Gone are the days when the only way you could find locally made designer goods was to head over to the market downtown.
Today, sellers and customers connect, buy and sell using online marketplaces, e-commerce platforms that promote bespoke products without each designer having to set up his own web store.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of five top sites featuring local products we love.
From vintage, to abstract, funky and organic, Hello Pretty showcases a range of art, wedding, jewellery, food, house, kids and men’s products created by South African designers and creatives. And to make sure the guys don’t feel left out, Hello Pretty also has a dedicated website just for them called Hello Man, featuring products under the same categories.
Utique selects and features all things quirky, creative and unique from various designers, artists and small businesses from all corners of South Africa. Products are featured under 5 categories including, Home and Garden, Women, Men, Kids and Gifts. We love that most of the products on Utique don’t come with a hefty price tag, yet don’t compromise on quality and design. International shoppers have the option of using the US Dollar, British Pound or Euro to pay for their products.
MzansiStore offers a platform for small-scale makers of handcrafted products to sell their products and make monetary transactions that generate income directly to sellers. Seller can also market their products featured on Mzansi Store to their various networks using social media. Mzansi Store has a wide selection of products under Women, Men, Kids, Bath and Beauty, Living and Home, Jewellery, Art, Wedding and Gift Vouchers. At the moment, the site’s homepage features products from the recently showcased World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event.
If you’re looking at giving your house, workspace or office a bit of a makeover or just adding something unique to it, Africandy curates a selection of furniture, accessories, kitchen and tableware, lighting and lifestyle products created by established and emerging South African designers. If you’re planning a wedding, house-warming or any other celebratory event, Africandy has a gift registry section where you can compile a list of your favourite products and email to your friends and family.
Trendy is definitely one word that comes to mind when browsing through Design Kist. It features designer fabrics, wallpaper and patterned products by South African artists and designers. Each product can bring life and a bit of South African flavour to any wall or room you’re looking at revamping. Most of the designs beautifully represent something uniquely South African such as wild animals, Cape flora, traditional tribal patterns and more.