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MakethMan’s New Web Portal

July 22, 2010

MakethMan is now at

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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.

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

Thanks for the support, and enjoy the read.


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.

An Eye For Eyewear

June 17, 2010

If you are anything like me, you seek out the unique. You hunt down the rare. You scratch, and scour. And then, when you find that piece, that one thing that no-one else can lay claim to, you wear it with pride, and a sense of accomplishment over your ability to ‘discover‘ an item that is a tangible expression of your sense of self.

Eyewear has always been a tricky one for me. Follow the crowd? Or, pay through your teeth for those seemingly exclusive (yet mass-produced) numbers that fill the shelves of the shopping mall boutiques.

Meeting the ladies from Chloe&Sjaniel, purveyors of fine vintage eyewear, has proved a welcome option for any man looking for an expression of their individuality  in eyewear.

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MakethMan had a drool over their range, and then caught up with Chloe for a quick Q&A:

1. Great frames. Can you tell us how Chloe&Sjaniel’s started?

Chloe & Sjaniel started a venture about a year ago when we created a project called Rarely Worn – selling designer second hand labels in a unique setting. Coming from the same industry and being like minded, we wanted to do more projects together.

As it happened, around that time, we made this amazing discovery of unique unworn vintage eye-wear and realised we could not pass up this opportunity.

Since we have a few collaborative projects, we’ve just called ourselves Chloe & Sjaniel (any reference to other famous design icons is purely incidental – these are our real names!).

2. I see the your range is rather edited and precise. What is your selection criteria? What qualities does a pair of frames need in order to get on the C&S shelf?

Since most of the frames are already one-offs our selection process is more about choosing shapes, colours and styles that are unique, classic or making a come back and here and there a few quirky looks too.  We have many designer labels and all our frames are made in Germany, England, Italy and France…a rare sight these days!

3. You have managed maintain an affordable pricing structure for the glasses. Considering that they are all limited, don’t you think you could charge more?

The eye-wear prices vary between R400 – R1000 each.  For empty frames we take into consideration that you may still need a prescription lens fitted.  We personally have our sunglasses fitted with excellent quality lenses. We want to make these amazing frames reasonable affordable, after all, sunglasses are like shoes – you can never have too many!!

4. Who are your favourite designers of men’s frames? And who are your style icons as far as ‘men in glasses‘?

We love Tom Ford – who’s remaking many of the styles we have.  Viktor & Rolf, for their expression of a bygone era.  Paul Smith‘s designs are practical but fun.  In our own collection we have icons such as Oliver Goldsmith, Lacoste, Carerra, Cazal, Luciano Suprani and even Anglo American!

James Dean is a definite style icon for sunglasses – the wayfarer original – old world glamour.  John Lennon will always be known for his look – the round frame,quirky and individual.

Woody Allen does nerdy like no one else can,(the thick square black frame has made a huge comeback)

Jack Nicholson‘s sunglasses have  created the mysterious sex symbol  he is today.

We love Elton John’s outrageous and glamourous collections.

Johnny Depp‘s classic & sophisticated look definitely does it for us.(no one can do torouise shell quiet as well)

And last but not least, Karl Lagerfeld‘s glasses are the epitome of his untouchable sophistication meets rock persona.

5. Chloe&Sjaniel’s is only available at the Neighbour Goods Market. Why have you chosen to do this, and what do you enjoy about the market?

The Neighbourgoods Market is the only place where local talent can come and show off their individual designs.  It’s the kind of place where like-minded people come together to eat, drink, network and buy the best that Cape Town has to offer.

Modern, beautiful, and free thinking individuals frequent the market and these are the people that will want to be seen in a pair of our vintage frames.

In this environment we can give our customers the personal attention they deserve .  The market has an old world charm that is rare, fun & very much desired these days,which is exactly what our beautiful eyewear represents.

You can find their selection down at the Neighbour Goods market on Saturdays, or contact via email at :

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.


Style Icon: George Best

June 11, 2010

This months Style Icon is in honour of the start of the World Cup.

Although he is hailed as one of the greatest players in football history, George Best never played in a World Cup. He represented Northern Ireland, and they didn’t really feature on the big stage back then. However, if they had a World Cup for Style, he would have taken the Golden Boot.

With his finger firmly on the self-destruct button, Best retired from Manchester United at 27, opened a few fashion boutiques and crawled into a bottle. He was one of the greats.

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

George Best

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And if you don’t believe me, check out this tribute:

A Continental’s Lincoln

June 10, 2010

The CurbCrawler strikes again…

This beast belongs to Vleis Strydom. One of his many.

It used to be the official mode of transport of the Portuguese Embassy. Suicide doors, plush interior, and finished in standard issue, diplomatic black. This is a fine piece of work. They sure don’t make them like this anymore.

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:


CELL: 072-204-2970

Meet Andy Spade

June 7, 2010

Meet Andy Spade. I’d never heard of him either, but the world wanted me to see his handiwork, so I thought I might share his genius with you.

Andy is the founder of Partners & Spade, and made it to #22 on the FastCompany list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business (although he strikes me as someone who couldn’t really give a hoot). My most recent contact with his work was the J Crew Concept Store on NYC’s West Broadway. It is a converted liquor shop, beautifully appointed, stocked with the sort of ‘hand-picked’ selection of goods more akin to a  once-off boutique, and staffed by artists and creatives that are more about telling you the product’s stories, than merely pushing you for sales.

J Crew have partnered the makers of several items of ‘hertitage’: from Levis 501’s, to RayBan Caravan Sunglasses and the original Timex Military watch. Its a list of quintessential items across every category a man may need. The Liquor Store is a showcase. On the whole, a great retail experience, and a vintage, flannel Yankees cap proved a great souvenir, and a first tick off that list.

The whole concept was developed by Partners & Spade, and Andy has been responsible for brand development of other great, typically New York brands, such as Jack Spade and Kate Spade.

I was sniffing through the Partners & Spade online portfolio and came across two P&S books that really appealed to my sense of humour, The Benefits of Looking Up, and I Think I Can I Think I Can. Shot entirely on iPhone. Clever stuff.

Check them out. You will see what I mean. They sell for $10 – great gifts.

Style Icon : Dennis Hopper

June 1, 2010

Rest In Peace

Style icon supreme, and star of Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and Rebel Without a Cause, Dennis Hopper, died this week after a long battle with cancer.

“Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.”

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