I usually don’t do blog posts like this, you know, the kinda blog posts that tell stories about my adventures, but this one was too good not to share, so here goes.

A couple of weeks ago I received a very mysterious call from the guys at Smirnoff. They wanted to take me out for the night, “show me a good time” they said, “tick off some bucket list stuff”.

Naturally I told them I’m not a fan of doing awesome fun stuff, so please never to call again!

Ok, that’s not how it went at all, but the mysterious call part was totally true! I just said YES!!! Before they had even asked! And I’m kinda glad I did. Here’s why:

That little video gives you an idea about my crazy night with some amazing people, but here’s what really went down, and listen closely, cause you could find yourself on one of these trips.

They arrived at my apartment in an “explore the night” branded black cab, now bare in mind, I literally had no clue on what was going on, so I just went with it! When I jumped into the cab I was happy to see my friend Siv Ngesi (A fellow top 10 finalist in last years GQ best dressed) and Tecla Ciolfi or Texx from the famous music blog Texx and the city (I’d always wanted to meet her). We high fived in nervous anticipation and hit the road.

Our first stop was a bar called orphanage, where we had our own little corner with loads of snacks and loads of Smirnoff Double black with guarana. We tucked in. YUM!

Then another cab arrived, filled with even more friends for the night, Craig Stack from the lifestyle blog My City By Night, TV Personality Katlego Maboe from the expresso show and fellow fashion blogger Carlinn Meyer from superficial girls. Now it was a party.

We chatted and filled up on snacks, then hopped back in our Explore the night cabs, with no idea where we were going. Of course the video has given it away, but when we arrived at Cape Town international Execujet, we knew this night had just ramped up pretty hard, and all got lost in a flurry of high fives, fist bumps and girly screams, yes, all of us!

Now, bare in mind, even when we took off, we had no idea where we were headed, there was talk of Durban and Joburg, though I was holding thumbs for Barcelona – they have the best shoes there! Anyway, we landed in JHB and got straight into another Explore the night cab, still no idea where we were going!

Then Craig said “hold on!!” at which point we thought maybe he needed the toilet, turns out he didn’t…cause he continued with “Isn’t Armin van Buuren playing in Joburg tonight?” He was right, and thats exactly where we were headed! WOW!

We arrived at the Concert and were escorted through so many level of VIP I lost track of how many V’s we actually had in our area! The view of the show was epic, and I could describe it to you, but instead, I thought I would share some pics we all took on the night so you can get a little vibe of how everyone saw the experience!

Now, I’m more of a rock kid myself, but I was absolutely mesmerised by this guys stage show, it truly was the most epic thing I had ever seen.

As always, all good things must come to an end, so we headed back to our Explore the night cab, back to our private jet and back home to Cape Town. All grinning from ear to ear.

I eventually got into bed at 5:30am. What an epic night, thank you Smirnoff.

If you guys wanna find out how you could find yourself exploring the night with Smirnoff Double Black with Guarana, check it out here.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

4R2A5727s-garconjon4R2A5732s-garconjon As the world experiences a slight overlap in seasons I thought this was the perfect Sartorial Sunday look to share

We’re either just going into spring or just leaving summer so a simple short sleeve and navy pants is such a classic look. The small details of this one make it work for me.

The turn up detail on the sleeve is a goodie as is the textured detail on the pants. Paired with some classic tan brogues it’s a winner. Would have liked to have seen a braided bely closer matched to the shoes, but this works anyway.

Here’s how I would do it from what I can find online:

Shirt from River Island

Linen pants from Ted Baker

Skinny Plait Leather Belt from ASOS

Rolando Sturlini Toe-Cap Shoes from ASOS

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

 

header---tattoo-close-upManuela-GreyMan Alive, am I excited about this blogging adventure I’m taking on with the folks at Levi’s.

As part of their Live In Levi’s campaign I’ve decided to document some of my favourite people in Cape Town by throwing on a pair of Levi’s and going on an adventure. My plan is to document all the craftsmen of a new generation, people who are experts at what they do without being conventional.

The first is the mother of tattoos in Cape Town, Manuela Gray. This lady is the ultimate tattoo rockstar on every level, and the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. I’ve now had 2 pieces done by Manuela and despite the fact that she is next to impossible to book, when you finally sit down with her the experience is amazing.

Being the only one of her friends who could draw when they were kids, she fell into tattoos by doing them from a very early age. The rest, as they say, is history. Now Manuela travels the world tattooing her rockstar friends, well that’s when she’s not home in Cape Town working 15-hour days at her shop Wildfire Tattoos, organising the Cape Town Tattoo convention, holding art exhibitions and being the worlds most awesome mom! And, when I say tattooing her rockstar friends I’m not kidding – she just came back from destroying Los Angeles while touring with Queen! Insane!

I’d been meaning to get a tattoo with Manuela for ages now, she did a great piece for me when I first got to Cape Town, a little something to remind me to “hold fast” while I ride out the proverbial storm of moving cities. This piece was a little more personal but, in brief, it represented a long journey in love and reminds me that I’m still fighting the good fight!

I walked in one day with a ton of references – all completely different – but somehow, 3 months later, when I arrived for the appointment, Manuela had nailed the design perfectly. We spent ages making sure the placement was perfect, and then I sat for 3 hours in enjoyable pain. The result: my favourite piece to date! Here’s a little photographic story:

final-tattooManuela wears a Levi’s trucker jacket and Levi’s jeans so old she cant remember.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

full-lengthI do love it when a fancy friday outfit all comes together as well as this one. The navy blazer and grey pants is a very classic and corporate look, but I thought I would give it a contemporary twist in my own special way.

There’s a lot of pattern mixing going on here, but it’s all very slight, the kind of slightness that draws a fine line between pattern and texture, and there is a little bit of that happening all over the place.

medium-shotFirstly, the pants carry a slight plaid check with a very fine blue running though, it’s slight, but you pick it up when paired with the navy blazer (If you don’t yet have a navy blazer PLEASE let that be the next thing you purchase – its the best staple you can own) You will then also notice the slight check in the shirt, it’s also navy, but predominately white so that everything doesn’t become a navy extravaganza up top.

The emerald tie also carries a fine chevron texture, and to make it work I picked a pocket square that carried a hint of that same emerald colour, but that was predominantly white and created a replica of the shirt and tie without being an exact duplicate, the final POP was the red lapel button working perfectly with the pocket square and contrasting the tie nicely, I even managed to sneak in a final detail in the navy bracelet with slight red detail. Here take a closer look.

medium-close-uppocket-squaretie-close-upwatch-and-bracelet-close-upFinal detail, and in complete contrast to everything else, was these brown tasselled loafers (currently my new favourite go with anything shoes), brown and grey and brown and navy go incredibly well together I just made sure to stick to the same colour belt to pull it back together, you’ll even notice a touch of brown in the pocket square.

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Here’s where I picked everything up from:

Clubmaster spectacles by RayBan

Navy wool blazer from Topman

Slim fit check shirt by TM Lewin (Available locally at Edgars)

Emerald green tie by Friday Tie Day

Red lapel flower by Chanman

Silver tie clip by Suited Man

Floral pocket square by Heywood

Brown leather belt by Ted baker (available locally at Stuttafords)

Silver faced watch by Alessi

Grey plaid pants by Markham

Brown tasselled loafers by Dune London (Available locally at Edgars)

Okay. Stay fancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You gents have been asking me for a while to do a tutorial on how I tie my shoe laces. Sorry it’s taken so long, but here it is.

I’ve done some research in order to see if I can find a name for this particular kind of lacing, but unfortunately iwth the trillion different ways of lacing shoes online, I couldn’t find this one, maybe thats a good thing!

Its rather simple…a very basic up and under zig zaggy approach. Well, take a look.

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Ta daaaaaa!

Simple uh?

I thought so. Be warned this technique really keeps those shoes tied tight, so not ideal if you need to get your shoes off in a hurry, I mean, I’m not sure why you would, but maybe you’re a formal triathlete or something.

If you like the black brogues above they’re from Dune London – available at selected Edgars stores.

If you want the laces they are from Chanman.

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

My first fashion week!

Yessssss!

Ive always been out of town, or in the wrong town when I get invited to these things so I was super thrilled to be invited by Mercedes Benz Life on the opening night as well as Craig Port and Fabiani for the Saturday night.

I hope you like pictures, cause I took a lot of them.

Opening night was great, and as I’m no expert on womens fashion, I had my friend Sadie there who is, muttering something about hemlines and paneling. I just shot pictures of stuff that made me think “Wow, thats rad”. We only managed to catch 2 shows, the first by Gavin Rajah which I thought was pretty epic and filled with great theatre ( This show has caused a little controversy though and there has been some cries of plagiarism, but you can read more about that here) The second, a very Japanese inspired shoe by Stefania Morland it was a little crazy but loads of fun. Here are some highlights from both of them.

Roll on Saturday night for the two big mens shows I’de been waiting for. The first was Craig Port with a collection inspired by Craig’s recent trip to England where he pays homage to London with “The Great British Summer” collection.

IMG_0891IMG_0925IMG_0905IMG_0926IMG_0908Truth be told, I was a little surprised by this collection. Don’t get me wrong, I think Craig is a great designer and I own lot’s of his stuff, but he really nailed it with this show.

The colours were all very muted, lots of pastels, and a great use of Camo, there was also lots of texture coming through in lightweight knits and some quilting. I’m quite excited to see this collection hit the stores.

No show is complete without a swan song, and once again, Craig Port did not disappoint. The show culminated with a troop of mint green models complete with flower garlands, quite a vibe that, but it worked.

The last show of the night and of Mercedes Benz fashion week 2014 for that matter was the Fabiani menswear show with their Fabinia Cafe theme, I say show but I do mean collection, because unfortunately it wasn’t much of a show.

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I’ve been thinking long and hard on how to report back on a collection that left me feeling a little “meh” like I had seen it all before. And rather then smile and nod, I’ve decided to be honest, after all, why have an opinion if you’re not gonna have an opinion right?

Now, I’m no fashion expert, so I’de definitely like to start off by saying that. I have no formal fashion training, I just have an eye for it and know what I like, so take everything I say with a cup of salt. There were lots of great pieces in this collection, most of them featured above, but none of them ‘wow’ or different, and I don’t mean different from each other, I just mean different from any collection preceding it. This is fashion week right? So, unless you’re doing something completely radical with your jeans and polo’s, maybe don’t feature them on the runway, because well, they’re EXACTLY the same as last years…maybe just a bigger logo on the popped up collar.

Again, don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the Fabiani stores, I think they’ve showed the importance of tailoring to the common man and still stock some of the most incredible mens shoes you’ll find anywhere in the world, I’m happy to shop there any day of the week. But this was the problem, I felt like I was doing exactly that, shopping, or at the very least browsing a live version of the catalogue.

In the end it was an incredible experience, I loved every moment of it and consider myself incredibly luck to be a part of it, thank you once again to everyone who hosted me.

Okay. Stay fancy.

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