Take a look inside

The Tattersalls building at 3 Loveday in Joburg-town may not be a hey-check-me-out type building, but it’s still worth a look inside. I had to go there for an article a few months ago, but it hasn’t appeared yet – and then Amsterdam (more here and here) and Paris (more here and here) happened. So uhmmm, I forgot that I was hanging onto these photos. 

The building was built in the early 1930s and was apparently used by Tattersalls (for bets on horse races), which explains the name and the horse-racing picture on the gable.

The first floor is home to the well-known Benjamin Woollens, which focuses on importing natural fibre fabrics such as wool, silks, cottons and linens and has been in town forever. And on the second floor, there are several fashion designers, including the cool menswear label, Naked Ape. They let me take some photos of their offices and even opened the door to the roof for me. Thanks guys!

Every time I get to visit a place like this, I realise we live in a city that’s full of surprises.

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