Focusing on artisanal food, wine and design, the theme for this year’s fair is ‘A Return to Making’, highlighting the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into every item produced.

As curator Cassandra Twala notes: “The 9th edition of Sanlam HmC is about a restored focus on our founding sentiment – celebrating the beauty of making. We have set out to amplify the journey of how products are created, the richness in their materiality and the uniqueness of the beautiful stories told through their craftsmanship.”

VIP guests opened the fair on Thursday night and were treated to curated conversations at the Bisquit lounge and a beautiful cacophony of stalls from jewellery and hats to light fittings and kaftans.

The fair features over 120 curated exhibitors, facilitating a high-end shopping experience for discerning customers. Highlights from this year’s fair include jewellery-makers Lorne, Waif and Pichuluk; clothing labels Selfi, Butter Pudding and Lukhanyo Mdingi; millinery brand Simon & Mary and the award-winning minimal oak furniture of Houtlander.

*The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair takes place at Hyde Park Corner, from 12pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are available both online and at the door. For more information visit