Stokperd is a custom furniture store from Cape Town. Owned by Monya Eastman, each piece comes with its own name and story. Not only does Eastman offer beautifully made furniture, you can take those ideas of your ideal coffee table or shelf and get them to make it a reality in, 9 types of wood. From headboards to quirky side tables, retro cabinetry and desks, Stokperd really has a marvellous selection to choose from.
Monya also has a fantastic decor blog that offers a look inside some of the loveliest homes in South Africa, some of which even include her pieces. I’ve always loved the eclectic look of a Cape Town home, such worldly character and charm. Certainly as beautiful as any of international homes you see online today. The Stokperd blog can be found here, but do visit her Instagram account too.
Since ‘good ideas don’t keep business hours’ it’s no surprise Michael Chandler keeps his ideas locked down on paper. The notebook collector recently joined up with Mr Price Home to design a capsule collection, and since I think both are doing wonderful things for decor I asked him to share a few images from his prized notebooks. His signature drawing style was of course a major player in designing his pieces for the collection, but you can see for yourself by watching the video below.
Click here to view the available pieces from the collaboration and here to visit Chandler House.
South African Menswear Week is here. No, really. Three days of solid menswear will feature the likes of those designers we expect to see (Craig Port, CSquared..), but lots of newcomers like Chu Suwannapha, crowd-pleasers like Ruald Rheeder and even Swahili Fashion Week exports.
South African Menswear Week will launch on Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th February 2015 and features the collections of over 25 leading menswear designers in Africa. They plan on having this become a biannual event, with February and July showcasing the Autumn/Winter (AW15) and Spring/Summer (SS15) collections respectively. Having our own menswear week was created to celebrate the creative and commercial importance of South Africa and Africa’s menswear industry. More importantly, South African Menswear Week will work alongside the designers to develop business and profiling opportunities, according to their release, helping African talent to build brands and labels, increase exposure, which supports sales and assists in expanding business by creating job employment. I sincerely hope they are able to see success from this venture, but also to have our hungry fashion-crazed male audience attend and support the brands. Will you?
Sandton City, known for its vast array of menswear, from luxury retail brands to the high-street variety, recently saw the opening of the Fabiani Cafe. Shot by Blake Woodhams , the beautiful interior answers that old question once and for all: Where are all the menswear boutiques? There was a time when a menswear store offered a selection of pointy leather shoes for a seemingly Central African market, ill-fitting short-sleeved shirts and polyester suiting.
I’m proud and relieved to say that is no longer the case. Fabiani’s Designer, Nat Iqani agrees, “There is far more choice in the market now. With brand’s pushing to consistently increase their online presence and international operators pouring into the country, men now are becoming more selective, but in the same breath they are also buying more because they are in the know.”
From Fabiani merchandise to Happy Socks to the ever popular G-Star, you officially have no more excuses. As you may not know Fabiani was recently bought over by the Foschini Group (which means you can always charge it)but Arie Fabian still lends his expertise as Brand Director.
What do you think about the store layout? I could very, very happily own the commissioned Chesterfield myself.
Augustine in Johannesburg is a Parkhurst-based menswear label that we have featured on the blog before. This tiny label came out of nowhere this passed fashion week and has become a largely credible and innovative presence in South African fashion. This thrilling young label is headed by Marea Lewis and Justine August, their autumn/winter 2014 collection is the culmination of three main genres coming together; biking attire, street wear and of course excellent tailoring.
By combining these elements Augustine have made themselves ‘the one to watch’ by aiming to retain their tailoring imperative, while introducing a host of exciting design elements like plush fabrics, quilting and impressive panelling and keeping to their monochromatic style.
Taking risks was their first goal and may I just commend them on succeeding. Not only does Augustine deliver on quality and a great sense of humility, but their brave aesthetic is a breath of fresh air compared to many of the contrived collections we’ve seen locally before. While some of their contemporaries at fashion week were trying on new styles that were far removed from their prior collections, Augustine Johannesburg was improving on their existing model ten-fold. Modeled by B-boy Amelio Franck, Augustine‘s autumn/winter 2014 collection was shot by Pieter Vosloo in an among ruin and decay in Yeoville, Johannesburg. See some of the exciting new campaign images below and visit the Augustine Johannesburg Facebook page for more.
Man, what a great finished product. ConverseAfrica have completed their ClashWall offering in Johannesburg after three days and 31 hours of tiresome work. Headed by Rasty, three artists covered a 53 meter tall building (14 storeys) in Braamfontein with your tweet suggestions. The colours were adapted using several key colours from the Converse Chuck 70s collection – black, white, red and yellow. You didn’t get a chance to see RSA House being transformed? Don’t fret, the ClashWall will be up for the next four months, located in Braamfontein at the corner of Melle and Jorissen Street. Good going, Converse.
Ex ad-guy turned photographer, Andrew Brauteseth (Guy with Camera) has joined forces with another talented Capetownian, Paul van der Spuy. The latter owns the local clothier Blue Collar White Collar. Guy with Camera and I go way back (see here) and I have always loved and admired his passion and contribution to South Africa and this industry.
In this photo series, Brauteseth called on friends Kristian and Christie to model pieces from BCWC and Nicole Reichlinfor hair and make-up. The shirts are affordable and well-made but also come in a huge variety of interesting prints and colour combinations as fun as the man who makes them.
Just over fourteen storeys high, this ConverseClashwall on Melle street, Johannesburg is the largest offering in the world. Graffiti and tattoo artist Rasty Knayles headed up this huge undertaking and finished it over the course of a weekend. Makes your lazy weekend look real bad, doesn’t it?
Working against paint fumes and vertigo, the boys got your suggestions (submitted by Twitter with the hashtags #clashwall #Jhb) onto the wall and did a fantastic job at that. I got to watch it take place from across the road on Saturday, it is something far greater to witness in person, the sheer size alone will impress you. Props to Daniele from Skye Brands for getting this done, quite impressive.
Converse Africa brings you the ClashWall. From February 28th to March 1st the wall above at the V&A Waterfront will undergo an artistic makeover to commemorate the release of their Sneakers Clash range. Aimed to disrupt and clash against a grey, dull world, their range and the new campaign, will inspire explosive bursts of colour, engage with fans of the brand and initiate a dialog. The campaign starts in Cape Town but will come to Johannesburg in March. The difference in this campaign is you get to dictate what the artists put on the wall. Go on Twitter using the below hash tags and suggest how they can unleash visceral work against a once lifeless wall. It sounds like a recipe for awesome if you ask me!
Follow @Converse_Africa and the #ClashWall #CT #JHB to keep up with the latest developments!
The Tommy Hilfiger spring/summer 2014 Tailored collection, Westcoasting, combines traditional sartorial styles with laid-back Californian charm. In actual fact, Tommy Hilfiger reinforces the tailored all-American ethos but has treaded carefully into modern euro styling, proving whey they still own the top spot in American suiting and casual wear. The west-coast lifestyle is the primary influence of the Tailored collection and celebrates its draw cards; palm trees, orange groves, sparkling oceans and rugged canyon. The outcome delivers a sleek selection of accessories and suiting that includes textured fabrics, casual chambray and versatile heritage prints.
Heritage Prep , the collections first drop, embraces classic maritime style with the use of estate blue, scarlet sage, and snow white to create an all-American colour combination, seen in sleek stripes on shirts, ties, trousers and linings. Accents of cashmere blue, tawny olive and primrose pink add an unexpected pop, as do unique details like buttons, peter pan collars and contrasting linings. If you’re a fan of the nautical twist, then this part of the collection will certainly please.
The second fashion group, Retro Prep, looks to Palm Springs for inspiration in its refined but relaxed style. Under the hot desert sun summery knits of linen, cotton and lightweight wool mix chic style with easy-going comfort are the order of the day. Shoulders are soft and rounded, interior linings are colour-blocked. Within Retro Prep, a ceremonial capsule collection in tones of brown makes a modern statement with a vintage nod.
Palm trees, olive groves and cactus-covered landscapes inspire Refined Prep, the third fashion group defined by tailored, elegant, sophisticated pieces. With a tonal and washed out look in suits, pants, bowties and jackets, featuring natural greens and beige tones with accents in soft pale rose. Styles range from cosmopolitan bowties and seersucker suits to monochromatic pieces with contrasting piping. Completing the looks is the must-have silhouette: a modern one-button suit.
Tommy Hilfiger’s Tailored collection is available at Sandton City, Johannesburg and the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
My buddy Bryce Thompson, a seemingly permanent fixture on Men’s Health magazine around the world, appeared alongside the great White, (Chad White) and Josh Truesdell on HuffPost Live to discuss male modeling. Firstly, does anyone else agree that our Bryce looks like the missing Baldwin brother?
The trio performed their best workout tricks, discussed dieting and preparing for a fitness shoot among other things. I’ve personally never heard Chad speak before, it’s quite odd to see him being so casual when he’s a bit of a living legend. Click here to see the video, it’s worth a watch!
All the boys are represented by Soul Management NY.