A curated platform for designers from around the continent.
Merchants on Long houses the best of African design alongside inhouse designer collaborations and Merchants’ very own lifestyle brand.
Everything you discover in Merchants on Long has been produced in Africa.
A brief history
AFRICA'S FIRST CONCEPT STORE
A celebration of diverse Pan African design, Merchants on Long serves as a platform of carefully curated luxury and handmade brands that are all sourced and made in Africa.
Merchants is also home to the ethical African luxury handbag
and accessories line Okapi.
MERCHANTS ON LONG WAS BORN
Having been home to several businesses including an art gallery and a high-end Merchant’s store, Merchants on Long re-opened its doors on the 10th October 2010 as Africa’s first concept store.
HOW OUR STORE GOT ITS LOOK
The Gibson family commissioned Anthony de Witt to erect its now famous terracotta façade, imported from Edinburgh to Cape Town in 1903.
HOW OUR STORE GOT ITS FAMOUS STREET NAME
Merchants on Long is located on Long Street, which was originally known as De Derde Berg Dwars Straat (The Third Road Parallel to the Mountain). It was not until 1790 that it took it’s now famous name.
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