What it means to shop local, the benefits behind this practice, and some local shops we are loving.
What does it mean to shop local?
Shopping local is an act whereby consumers do their shopping (whether it is clothing, groceries or anything else they may need) from a local business/shop instead of shopping at an international retail franchise.
What are some benefits of shopping local?
- It helps to reduce the carbon footprint
- Consumers support local businesses
- You contribute in the investment of your community
- Local job creation numbers increase
Here are some South African clothing brands you should try:
This store is based in the city of Cape Town and is owned by Celeste Lee Arendse. This brand is all about self-empowerment and self-improvement. If you’re a lover of the environment then this brand is definitely for you.
This womenswear brand is owned by Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza. This South African brand takes inspiration from strong women of the 40s as well as 80s and with a modern feel.
This South African brand is named after its founder Rich Mnisi. This designer gets his design inspiration from pop culture and this is shown through his work. He showcases quirky designs with skillful fabric manipulation, androgyny, and different textures.
The brand MaXhosa is founded by Laduma Ngxokolo who designs premium knitwear for both men and women. His inspiration is taken from the Xhosa culture. His brand honors traditional Xhosa beadwork and uses mohair and wool from South Africa.
Article was written by: Reneilwe Monametsi