Posts Tagged ‘Paul Smith’

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


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 :

Game On #4: Paul Smith

June 1, 2010

Ask any menswear designer who their list of Quintessential British Designers are.

I would bet that Paul Smith makes it onto 100% of those lists. And I reckon about 60% would have him safely wedged at #1.

Now ask any lover of a finely made suit, what one brand they would love to have in their wardrobe, above all? If Sir Paul didn’t make that list I would be surprised.

Three years ago I made my first purchase of a Paul Smith suit. It’s a classic grey Prince of Wales check. I took the whole morning and 2 sales assistants to make my decision. I wasn’t going to take this lightly. I made an occasion of the purchase. I made them work for their money.

Now it sits, pride of place, in my closet. I treated myself, and will be wearing that suit for a lifetime.

If you have ever been to Japan, you will know that Paul Smith, as a brand, is right up there with Porter, Ralph Lauren and the Japanese Emperor himself. In South Africa, we have been blessed with a store in Cape Town’s Waterfront, and on Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue. No matter where you live, the idea of a Paul Smith World Cup supporters shirt has got to sound like a winner. And with the man’s quirky take on Brit sensibility, no prizes for guessing that these are probably the most unique garments to make the Game On list.

Check out that PS’s twist on traditional ‘curio shop’ faire.

Brilliant mate!

These babies are available at both stores, and selling fast!

So get down and pick up your piece of design history before they are all gone.

Paul Smith Cape Town

Shop 7228

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront


+27 0 214 180 007

Paul Smith Johannesburg

25, 7th street (Cnr. 4th Avenue)




South Africa

+27 114 471 074