MakethMan’s New Web Portal

July 22, 2010

MakethMan is now at http://aficionado.co.za/makethman/

Click the above link to join us.

The Launch of Aficionado

July 6, 2010

One of my early mentors was guy by the name of Craig Ralph.

Not sure what Craig is up to these days, but my time spent with him as a recent graduate trying to figure my way through the corporate structures of retail banking (don’t ask – that’s another world, far, far away from the present), proved to be invaluable. One of the many insights into the human psyche that Craig taught me, was a very simple truth about the way we, as individuals, like to surround ourselves with like-minded people.

People like people who are like themselves“, is what he used say.

The key is figuring out what they want, and giving it to them.”

Sounds like lyrics to a Jimmy Buffett song, but a lesson I have applied in my limited business career, to great effect.

The notion of ‘group think‘ has been around us for years. Chat to my dad and he will tell you about his time as a ‘DuckTail’ in the 60’s: the perfectly tapered trouser legs creating the characteristic ‘stove-pipe’ jeans, immaculately greased-back hair, and one inch rolled sleeves. None of his mates would be seen dead without the tribal dress code or not on the seat of a Norton Commando or Triumph ‘Bonne’.

These types of tribes surround us today. Maybe not to the extent of previous generations. Not as aesthetically prescriptive, or blatantly obvious. It’s more of a ‘mental tribe’ these days. You can be a goth, I can be all EMO, she can be all crafty and into her knitting, and them over there, they can be tragic hipsters. But we can all unite over a common interest, a love, an obsession.

I can say with conviction that I do indeed like people that are like me. You must too – or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Further, I have found the badge of a new mental tribe to pin to my parka. And I would like to introduce this tribe to you.

Welcome to Aficionado. www.aficionado.co.za


MakethMan has had the pleasure of being invited to join a group of very like-minded individuals, all experts (and passionately so) in their fields of Fashion, Food and Travel. My list of new friends reads like “Roll Call Of Cool”, and includes bloggers Justine Stafford from I for 1, and food writer Andy Fenner, better known as JamieWho? And the best part about it all, is that this tribe is proudly South African – global content, filtered through local eyes. A huge honour for me, and one I accept with great respect and humble admiration.

So from now on be sure to connect with MakethMan, I for 1 , JamieWho? and the world of Aficionado at www.aficionado.co.za

Thanks for the support, and enjoy the read.

Brad

Kitsuné SS10

July 5, 2010

Kitsuné has long been one of those alluring brands that I can never seem to get my hands on, yet seem to read about whenever I hit the net or pick up one my trusted print source materials.

Started  by über-chic duo Gildas Loaëc & Masaya Kuroki in 2002, Kitsuné has become more famous for its collaborations with Paris super-store Colette, than its sense of, well, sensibility.

Yet checkout the SS10 range and you will find that it includes clean, fresh colours, simple basics and a unique twist on preppy classics, that make it very wearable, and effortlessly stylish.

Herewith a few bits from the Golf Club Series:

www.maisonkitsune.fr

Kitsuné Boutique
52, rue de Richelieu
75001 PARIS
T: +33 1 42 60 34 28
Opening Hours: 11h – 19h30
Mon – Sat
info@kitsune.fr

DFB x Strenesse

July 1, 2010

Gabriele Strehle and her brand Strenesse, have been dressing the Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) since 2006, and it’s a chant of “Simplicity Über Alles!”

With its latest range of World Cup clothing, the brand has found the perfect (and perfectly manicured) poster-child in German coach Joachim Löw. No-one in the team epitomizes that  particular German style of ‘Mannschaft’ more than Löw. The man is a walking, talking and screaming Strenesse billboard. His perfectly folded scarf has caused more of a stir than Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal. Well, not really.

Strenesse’s clean lines and paired-down silhouettes are all executed with the German precision of a Philipp Lahm cross, and the attention to detail of a Audi A6. Note the tiny gold, black and red pocket or lapel details.

Try and get your hands on German fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth’s World Cup tribute book, ‘Die Spieler’, available from Strenesse in Germany.

Moses Mabhida Stadium : Brazil v Portugal

June 30, 2010

The first thing my Durban mates asked me after the game was:

“Isn’t it better than Cape Town Stadium?

Expecting me to defend my chosen home city’s facilities, they were surprised at my answer.

But it is.

It is a perfectly contextualised stadium: on the KwaZulu Natal coastline, beautifully opened up to the sunshine, and channeling the warm Indian Ocean wind.

This is how Durban does ‘STADIUM’.

Don’t get me wrong. I love CT Stadium. It’s like a ‘team huddle’. A ‘cosy-up’. A ‘take refuge from the storms’.

But Moses is a special place. The first truly ‘tropical’ stadium I have experienced. And one of epic proportion. It’s our Colosseum.

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Pity none of the Brazilian players deemed it worthy of equal flare on the groomed pitch.

Style Icon : Joe Strummer

June 30, 2010

Very little will be said about Portugal’s defeat at the hands of the Spanish last night in Cape Town, other than to reference the inspiration for this month’s Style Icon, Spanish Bombs by The Clash.

Style Icon : Joe Strummer.

photo : Morrison Hotel

Strummer was the frontman of arguably one of the finest rock bands of all time, The Clash.

Described as “one of the most overtly political, explosive and exciting bands in rock and roll history” at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Strummer would be immortalised as the archetypal face of Punk Rock.

Roll up those sleeves and clip on those braces.

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I think, more than just his completely individual dress sense, his on-stage attitude, out-spoken political convictions, and enduring anthems, make him one of the most influential musicians of our time.

Joe died in 2002 of a congenital heart disease. Little known fact: he married a South African women, Paula Moolman for GBP100, so that she could obtain a British passport. The marriage was annulled. He bought a guitar with the cash. Enough said. Enjoy the archive video. The Clash playing live in the 80’s.

Ralph Lauren x Wimbledon 2010

June 29, 2010

Fancy a spot of tennis old boy?

A glass of champers and a bowl of strawberries & cream?

What could be more English than taking in a few games under the sun (and clouds) of SW14?

Well, maybe doing it in the official ‘Wimbledon White’ of the Ralph Lauren 2010 Range.

The quintessential brand of American Heritage has partnered with the quintessential event of the English Summer. Ralph Lauren has signed on to dress the officials and volunteers of the All England Club until 2014. The result is the most elegant set of uniforms and an extended range of summer classics.

This gear is way “In!”. Not even McEnroe can argue with that.

This clip from Fashion 411.

Shigenobu Twilight Wooded Fragrance by Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng

June 29, 2010

The first thing I thought about when I saw this bold packaging was a rather twisted form of JENGA.
Remember the crafty game of balance, made from untreated pegs of wood?
I loved that game. But not as much as I love this Shigenobu Twilight Fragrance.
The story behind the fragrance is almost as alluring as the chiseled chucks of wood themselves:
Start with one New York artist, Anicka Yi.
Add the sculptural eye of architect Maggie Peng.
Take inspiration from former Japanese Red Army Leader Fusako Shigenobu, and the land of his exile, Lebanon (hence the cedar wood).
Hand-distill a fragrance using three different types of cedar wood as your base notes, violet leaf & nutty tones for your heart notes, and top off with yuzu, shiso leaf and black pepper.
Packaged in glass bottles encased in hand-crafted raw cedar-wood casks.
And the result is an objet d’arte that would look as comfortable on the mantlepiece, as the toiletries shelf.
Thanks to CurbCrawler for sniffing this one out.
Available at $160  from Oogabooga via Swipelife

Best World Cup Anthem : “Represent” by Weezer

June 28, 2010

What a crazy weekend of football.

All but one of my favoured teams, are on the plane home. Some absurd refereeing calls. Some terrible defending. A few cross-bars getting in the way of the nets. And some stunning goals.

I guess that is what makes this such a great game to watch. Anything can happen. And has. The fact that the entire world stops what it is doing for 90 minutes and waits, gasps, and sighs, has got to make this the single biggest behavioural modifier known to man.

And so we bid farewell to the Mexicans, Koreans, English and Americans.

One thing Team USA did win, or at least according to MakethMan, was Best World Cup Anthem. But then, I am a bit of a Weezer fan. Apparently, the team was blasting this in the change-room, when Bill Clinton came in for chat.

He sang along.

Paul’s Undies

June 24, 2010

Ever been asked to test drive undies?

Can’t say I ever had the pleasure until now. Then the lads from Paul Smith dropped me line, and the chance to check what they reckon to be one of the best kept secrets in the PS stable: a great pair of briefs.

Now, er, briefly, I am a boxer man. Always have been. No explanation needed. Briefs are the realm of the gym (when one  needs to contain), slim-fit jeans (when one needs to confine) and Frenchmen (not sure why, but just looking at Frenchies makes me think they all wear briefs). Boxers are more akin to my sense of freedom , and self expression.

So it was with a little apprehension that I took the test pairs out for a spin.

100% cotton. Standard Paul Smith multi-coloured stripe band. Impeccable quality and fit. Just knowing I had them on underneath my clothes, made me feel a little snappier.

And I am now a convert. So, by the way, is the wife.

So if asked that eternal question of “Boxers or Briefs?”, I will proudly answer “Both”.

And thankfully, unlike a BMW or Aston Martin, I don’t have to give these back.

The entire Paul Smith underwear range is available from their stores in South Africa, and includes vests, boxers, briefs, v-neck vests and standard vests.

Paul Smith has given a few pairs of briefs to MakethMan readers.

To enter, simply email us your size, and the answer to the following question:

What are the locations of the 2 Paul Smith Stores in South Africa?

Answers to bradjarmitage@me.com