December 20, 2011 City of Johannesburg Written by Lucille Davie
Johannesburg South Africa
FIRST it was the Bamboo farmers’ market in Melville, then the Market on Main at Arts in downtown Joburg. Now it’s the Fashion Kapitol market in the CBD.
At present 16 or so seamstresses and tailors have stalls in the courtyard of the Kapitol, in the Fashion District, every Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
“It’s authentic Joburg wear,” says Rees Mann, the Fashion District mover and shaker. He sees the market growing in time, particularly as there is now a beauty salon and restaurant in the Kapitol.
The Kapitol, with Joburg’s first public outdoor fashion ramp, was launched in February this year with Joburg Fashion Week and Saturday, 10 December, saw the best student designs from the SewAfrica Training Centre on show.
Several buildings were demolished to create the exciting space, a square with 30 shops facing it, and an arcade linking Prichard and Market streets. In offices upstairs the Gordon Institute of Business Science has set up shop. Medo, the Micro Enterprise Development Organisation, which connects large companies with emerging micro enterprises also has office space here.
The Kapitol takes up most of the block, which is situated in the heart of the district, comprising of about 26 blocks on the eastern edge of the CBD – bordered by Market, Kerk, Von Weilligh and End Streets.
The district houses over 300 fashion-related micro-businesses, with seamstresses and tailors from across southern Africa represented.
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