Shopping South Africa's Hottest Designers at The Watershed
For years the large warehouse next to the Two Oceans Aquarium was a dimly lit place where local craftsmen hawked traditional African curios. Many of these items were duplicates of items already found in Green Market Square, or worse, made in China. The popularity of local markets and handcrafted goods in South Africa has increased tremendously in the last five years, with Cape Town leading the pack as World Design Capital in 2014. Despite the entrepreneurial outpouring, the opportunities to purchase goods from local makers remained fragmented and spread out across the city's numerous weekly markets. The opening of The Watershed, a daily permanent market at the V&A Waterfront, marks the opportunity for international visitors to shop 150 of South Africa's best makers in one central location.
The application process for a booth at The Watershed is strict and ensures a wide variety of high quality products are displayed. The upstairs of The Watershed features an open-air floor plan with several wellness vendors, as well as, event space available for rental. From leather bags, to jewelry, clothing and art, this is one stop you'll want to save room in your luggage for.