who can use the market as a means to gain exposure and network with fellow creatives.
This year they took things even further by launching Mzansi Makers, their ‘making good’ project. This non-profit organisation sources, mentors and showcases talent from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. In this way they hope to upskill new entrepreneurs and help them to build viable businesses.
The first of the Mzansi Makers was featured at the Cape Town Castle show and they’ll have five new Mzansi Makers projects at the Summer 2017 shows, kicking off with the Stellenbosch showcase at Anura Wine Estate.
Kamers/Makers Stellenbosch further promises more than 30 new makers, spread out over the venue on Anura Vineyards. And if you’re not in the valley, don’t worry. The makers are heading to Irene, Pretoria from 5 – 10 December.
Kamers has once again partnered with Absa on their Cashless initiative. You’ll still be able to use your own card at the vendors, or load a cashless card with funds.
Details for Kamers/Makers Stellenbosch 2017
Dates & Times: 31 Oct – 5 Nov 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 daily
Venue: Anura Vineyards
Cost: R60 at www.plankton.mobi, R80 at the entrance. Tickets include a limited edition KAMERS/Makers shopper bag and magazine. Multiple entry tickets available at R120.
Gala Preview Charity Evening: 30 October from 16:00 – 20:0o, R150 pp