Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

#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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#MKMLIFE: LUKHANYO MDINGI

Cape Town-based young designer, Lukhanyo Mdingi, has got it going on. As one of SA’s rising stars on the menswear fashion scene and with a side gig as everyone’s favourite waiter at Cape Town’s ‘cool kid’ hangout, Clarkes, his own personal style game is on point. He’s also a really great guy who has the effect of making you feel like the most important person on the planet and keeps things real with a good dose of humility.

All of the above reasons – together with the fact that at 23 he showed his first collection at SA Menswear Week and has been unstoppable since – are why he’s our launch personality for the new #MKMlife campaign, which is an insight into the lifestyle of real life Markham guys.

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We got the chance to ask Lukhanyo a few questions on shoot:

How would you describe the kind of collections you design?

I would describe my pieces and label, Lukhanyo Mdingi, as one that has a sense of cross cultural influences and design, together with a youthful outlook of African aesthetics and influences. Creating clean minimal looks that are distinct and powerful with a flair for contemporary elegance and sophistication.

Tell us about your production process?

I visualize each collection from various physical spaces and the production takes place in the studio spaces of my devoted seamstress. I’m incredibly grateful for my production team as well as my creative team. They are part of the Lukhanyo Mdingi label, the name goes far beyond a single man, but a name that is communal to those that share the same sentiments and ideals. The best part about the whole process is knowing that everything is done purely based on love and commitment.

What inspires you about Cape Town’s fashion scene?

The diversity and energy, which is pretty instant and electric. I sometimes find it so surreal to always think that so much force exudes from this tiny town that’s placed right here at Africa’s most southern tip. It’s beautiful.

Follow Lukhanyo:

Website: lukhanyomdingi.co.za

Facebook: Lukhanyo Mdingi _ Facebook

Instagram: lukhanyomdingi

Twitter: Lukhanyo_Mdingi