From a couple of 'Kamers' (rooms)
SA’s biggest pop-up retail phenomenon had humble beginnings... in the hastily cleared-out rooms of a Stellenbosch house in 2003, as Kamers vol Geskenke.
A few friends dreamed of creating a platform where creative artisans could come together for inspiration, support and, most importantly, to sell to potential customers.
They cleared out the 'kamers' in their home, where
they hosted about 30 Makers... and 800 shoppers.
Fast forward to 2022 - where almost 60,000 discerning SA customers enjoyed the products of over 300 Makers at our 6 national shows!
If there is a single phrase that can sum up the KAMERS/Makers ethos, it might be this… Gentle and genuine
From the start, KAMERS/Makers has been about sharing and supporting. With a historical focus on female SA entrepreneurs in an era where retail was a challenge for women, we’ve always valued sisterhood and family in our team and have worked tirelessly to offer support ‘as a family’ to all our suppliers.
A KAMERS/Makers show is certainly a GENTLE experience, a free-flowing celebration of things fresh and unique, of handmade artistry and face-to-face encounters with those who produce it. Fine food and music in stunning locations complete the magic.
We're GENUINE in our aim to always feature proudly South African creative talent and fresh product ideas that are exclusive, creative and retail focused, while offering a nurturing environment and safe space for small businesses to grow.
KAMERS/Makers has, over almost 2 decades, built an thriving community of creative artisans… a platform for sharing and collaborating on ideas, supporting each other through honesty, tolerance and understanding, and believing in all of our ability and creative talent.
For this reason, it’s a source of tremendous pride to us that, over the years, dozens of our first-time traders have built highly successful businesses from the platform that KAMERS/Makers has provided. Why such success?
Firstly – because South Africans are proudly local supporters and secondly, because, show after show, year after year – the amazing Makers of SA continue to create the most amazing products, meaning that we never disappoint with our mantra:
KAMERS/Makers – the coolest stuff you’ve never seen!
Co-Owner, Chief Creative Officer
Co-Owner, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer email@example.com
Project Manager &
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Brand & Business Strategist
Creative Assistant & Mzansi Maker