Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

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.

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.

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

JFA x Dunhill Collection

June 15, 2010

After a pretty good response to yesterday’s post about Becks in M&S, I figure that Maketh Man may be onto something here. So for the rest of the World Cup, expect a few more bits on the national team suits, and their tailors.

And after a historic win over Cameroon, the spotlight falls on Japan.

I have long held the opinion that the Japanese are best-dressed tourists in the world. Go to a museum in any major city, and they will be there in their black cashmere cardigans, nondescript and unbranded khaki trousers, and clever little backpacks that turn into an anorak that double as iPod speakers.

In a typically Japanese fashion, the JFA (Japanese Football Association) collaborated with British premium brand Dunhill, on the Official Samurai Blue Suits for the World Cup.

Great football detail on the tie.

Again, the whole get-up is for sale. But only in Japan. Where it appears, Dunhill is big.

Source: HYPEBEAST

Game On #5: Umbro

June 9, 2010

Umbro used to be a great (little) English football brand. Then they got bought out by Nike.

When that happened, I thought that would be it for Umbro. Cheers to Kim Jones. Cheers to ‘english-ness’. Cheers to the simplicity that made Umbro a very, very ‘football’ brand. Hello to being absorbed into a huge global mega-brand. Hello to disappearing into the woodwork.

I was wrong. Umbro has a new lease on life. It seems that the impact of being part of a globally-minded brand has been like a boot to the ass. Umbro have started echoing that Brit heritage and tradition, that set them apart from the start – the stuff that few other sports brands can claim: Their ‘footballness‘.

In my humble opinion, the UmbroTailored By England ‘ kit, is the best looking strip at this year’s World Cup. But then I am a sucker for simple styling.

Game On #5 is all about their World Cup Champions Campaign. 7 past champions all received a re-vamp from 7 illustrators (for which Umbro drew from a pool of  “graffiti artists, cartoonists, tattoo designers, record label owners, illustrators and club night innovators”). Throw in veteran fashion photographer Rankin, to do the shoot, and a few, well, ‘choice’ supporters, and you have a winner.

The shoot was inspired by a vintage Umbro ad from  the company vaults:

And once Rankin was finished with it, it looked like this:

Check out the re-worked badges from artists Ben Eine, ZZK Records, Fernando Chamarelli, Andre, Marok, Martin Albornoz, and Tanino Liberatore.

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As far as availability goes, don’t hold your breathe. Umbro distribution in South Africa is, at best, poor. I have heard that the England Home & Away strip is available at TotalSports.

To console you, a behind the scenes look at the Rankin shoot:

www.umbro.com

Art Industry: Nu-Wave of the New Wave

June 8, 2010

Simon Nicholson is a bright lad.

Kick Ass Simon” as I knew back in the day from Durban’s North Beach, is not only only of South Africa’s finest surfers, and cleanest riders of the wave, but also one of the brains behind YDE menswear label BLACKHAWK.

And bright lad that he is, he knows the value in great partnerships. This month he announces his latest partnership, and the birth of a new brand of home-bred menswear, ART INDUSTRIES. The partner in questions is Arno Jackson, a youthful veteran of some 9 years as designer at Volcom. The two have teamed up to launch a range of clothing that looks to bring a certain simplicity and honesty to South African fashion.

I caught up with the lads for a little Q&A:

1. What has your inspiration been for the first Art Industry  range?

The objective of the company is to create a beautiful garment, an art piece essentially. Each garment should adhere to the 4F-Sake citeria. Fabric, Function, Fit and lastly Fashion. While it is important to be fashionable, the other 3 are fundamentals. The garment should not only perform the function it was designed for, but also follow the technical construction to ensure longevity. Fabrics are chosen on both aesthetic appeal and technical merit, while all garments are tailored to fit. Art Industry is Clean, Constructed & Asymmetric in Design.

2. What are the key pieces from your range?

The strength of any reputable brand is in their Denim. With this in mind the first piece, Frank Black Denim. A slim modern straight leg fit, with asymmetric construction, inverted yoke detail and embroidered Art Industry leather branderhide. (This style is also offered in an Acid Wash Corduroy)

Sans Gothic Jacket, a PU utility inspired jacket, with extended double entry left breast pocket, asymmetric shoulder epualettes, and metal trim detail.

Aksidnez Slim Cardigan, Heavy Cut & Sew jersey hooded Cardigan with Functional Kangaroo style pockets, asymmetrical back yoke and Shear Logo embroidery.

– Art Slim T, a photgraphic slim fit crew neck T. I constructed the letters out of cardboard and took them out to my back steps where we took the final image, is this art?

3. When does it launch?

26th July 2010

4. Who would wear Art Industry?

Art Industry is for an educated consumer, who understands a clean spohisticated garment with minimal branding. He is an artist/aspires to the arts. (Designer/Musician/Actor etc). He is independent in thought.

If you want to get in touch with either Simon or Arno, and put some Art back into your Industry, see the contact details below:

SIMON NICHOLSON

CELL: 072-204-2970

simon@blackhawkclothing.co.za



Converse Range Launch 2010

June 8, 2010

I have been a fan of Converse all my life. As far back as my ‘fashion memory’ goes. Long before I had even thought about the concept of a sneaker collection. Something to do with being brought up on Bowzer & Sha Na Na.

So when CurbCrawler invited me to gatecrash the Connies Range Launch, I hesitated only slightly.

This is what I saw.

Highs included:

1. Lumberjack flannel All Stars

2. Limited run Jon Varvatos in muted, ‘aged’ leather

3. The Converse-Dr. Seuss colabs

4. Dancing Pantsulas – every party needs a few

Lows included:

1. Pitching up in anything that wasn’t a pair of Converse.

2. Getting exposed by the Press Pack Girl

MM: “Can I get one of those (press pack)?”

PPG: ” Are you from the press?”

MM: “Um, yes. I mean, ‘no, not really’. Well, actually yes! Kinda. You see its a blog… but I-“

PPG: “Next!”

http://www.converse.com