In Cape Town, the streets tell stories—not just of its rich history but of its thriving present. Every corner is a canvas, every alley an avenue of artistry. Central to this urban tapestry is the city’s thriving streetwear scene, an eclectic mix of homegrown brands and international influences that encapsulate the very spirit of Cape Town: rebellious, innovative, and unmistakably stylish.
FLOAT – Unlabeled and unbounded
Floating above societal norms, FLOAT is the embodiment of a generation that defies categorization. Established in 2016, its mission is clear: to blend style with functionality, creating a lifestyle that goes beyond the ordinary. The ethos? Freedom. Freedom from labels, freedom to mix, match, and create. Their apparel, produced ethically in Cape Town, reflects this mission in every stitch. If you live in Cape Town, you know that Float has become a true statement brand for creators from all backgrounds.
AKJP STUDIO – Contemporary SA fashion hub
Situated on vibrant Kloof Street, AKJP STUDIO offers an eclectic array of garments, accessories, and home items and most importantly today, a variety of streetwear pieces. Every piece in the store tells a tale of South African creativity. A treasure trove for fashion aficionados, this is where you’ll find unexpected gems from both established and emerging local designers.
This is the place to pick up something slick and unexpected.
Pot Plant Club – Urban oasis
At its core, Pot Plant Club is about community. This multi-brand streetwear boutique doubles as a skate store, event space, and coffee shop. It’s more than retail—it’s an experience. From showcasing local streetwear to offering glimpses of global trends, Pot Plant Club is redefining youth culture in Cape Town. Be sure to check them out on First Thursdays to get a true sense of a community coming together.
Lemkus (The sneaker sanctuary)
Lemkus, in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD, is the ultimate destination for sneakerheads. Tracing its origins back to the 1930s, it has been at the forefront of sneaker culture in South Africa. From Nikes in the 70s to Jordans in the 80s, Lemkus has consistently delivered the best in footwear. Today, it stands as a tribute to both its legacy and the ever-evolving world of street fashion.
Story – The authentic streetwear experience
Story brings the unique experience of sneaker and apparel consignment to Cape Town. Beyond a store, it’s a narrative of authenticity, with each product carefully authenticated to ensure customers get only the best. Not only do they have a stellar variety, but you can put in requests to find sought-out pieces. Consider them your personal streetwear buyers.
Lagos Street – Nigerian fashion’s vibrant pulse
Lagos Street is a vivid tableau of Nigerian streetwear. This pop-up shop, which plans to go permanent soon, features brands like King on Horses and 101 Avenue. It’s a space where ‘The Simpsons’ meets African chic, and the result is electric. A celebration of Nigerian fashion’s dynamism, it’s set to become a must-visit for every fashion enthusiast. If you want to read more about them, check out the launch article here.
Cultish – Streetwear’s future-past fusion
Conceived by local designer Ryan Brüssow, Cultish is where past, present, and future converge. The brand seamlessly blends European design elements, classic hip-hop inspirations, and luxury fashion cues to craft outfits that are simultaneously edgy and elegant. It’s not just about fashion; it’s about a statement.
Cape Town’s streetwear scene is an ever-evolving canvas of cultural expression, community connection, and cutting-edge style. In these stores, one can sense the pulse of the city, its love for the arts, and its undying spirit of innovation. So, next time you’re in the Mother City, let the streets guide you, and who knows? You might just find your next favourite piece that perfectly encapsulates your style.