If you are in a city in Africa and want to recommend a favourite local store or designer – send me the details.I would love to hear from you. Here are my picks from Johannesburg.

1 Workshop Newtown

Photography by Chris Saunders

This place has it all. Conceived by the duo behind Source, Trevyn and Julian McGown, you just know you are in safe hands. Not only does it showcase a superb collection of local designers – the MaXhosa range of menswear by Laduma is a particular favourite, as is Sophia Bali jewellery by Naledi Mazabane – it also hosts a fab urban PIC NIC from 12pm-5pm on the last Saturday of every month. You can take a PIC NIC basket and blanket and sit on the lawns enjoying some of South Africa’s finest up and coming musicians. Find them at Newtown Junction – 100 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

Workshop Newtown

2 D.O.P.E

A two level lifestyle space in the heart of Johannesburg’s commercial and business district. The fashion is mix of both local and global brands aimed at a young, hip, customers. Skaterboys and fashionable urbanistas abound. Find them at 95 Commissioner Street, Marshall Town.

DOPE Website

3 Loincloth & Ashes

So. If it’s good enough for Solange Knowles, who am I to argue? Modern, functional, relevant design with a Neo African point of view. Classic outfits made with a mix of traditional methods and materials and new techniques. LCA is the brainchild of Tanzanian born Anisa Mpungwe. They have a good, simple online store but you can find their studio on the 8th Floor, Access City, 5 Beacon Road, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2094

Loincloth And Ashes Website

4 Rozanne and Pushkin

Rozanne Immerman’s beautiful store has evolved from stocking purely own-designed couture to repping local designers as well as featuring imported fashion. The style is fun and light, with some very nice pieces. Find her at The Zone in Rosebank.

Rozanne & Pushkin Website


Chic, reasonably priced, and in the gorgeous 44 Stanley Centre. Clothing is elegant and trendy and highlights South African designers and producers such as Green Kyle and Endless Jewellery

AYK Website