Indépendance cha-cha – Le jour d’après

June 24, 2010

Charmingly styled, this reminds me of old Sophiatown footage and Drum magazine shoots – remember the classic Janet Jackson video?

This one got me with the directors names, Spike and Jones.

A classic case for a sharp dressed man to always pay attention to the details: braces, bow-tie and hat.

“Shot in the “Bon marché” (Barumbu) neighbourhood, at the heart of Kinshasa, featuring the late Wendo Kolosoy’s backing band, “Indépendance cha-cha – Le jour d’après” is a new take on the African independence anthem written in 1960 by Joseph “grand kallé” Kabasele and Nicolas ” dr. nico” Kassanda.”


CurbCrawler Contribution #6 : United Flags

June 23, 2010
The CurbCrawler has been getting into the World Cup spirit and finding some bold colour combinations on the streets.

Forca Portugal! Forca Cape Town Stadium!

June 23, 2010

22 players.

65,000 fans (mainly Pora’s or wannabe Pora’s).

7 Goals (again all Pora).

And 1 awe-inspiring, ‘pantheonic’ stadium.

… And the crowd went wild!

Great game. Forca Portugal!

Camping – by Jesper K Thomsen

June 21, 2010

Scandinavians are cool. They just are. All of them. The Danes. The Swedes. The Norwegians. The Finns.

Well, maybe not the Finns. But definately the other three.

They are just effortlessly cool. Could be the climate. Or lack of extended periods of sunshine. Or the pickled fish. Or just the fact that they understand the beauty of simplicity. And the strength in designing less… for more effect.

I found Normann Copenhagen after a good mate “Stav, The Designing Greek“, sent me a link for a ‘fixie’ they had commissioned (but that is for another post). Their Danish Modern Series, sees a few archetypal objects get the “Scandi-Treatment”, and sold almost exclusively through the network.

Jesper K. Thomsen was charged with re-looking at the notion of ‘camping’ and the result is a solid and robust collection of outdoor essentials: chair, table, stool and daybed.

Made from monotone moulded Beechwood and leather strapping, the collection is a collaboration between Thomsen and traditional cabinet makers Kvist.

Check out the YOUTUBE ‘making of’. Real craftsmanship.

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 :

3000 Football Nike Installation

June 17, 2010

This is one of my favourite World Cup installations yet.

Over 3000 footballs were used to construct this homage to The Beautiful Game. It is in the atrium of the Carlton Shopping Center in downtown Joburg, and I still get a kick out of the fact that this is all happening in our country.

source: PSFK

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.


England Team Tailors: M&S by Timothy Everest

June 14, 2010

I came very close to shutting everything down for the Month of Football.

Turn off the brain. Become one with the game. Focus on footy. Football is all about focus. Everything else can be a distraction.

But then a pang of guilty, followed by seeing a very dapper Becks, standing pitch-side next to a very injured Rio-in-Rustenburg, and I knew I had a duty to uphold. I had to find out the story of that 3-piece English suit.

Whilst arguing over the choice of Green as England’s #1, we did agree that the Official Team Tailors for the England Squad had done a fine job.

“I think it is a Paul Smith“.

“Nope, It’s Armani.”

Armani?! Why would the England Squad be dressed by an Italian. That’s not legal.”

“Guys, it’s neither. It is some Bespoke crew – think it’s Gieves & Hawkes.”

As a little investigation proved, we were all wrong. It was in fact, Timothy Everest’s collaboration with the UK’s  Marks & Spencer, that dressed all 23 of the 3 Lions. And a great link from Marks&SpencerTV for some more detail.

It’s has some great details, like super-narrow lapels, a shorter jacket and a slimmer silhouette. Kind of more Carnaby Street than Soho Square. For me, the waistcoat is the winner. The suit is made using a pure wool, birdseye cloth from Alfred Brown, one of England’s premier fabric mills. Not so sure I like that fact that office workers across the UK can buy their own England Replica Suit, but for GBP 199 (R2,300.00), you too can look like Becks.


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.