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REGULAR market-goers who feel as though they have “been there, done that” can look forward to a fresh, upmarket twist on artisanal fairs when True-blue Makers hits Gqeberha from October 1 to 3.

This exclusive exhibition-style event will showcase the work of 35 hand-picked designers and artisans from across South Africa, many of whom have never shown their products in Nelson Mandela Bay.

According to organiser, Elsje Smuts, the intention is to create a high-end gathering of creatives that feature limited collections with an emphasis on quality, exclusivity and bespoke design.

“It’s really exciting to be able to bring something fresh like this to our city,” said Smuts, adding that the stylish La Colline country estate would provide a fitting backdrop for the pop-up event.

“The exhibitors will appear by invitation only. Visitors will know many of them – like The Bloom Space and Stonecamp Leather – from their beautiful Instagram profiles, but now they will be able to see and buy their products in real life.”

On offer will be a selection of previously unseen delights ranging from clothing, jewellery and luxury leather goods to natural skincare, confectionery, homeware and ceramics.

Smuts, who is also the organiser behind the annual Christmas in the Home market, said the luxury items would be displayed in a shop-style set-up instead of traditional stalls, with a central pay point for added shopping convenience.

“The venue, food and entertainment will complement the standard and style of the goods on offer, promising a fabulous day out in the country.”

Trueblue Makers will take place at La Colline on Friday, October 1, from 10:00 to 19:00, on Saturday, October 2, from 09:00 to 17:00, and on Sunday, October 3 from 09:00 to 14:00. All COVID-19 protocols will apply.

  • For more information, follow Trueblue Makers on Facebook and Instagram.
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