Translating Joburg - The Fashion Edition

Photo credit: Marijke Willems 

Photo credit: Marijke Willems 

I just love events, and what a special night Monday was. Such a fantastic group of incredibly talented ladies, who are making such an impact in this city of gold.  

Our second #TranslatingJoburg was once again a sell out! 60 of us gathered in the beautiful co office working space in Parktown North called Nomads and Co. We shopped up a storm, learnt who amongst us owned more than 50 pairs of shoes, or travels the world to attend fashion events! Everyone left feeling inspired to chase their dreams, having met a few new friends along the way.  

“I was nervous to attend tonight on my own, by my goodness I’m glad I did, it was just what I needed, so many friendly people, I am leaving feeling so inspired.” Rose - Parkhurst  
“What a fantastic concept, I am so glad we came, and we will be here again with more of our friends" 

We opened our doors at 6:30pm to showcase some of Joburgs best fashion brands, the beautiful Henriette Botha's jewellery range,

WorkShopNew Town, KISUA, South by South and the wonderful Hlamvu Afrocentric Boutique. Everyone was welcomed with a glass of wine and set the challenge to introduce themselves to those they didn’t know by completing the Fashion Bingo challenge. The winner Leanne Godden  won two tickets to Wine Not Pop Up Bar coming up in 26th April. 


Our guests mingled, shopped drank and ate the stunning canapés prepared by the truly talented Philippa Robinson (Masterchef runner up) from Love and Lemons.  

We all took our seats for our panel discussion, picking up tricks of the trade from our very own Joburg trendsetters; 

Joburg jewellery designer Henriette Botha  
Anna-Bell Durant from She Said,
Kelly Fung fashion & beauty editor of Marie Claire SA
Lauren Bydawell from Work Shop New Town
Founder South by South childrenswear boutique - Susan Symondson
Fashion stylist Loraine Sibanda  

Each expert clearly demonstrated how they are living out their passion, giving tips on how they had created their dream business/ profession. All agreed that “Focus” played a large part:

Loraine encouraged us all to know why we want to start something, the true motivation behind our actions, before starting, that way when things get tough you can read your motivations to help you get back on track. The other important tip for her has been the creation of a support network, surrounding yourself with people who believe in what you are trying to do. 


What makes Joburg in Fashion unique?  

Best product for the dry winter months: 



Joburg Gems

Next the panel gave us their insights into their Fav Joburg spots by answering

"If you have visitors in town, where do you take them?"


Kensington, the wonderful strip of antique shops on Queen Street, and fantastic Portuguese Princessa (Try the custard Tarts) and grab the best pizza in town at Gema’s  

Urban Picnic at Workshop NewTown - each Saturday afternoon!  
1st Thursdays of each month, come to newtown for live music, theatre and galleries are all open.  

Parktonian Hotel - most amazing open air deck, you can buy drink from the bar downstairs and head on up to experience some of the best views in Joburg. 

Henriette - Love to take them into town, thats were I grew up, at the Museum of African Design, the top of Carlton Centre for the views. 


 “the vision behind Translating Joburg is to encourage both expats and Jozi natives to experience Johannesburg as if you only had 6 months left here, to explore new places, revisit old favourites, and to see it through a fresh pair of eyes."

Thanks again to all our sponsors, and the wonderful Lizette from Nomads for making it all possible. If you missed #TranslatingJoburg this time, not to worry - we run them every other month - so come join us on the 20th June to hear the stories behind Jozi.