The age of custom-made: Pretoria designers thrive

New life has been injected into creative businesses in Pretoria since The Brooklyn Design Fair opened its doors at the Brooklyn Square parkade in Pretoria. The Fair takes place on the first Friday of every month from 16:00 until 21:00. And the locals are loving it!

In response to the demand for custom-made and non-mainstream living, The Brooklyn Design Fair opened its doors on Friday, 06 June 2014 at the second floor parking at Brooklyn Square, Pretoria. Conveniently, entrance to The Fair is free of charge.

Filled with beautiful design, tantalising refreshments and live entertainment, The Fair aims to give young entrepreneurs, local traders and small business owners the chance to showcase their work at a regular pop-up event.


“Our goal is to create a platform where our vendors can generate leads, orders and sales,” says Beninca Steyn, one of The Brooklyn Design Fair founders. “Through The Fair we encourage Pretoria residents to be proudly local and support local businesses.”

“The Brooklyn Design Fair creates a space for likeminded designers to showcase our products to the Pretoria public with an appreciation for contemporary design,” says P.G Needham, creator and owner of Needham Leather Goods.

Inge-Marie Kleynhans, owner of FanFairyTastic, a children’s party and entertainment company, adds that she has not missed a single event; “The Fair has given me wonderful exposure, which has in turn generated countless add-on opportunities for my company.”

The next event on Friday, 07 November 2014, themed the NovemBEER & Wine Fair, will offer a variety of craft beer, in addition to fine wine, food, fashion and design.

Corlie Schoeman, Cleilap ceramics owner, says that there is only one thing she will change; “The Brooklyn Design Fair should take place more often, at least every second week, because I absolutely love it!”

For more information about The Brooklyn Design Fair, please visit or find it on Facebook and Twitter.DSC_0444

Author: Represent

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