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BEST COFFICE SPOTS IN JOZI

Where the coffee is strong and the wifi free. This is where today’s future entrepreneurs are crafting business models for their next big things. Where the solutions of today’s issues are being workshopped, we transferred, uploaded and brainstormed, as are the creative innovations to implement them.

Ah, the City of Gold, where there’s a constant sepia filter on everything from the ’80s style buildings of Hillbrow to the sparkly alien-like ones of Sandton, every neighbourhood the length of the M1 features some cool coffices.

Father Coffee

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Probably the most Instagrammed coffice spot in Jozi, Father is not just about good coffee and free wifi, this place is all about living that Wallpaper-Magazine life, even if you’re not. Not only are the timber-clad interiors a design feat, but Jozi’s finest get their early morning fixes here before starting their day. Just be warned though, focusing on your work with all the stylistas hanging about can be quite challenging.

http://www.fathercoffee.co.za/

The Whippet

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Around the koppie is The Whippet in the Parks’ neighbourhood of Linden. It’s where Joburg suburbia meets boho-artsy, designer types and a firm favourite coffice spot amongst the freeform, freelance community. It’s become a favourite because of the delicious food, light, designer interiors and the fact that everyone, or at least someone, knows your name. The vibe is friendly and cool and word on the street is that they recently launched their Winter 2017 menu which they believe is their best offering yet. Oh and did we mention the wifi is free?

www.thewhippetcoffee.com

Other favs:

Motherland Coffee Company

Bean There Coffee

Doubleshot Coffee and Tea

BEST COFFICE SPOTS IN CAPE TOWN

Where the coffee is strong and the wifi free. This is where today’s future entrepreneurs are crafting business models for their next big things. Where the solutions of today’s issues are being workshopped, we transferred, uploaded and brainstormed, as are the creative innovations to implement them.

Aside from the now boring ‘natural beauty’ the city boasts, which every Capetonian does too, Cape Town has some of the most well designed and very cool ‘coffice’ joints. They take their artisanal coffee seriously here, not to mention the wifi, most places in the city centre offer it free.

So here are two of our favourite spots that double up as Millenials’ go-to offices.

 

Field Office (East City)

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Over in the East City is Field Office, which is as its name suggests, is all about werk, werk, werk! Walk in there on any given day of the week during office hours and the place is jammed with young and happening creatives from all over the city. The area is a burgeoning hub of creativity with the Cape Craft and Design Institute located upstairs and various co-working hubs and design studios also in the area. Its proximity to the City Centre makes it a popular choice as a few minutes by sneakers gets you to Long, Loop and Bree Streets and the My Citi Bus routes are everywhere.

https://www.fieldoffice.co.za

Rosetta Coffee

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Not only does this place roast some of the most exciting flavours from around the world it also happens to be one of the chicest most beautifully designed coffee caves in the city and arguably the country. Located in every Millennial’s shopping centre of choice, the Woodstock Exchange (boasting some of the city’s fastest broadband wifi, that’s free), it’s one big vibe hanging out here. The coffee is artisanal, the setting urban and very chic, the style-game of the creatives is seriously on-point and of course the wifi is fast.

http://www.rosettaroastery.com/

Other favs:

Loading Bay

Lola’s

Rick’s Café Americain

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.

#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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1 NIGHT, 3 LOOKS

So Valentine’s Day has come and gone but we still think there shouldn’t be an excuse to dress to impress the one who keeps the other side of your bed warm. In celebration of the month of love here are three key looks that are all on point for the season.

  1. Keeping it casual

thumbnail If you’re into keeping things easy and chilled, the jeans and tee combo says it all. Go for a longer line tee and skinnies, a match made in style-heaven.

  1. Smooth operator

img_0500 Wanna look like THE man? Then classic black with a twist of funky accessories like on-trend reflector shades, is on point.

  1. Weekend special

img_0264Cos everyone loves the ‘guy-next-door’ with the authentic smile and old-school style. Think relaxed skinnies and urban white sneakers with a classic blazer.

Styled by Timz Steyla of Men of Cloth.