Joburg’s not naturally a destination associated with luxury. Its early origins are more tied to grit, determination and lots of hard work. A dusty gold mining tent camp that became an African metropolis, the city’s first residents’ idea of luxury was finding a space to escape the dust from the gold diggings. On the other hand gold and the desire for it have always been a part of this place and people continue to be lured here in search of shiny stuff. To make it easier to find it we’ve compiled this essential guide to where to shop for luxury items in Joburg.
Premier shopping centre Sandton City’s bling-filled Diamond Walk is the place to find global luxury household names like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and a host of other luxury brands.
Sandton City, 83 Rivonia Rd, Sandton
This is where you’ll find contemporary ‘department’ stores such as 2A and Luminance purveying a multitude of global luxury brands. Among the many international labels at Luminance you’ll also find Pichiluk’s eye-catching coiled rope necklaces, Gillian Fuller Beaded Cuffs, hand-made Ngwenya Glass from Swaziland and Joburg design label Marianne Fassler. Book a personal shopping experience to be waited on by a stylist in a private room. For jewellery to sigh over there’s Charles Greig jewellers, a family business started in the 1890s by a Scotsman who arrived in Johannesburg to supply a hungry mining town with much-needed clocks. Today the windows are replete with luxury timepieces, gold and diamonds, amethyst and rubies. This is also the place to find Ardmore ceramic art, unique hand-sculpted and hand-painted objets d'art and tableware created at Ardmore farm set amid the Drakensberg Mountains.