It’s difficult to avoid the pedestrian word “beautiful” when trying to describe the general set-up of one of Parkhurst’s newest joints, Ants — a general merchandise store of pretty high order that stocks clothing, vinyl, homeware and accessories. The brainchild of Guiyani Monteiro, Ants is a physical anthology of beautifully curated trinkets from around the country and the world. Featuring clothing collections by cult designers such as Tamara Cherie Dyson and children’s wear by Butter Pudding, artisan crockery, cutlery and candles, Ants is positioning itself as a new hub for independent artists and designers, promising a calendar of exhibitions and gatherings that will add some hip to the otherwise haughty scene in Parkhurst.
Ants, 57 6th Street, Parkhurst, Jo’burg. @we.are.ants on Instagram
Milisuthando Bongela is the Mail & Guardian's arts and culture editor. She is a multi award-winning writer, blogger and collaborator. She has experience in the arts having worked in fashion, music, art and film as well as a decade-long career in consulting, entrepreneurship, blogging and cultural activism. She is also directing a documentary about hair and black identity, a film she calls the report card on the rainbow nation project. Read more from Milisuthando Bongela