Back row from left to right: Bulelwa Gwazube aka Pinkie, Sihle Bhengu, Noma Hlathi, Carolina Pereira, Bawinile Lamola and Sonia Hillebrand
Front row from left to right: Luisa Resende, Boledi, Fatima Pereira and Cynthia Sekhoto

Sandton-based décor destination Kramerville Corner played host to an inspiring high tea as they celebrated their eight women-owned businesses in August.

The event’s purpose was to provide a networking opportunity for the women to discuss their business journeys and create opportunities for potential future partnerships. The women celebrated their achievements and shared their success stories over delicious treats and beverages.

The event took place at the elegant Bravo Brands Experience Centre, where guests enjoyed more than just their showroom but a bespoke event space with various furniture and décor brands. 

With more than 121 years of craftsmanship and legacy to its name, Bravo Brands is the market leader in home and lifestyle comfort in Africa.

Bravo Brands sponsored a set of Sealy pillows to one lucky guest who can continue enjoying her beauty sleep in ultimate luxury.

The high tea’s MC and speaker, Boledi Makanatleng, spoke about the importance of work-life balance and undoubtedly succeeded in uplifting and inspiring the women to continue to prosper and thrive in their various already successful business endeavours.

Makanatleng is a graduate of psychology, a mom of three, a social media influencer and content creator. She’s also an advocate for holistic well-being and exercise to sustain mental health. She is the founder of an Instagram series called “Mental Health and Motherhood with Boledi”.

The day’s second speaker was the inspiring Bawinile Lamola, owner of The Oval Touch and Finer Finishings based in Kramerville Corner. Lamola spoke passionately about her career, from aspiring to be a chartered accountant to running a fashion and furniture brand. She obtained a postgraduate diploma in applied accounting sciences from Unisa – The University of South Africa in 2019. She is the wife of Mr Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services.

The eight businesses that were celebrated on the day included The Oval Touch (Lamola), Finer Finishings (Lamola), Atelier 33 (Cheilene Kenneth-Watts), Griffiths & Griffiths (Gladys Griffiths), Heavenly Feather (“Bonnie” Bronwyn Lee Stanley), Jenny Bruce Interiors (Jennifer Bruce), Victorian Bathrooms (Margaret Goodale), and Whatnot Leather & Fabric (Sandie Barbour).

The Oval Touch is a boutique for ladies’ apparel for all occasions. The high-end furniture company, Finer Finishings, offers one-of-a-kind custom furniture items, each with a distinctive design, fabric, texture, and shape. High-end fitted furniture design and precise installation are the focus of the Gauteng-based design company Atelier 33. They specialise in kitchens, bathroom vanities, wardrobes, studies, bars, and wine cellars.

One of Africa’s premier providers of luxury furniture, Griffiths & Griffiths is renowned for its classic designs and handcrafted genuine mahogany furniture. Their designs are influenced by Classical English furniture from the Georgian and Regency eras. 

Designers of interior spaces can purchase feather products from Heavenly Feather, including beanbags, cushions, pillows, duvets, and upholstery. Their exquisite fabric line mixes elements of nature and culture, art and craftsmanship, and textile expertise.

Jennifer Bruce is an established and respected interior designer in Sandton. You’ll find gorgeous decoration items at Jenny Bruce Interiors. They emphasize the science and art of enhancing an interior environment.

Victorian Bathrooms is recognized as South Africa’s expert provider of luxury bathroom goods in the classic style. They have supplied prestigious residential and hospitality destinations in SA and abroad.

Whatnot Leather & Fabric is a family-owned business that supplies wholesale leather and fabric. Their story stems from a simple passion for natural materials, leathers, and key partnerships.

A new store Divine Spaces Projects, headed by Cynthia Sekhoto, will soon join the Kramerville Corner collective. They provide tailored interior design solutions for their clients in various industries. Through creativity and teamwork, Sekhoto and her group contribute to creating divine spaces that are delightfully functional. 

Sekhoto was warmly welcomed as a member of the formidable group of women business owners.

“The goal of Kramerville Corner’s marketing efforts is to raise brand awareness by fostering chances for collaboration and networking throughout the year,” said marketing manager Sihle Bhengu.

“Remember, behind every successful woman is the drive to succeed. There’s no limit to what we as women can accomplish together, so here’s to cherishing the inspiring women in our lives,” she added.

About Kramerville Corner
With over 200 home furnishings, accessories, and more product lines, Kramerville Corner serves as the hub of commerce for the furniture, gift, and home décor industries. They bring buyers and sellers from the global marketplace together in the most effective, efficient, and captivating buildings. Through its six office, retail, and showroom buildings, Kramerville Corner offers a unique shopping experience. This incredible selection of leading furniture brands is housed in this iconic building, which features cutting-edge architecture, and a layout of suites designed to integrate with each other and adjoined with all six buildings.

Submitted by Hustle Media