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Handmade Contemporary Fair – over R102 000 in sales and orders

Tuesday, 29 October 2019  
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It was a successful Handmade Contemporary Fair in Johannesburg for a group of five CDI members this month as they took home over R102 000 in sales and orders. Held on the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner, the Fair gives Jo’burg buyers and trend watchers the opportunity to be the first to encounter and experience the work of top emerging creatives.


The event is renowned for being a market where shoppers can pick up unique, exquisitely crafted goods that exemplify the growth of the luxury artisanal industry in South Africa and across the African continent.


This year, the CDI businesses featuring were Cool Tabs, O’live Handmade Soaps, Indwe Designs, One of Each, and Armoury Campbell Leather.


The group attended thanks to funding from the Department of Small Business Development.

CDI facilitated this market access opportunity for the five businesses as part of its annual programme of funded activities for the sector.


There was also a host of long-standing CDI members present at the Fair this year; many familiar faces to the CDI over the years who have grown and now fund their own participation in various annual market events around the country. This included Design Africa, Mervyn Gers Ceramics, Pichulik, Love Supreme and Matsidiso Shoes and Bags just to name a few.


Tamburai Chirume of One of Each reported that the Fair was great and that is was good to connect with new and old customers, as well as other creative brands in the industry.


Zenobia Campbell of Campbell Armoury said that it was their first time at the Fair, and it was positive for their brand.

“Thank you again for including us, the value of the marketing we could do cannot be subscribed in value, i.e. Rands and cents. We were able to extend our footprint as well as our client base. Thank you CDI for making it possible!” she said.

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