KEEP YOUR DENIM LOOKING NEWER FOR LONGER

This goes against everything that we’ve ever been taught – that when something is dirty, you put it into the wash to get it clean. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not telling you it’s okay to walk around in dirty jeans forever, but there are better ways to keep your denim looking newer for longer, without using washing detergent.

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The problem with washing detergent is that it strips fabric of its colour, colder water shrinks the fabric of your jeans (that’s why they feel so tight when you put them back on) and hot water stretches the fibres (that’s why they come apart quickly). So, what should you be doing?

  • Vinegar is King

No matter how much money you spend on your jeans or the type of fabric they are made from, you don’t want to have to replace them in a few weeks because they have faded. Water and soap / washing detergent speed up the fading process. Rather opt for soaking your denims in cold water and white vinegar. Simply add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the water and let your denims soak for an hour.  To dry, don’t wring them out – it stretches the fabric – rather just hang them up or lay them flat. And the smell? Once your jeans are dry, that smell will be gone (along with the dirt & germs).

  • Steam

Steam is a great way to refresh your jeans without having to use detergents or water. If your jeans are only slightly dirty, grab a coat hanger, and hang them up in the bathroom while you take a shower. The steam will remove any smells and don’t worry about the slight moisture that gets into the fabric, it’s not enough to do any damage.

  • Fresh air

If the weather is nice outside, grab those jeans and hang them up outside, but make sure that they are in the shade – you don’t want to come back and find that the sun has lightened the fabric. You’d be shocked how quickly it happens!

  • Time to chill

If you don’t have a lot of time and need to freshen up your jeans quickly, grab them and head to the freezer. Place your jeans into a freezer bag – you don’t want the ice to touch the fabric – place them in the freezer for a few hours and any smells that were on your jeans will be gone.

If your denims do become really dirty and you have no other option, wash them but leave out the detergent, opting rather for vinegar.

These tricks also work well for keeping your denim jackets looking newer for longer.

Now that you know how to keep them looking great, find your perfect pair of Markham and Relay Jeans here – VIEW DENIM RANGE

TOE-TAPPING JAZZ FEELS

If you’re the type who has a soulful soundtrack to every phase of your life, from your teens, to your first love, to your first born, then the fact that it’s the Cape Town Jazz Festival (http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/) this weekend is a big deal.

Whether you’re into jazz or not the line-up this year is on fire and has a mixed bag of big sound jazz (Marcus Gilmore & Taylor McFerrin, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber & Paul Jackson Jr and Skyjack), Afro-funk and jazz (Manu Dibangu, Pops Mohammed, Thandiswa Mazwai, The Rudimentals) and some serious hip hop and R&B names (En Vogue, The Internet, Digable Planets, anyone?).

Hit those fashion high notes with some of our favourite looks in current menswear from around the interwebs, to go with each of these genres. Because good music deserves great style!

The Jazz Purist, with a twist

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This look is all kinds of right! We love the nod to old school styling with the high-waisted pants, braces and hat but with on trend blingin’ rings and a sheep skin collared jacket.

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This is definitely one of our favourite looks for a night of jazz. The biker jacket adds a street edge to the collared white shirt and tie combo and the fez hat and thick rimmed glasses finishes it off with an Afro-urban edge.

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For a sophisticated and edgy look this palette of beige and black is totally on fleek! The beanie and loafers with chinos and tailored long woollen coat is achingly cool.

 

Afro-funkin’ and punkin’

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We love this contemporary take on an Afrocentric look. The bright pops of colour with the military style boiler suite, the sandals with socks, the insanely cool and weird hat, it all just works.

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This look is a great combination of funk and punk with an ode to Afro-aestheticism. The neutral trench coat, skinny jeans and workman’s boots paired with a Dashiki shirt make this a look with global style miles.

 

Hip hop and it don’t stop

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With a distinctly 90s vibe, thanks to the turtle neck and doc marten looking boots, this bright printed jogger and sweat combo is given a stylish twist for a night out. You’ll be comfy too.

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Keen on some serious pimpin’ style? Then you need a big fur coat. The bigger and furrier it is, the more played down you need to keep it underneath. Like this jeans, tee and denim shirt combo paired with white sports socks and sneakers.

FEET ON FIRE

Introducing our new range of premium leather footwear for the discerning dude who needs to look sharp all day and into the night. The range features some classics with a contemporary sizzle: the loafer, the derby and the brogue in three colourways, tan, brown and black, all hand-crafted in India.

For your fashionation we delve back into the archives to give you a roundup of where these styles come from, and where they’ve been and while you’re at it, click the images to shop.

The loafer

Loafers as we know them today were designed by Norwegian/American shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1930. Gaining popularity in America and Europe it was in the US of A where the term ‘loafer’ was coined in the early 30s as another way to ‘slip-on’, you know, like hangin’ out casual at home… And from then on became THE casual shoe worn by American men.

In the 60s they were elevated to formal status, in part thanks to Italian design brand Gucci adding a metal pin across the front and creating the famous Gucci loafer worn by Wall-Street businessmen. Another variation was the casual tassel loafer, which rose to fame amongst the all-American East Coast preppy guys, a reputation it hasn’t been able to shake since.

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The derby

From the Oxford, a popular sport and hunting boot around the 1850s (which by the 20th century was adapted as a short shoe to put on and take off easily take on), we have the evolution of the premium leather Derby. The main difference is that the Derby has an open lace system and can accommodate different sized feet more easily than the Oxford. They’ve become the most popular dress shoe for guys because of their comfort.

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The brogue

Arguably the most well-known of men’s formal shoes, the brogue has a unisex, androgynous vibe about it, probably because of the defining feature of decorative patterning. Most popular in monochrome, they originated in Ireland and were worn by men as outdoor walking shoes in the early 20th Century. They weren’t considered appropriate for business or formal occasions back then; however, one of the things we love about fashion is that it has the ability to make something once deemed functional to become completely LIT a few decades later. Which is the situation right now with regards to this favourite formal shoe.

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#MKMLIFE: SIYABONGA MKHASIBE

Another hero of our latest campaign, this Jozi-based art director and photographer extraordinaire has a fascination with vintage Americana apparel, denim and all things made in, or should we say, ‘Big in Japan’. He goes under the aliases of Uncle Prep and The Black Aesthete and we just love his style. We caught up with him to talk style, winter and life, in no particular order.

1. Break down your style for us.

My style is a mix of Japanese cuts and fits fused with vintage Americana prep, so it’s a lot of denim, boxy fits, thick cuffs and some patchwork. It all sounds a bit chaotic but it comes together beautifully, trust me.

2. What’s your favourite thing about Winter?

I like layering, different textures, colours, cuts and lengths for interesting combinations and looks.

3. What key items will you be rocking this winter and why?

Jeans! Obviously. They’re easily the most versatile item you can stock up on with the different fits and washes. Sweatshirts; I love sweatshirts in interesting solid colours like burgundy, indigo and olive green. All Star Chuck 70s, in the hi or lo versions as they have a beautiful silhouette and are great with jeans. And not forgetting beanies, I’ll be doing a lot of beanies.

4. Please tell us about the look you styled on this shoot.

This for me is definitely a Friday look; I’m thinking about being comfortable enough to work a half day campaign shoot and then hanging out with friends for drinks afterwards. It’s very casual and allows you to be active.

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5. Why do you think it works?

The layering is key and makes it work. The hoodie with the trench coat is a cool edgy combo and the contrast between the colours (hoodie, trench and jeans) is beautiful and complimentary.

6. Where are some of your favourite hangouts in Jozi and why?

Father Coffee is where I always meet interesting people; Poolside in Maboneng for cool easy summer vibes; Fox Den or The Peak for an authentic tavern experience; The Market at 1 Fox for artisanal eateries and drinks and Parkhurst is always great for dinner.

7. What do you love about living in Jozi?

I love the mix of people here in Joburg, it’s like no other city in the country. The pace and energy feels different here, people operate in a different higher gear with a strong work ethic and creative output. We’ve really created the deep grooves that contribute to the strong character of this country.

8. As a photographer, what has been the most interesting shoot you’ve done recently and why?

It’s an on-going project, where I’ve been documenting my interest in all kinds of work-wear and drawing parallels between the people who wear some of the items as fashion pieces and people who wear them as part of their uniform.

Follow Siyabonga at @stay_prep_sa and @Uncle_Prep on Instagram.

Check out his portfolio: Behance.net/iamsiyam

#MKMLIFE: TIM CHISALE

As part of one of Cape Town’s illest style collectives (their imagery is on fire!), ToneSociety, Timothy Chisale is also a rapper and music producer. When he’s not styling or dropping the dopest beats, he’s studying at UCT. We gave him some key items from the Markham 2017 Winter edit to style on his own speed and the result can be seen in our latest campaign. We also get the low-down on what drives his style choices.

1. How would you define your style?

I would describe my style as quite relaxed and varied as I’m into a lot of styles.

2. What are your top two must-have items for Winter 2017 and how would you style them?

My two must-have items for winter are definitely a good trench coat and a dope bomber jacket. I would style a bomber on top of a hoodie for one of those cold winter days, with a pair of cropped pants or skinny jeans and a pair of doc martens. The trench coat I would style with slim chinos or trousers with a button up shirt and it would all probably be monotone.

3. Who do you consider a style icon and why?

I consider people like A$AP Rocky, Ian Connor and Kanye West as style icons because they’ve really had a lot of epic style moments over the years that have influenced so many people to want to dress like them or pull off a certain look. This makes them icons I guess.

4. Are you more of a jeans and sweater kind of guy, or chinos and parka?

I’m a chinos and parka kinda guy because it’s a super stylish and timeless look.

5. Tell us about the looks you styled below… where would you wear them and why do you think they work?

Both looks are quite casual but with an edge. The look I styled in the first image would be worn to campus or most places because it’s so comfortable and easy going and would make me look good in most settings I guess. I think it works because the layering came out really nicely and it’s both a simple yet complex look. The second image could be worn to similar places because it’s super laid back and the layering effect of wearing the bomber over the hoodie makes it a great outfit for a cold day.

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6. Where are some of your favourite hangouts in Cape Town and why?

Some of my favourite hang-outs are Yours Truly, Waiting Room, the beach (of course), and generally anywhere with a relaxed vibe to it.

Follow Tim on Instagram: @tim_cheesecake, and ToneSociety: @tonesociety

STYLE DIARY: MTHOKOZISI CHIYI

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Black Carpet anchor, Durbanite and fashion stylist, Mthokozisi “Swenka” Chiyi stopped by our Durban stores ahead of the MetroFM awards.

Mthokozisi is 37 years young, born and bred in Durban. He’s a fulltime fashion stylist and personal shopper. He is also a freelance fashion reporter for UkhoziFM. Fashion has always been part of Mtohokozisi’s life, with both his father and grandfather being involved in fashion in one way or another.

When reporting live from the black carpet at the 2017 MetroFM awards on fashion, it’s important to be on point yourself. That’s why Mthokosizi headed into Markham and put together a few looks

Describe the looks you put together:

“Definitely EDGY GENTLEMAN. The idea was to create versatile red carpet looks – from your serious “corporate” look to something that would be great for an edgy hip hop artist who doesn’t wanna conform.”

 

Styling and shopping for your clients must cause you to work up an appetite. What are your favourite hot spots in SA?

“I enjoy great food, great wine and soothing music, not to forget amazing company. I love small restaurants and cafés like Market (DBN), Giovanni’s (CPT) or anywhere in Parkhurst (JHB).

You covered a music event; we had to ask, what is your favourite song at the moment?

“I have two: uGogo by Sjava and Ekse Aweh by OkMalumkoolkat. Wait, maybe it’s 3 – it always gets me dancing – Thobeka by Babes Wodumo. Put that on and I’ll show you a dance move or two.”

What do you love about fashion and clothing?

“My passion is seeing people looking good, appreciating how they look and in turn building their confidence and changing their life. My dream is to ‘Dress the World’ – that’s why I’m helping people dress properly by shopping for them and educating them through the radio segment I do.”

What do you do when you aren’t ‘Dressing the World’?

“I spend a lot of downtime browsing fashion blogs, going to fashion shows or watching the international shows on Youtube. I hang out on social media and, as much as possible, window shopping. I don’t really have spare time as I’ve got to always be on point with the trends and fashion. But I do make some time for traveling. I love seeing the world (and the fashion outside of SA).”

What advice can you give SA men on fashion?

“Confidence is an accessory for all seasons, all styles and all looks. Wear it!”

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LAY IT ON GOOD

When it comes to trans-seasonal dressing, the only way to keep your cool and remain in high style is to layer.

As Autumn weather settles and the temperature continues to drop we thought we’d share some layering 101 tips using three key jackets that will be relevant all year round.

The bomber

This key piece of the 2017 Style Hall of Fame is slimmer and more refined than its 90s ancestor, making it very adaptable to a host of different looks. In terms of layering, longerline shirts and tees go well with the new bomber and call on its 90s roots, especially with a plaid-checked shirt. Pair with slim fit ripped denims and high tops and you’ve got yourself an outfit worth its weight in street-cred. For a more formal look, pair with chinos, a collared shirt and brogues and you’ve got a classic office or dinner-for-two look.

The fishtail parka

This classic jacket can be worn open or closed and its longer length makes it great for packing in those layers. For a relaxed look, pair with a tee, skinnies and trainers and for a more ‘I mean business’ look opt for a collared shirt, tie and knit combo with plain black skinnies and derbies.

The Harrington

Probably the most formal out of these three, the slim lined Harrington jacket in a nylon fabrication, will instantly turns up the ‘I have arrived’ factor of any outfit. When it comes to layering, keep it slim and fitted all the way through, funk it up with some colour or texture and don’t forget the accessories.