This year’s Kamers Autumn 2015 event in Johannesburg may just have come to a close, but the enthusiastic buzz will last for sometime to come, amongst Jozi shoppers and lifestyle enthusiasts alike, plus the many entrepreneurs that were showcasing their fabulous products there.
There is no doubt that over the long late April weekend, Kamers Vol Geskenke at St John’s School in Johannesburg was definitely the place to be. The sun was shining for most of the time bringing shoppers and great leisure time seekers out in their droves, with only one day’s wet weather trying to put a damper on otherwise lively spirits. The venue was a huge hit, with the wonderful old school quads and the steep old stone terracing overlooking the rugby fields and the city below providing the ideal place to sit and relax and take advantage of the fabulous food and drink options on offer. Visitors were spoiled for choice, from champagne and oysters through to coffee and cake.
LoA had a great time meeting and interviewing a host of incredibly talented women entrepreneurs who were taking part in the event and showcasing the best in South African design and craft talent. Some of our favourite products on display were the beautiful, handcrafted soaps and wonderful essential oils from O’live, all made with incredible natural ingredients found in the Western Cape. We also loved the fun children’s teepees made by Mokopu baby products, a great place for your little ones to let their imaginations run riot. We simply adored the cute little tin boxes containing fabulous lunchbox letters designed by Volhart, allowing you to send inspirational and loving messages to your children throughout their school day. And, on the fashion front, the HannahCollection of gorgeous relaxed yet really stylish leisurewear was a must-have for any design conscious fashion-fundie, as were the wonderful designs of August. These and many more stories will be featured on our StartUpStories section of the Lionesses of Africa website.
Wanda du Toit, the founder and organiser of Kamers, commented on the importance of events such as Kamers to provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs from the creative and handcrafted sector to showcase their work to enthusiastic buyers.
“What is important about events like Kamers is that is a very safe and trustworthy springboard from which to showcase women-owned businesses. We like to think of ourselves as a business incubator for young startups. What is unusual is that we actually select and curate every company and product that comes through the Kamers showcase - we also ensure that we are creating a wonderful environment to be in through our selection of food and music to keep everyone entertained over the days of the event.”