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#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.

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.

FROM LEXUS SA MENSWEAR WEEK TO THE STREETS

Before the month is out we thought it would be fitting to start the month of March feeling inspired with some local street style. Below are some key looks that struck the eye of Anesu Chogugudza, our guy on the street, bringing some style heat this summer (have you seen him in our campaigns? Oh, and he and his lady were voted best dressed couple at this year’s Sun Met).

We sent him and his camera to this year’s Lexus South African Menswear Week in Cape Town to snap some shots of some streetside style game with the whose who of SA menswear.

Here’s what he saw.

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“⁠⁠⁠I love Mzukuzi’s androgynous look which has a pop of color to give it a high fashion runway feel.”

img_0701“Dapper never goes out of style, like this look from Menzi. I love it because of how well his outfit is put together, with just the correct balance of accessories- definitely a gentleman.”

img_0795 “Here we see KB and his friends playing with print and most importantly, floral print, always a good touch to add to streetstyle.”

img_0810 “Lwakhe shows us high-end street style with his triple print combination, winning!”

img_0822“Like they say, “friends who slay together, stay together”; this crew demonstrates their cool style.”

img_0824“I love how they made simple black and white so elegant and stylish. I mean look at his overcoat and the way she has styled different textures of black, gorgeous!”

img_1055 “Another streetstyle look nicely done, great one from Kat.”

img_1068“I decided to go Classic, the hat from Markham totally completes my look.”

img_1107“From this portrait we can already see so much style; the turtle-neck and choker accessory complement each other; creative and stylish indeed.”

img_0708 “I love how denim can go with anything and everything. Here the denim shirt gives a relaxed feel to the look.”

img_1060“Funky and stylish! Again we see colours and prints being played with. Nice one, gents. These looks are definitely timeless.”

Images: Anesu Chogugudza

#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

STYLE DIARY: LULO RUBUSHE

Lulo Tevin Rubushe isn’t only a style influencer but is a successful entrepreneur. In fact his ambition for and dedication to entrepreneurship is infectious, having started his own creative platform RNDM Network four years ago whilst studying. With a business channel that connects young creatives and their cohorts with big brands and vica versa, it’s no doubt that Lulo’s style diary is one of the most exciting we’ve seen to date. It’s one that epitomizes everything the young Capetonian stands for, namely, originality and authenticity.

  1. What inspires you when it comes to fashion?

I believe I get my inspiration from various sources both local and international and mainly focused around urban culture and specifically the hip hop scene. Having said that though, I’m one to experiment with different trends and styles just to captivate the audience.

  1. What are some of your favourite trends of the moment?

Normally I’m not one to follow trends I’m the kid who juxtaposes himself against them but I’m loving silk shirts, gowns and linen at the moment! Lol, I’ve started experimenting with them myself and I’m really enjoying it. Also off-cut and elongated styled clothing.

  1. Why the boiler suit?

The thing I love about the boiler suit is that it is very unique, I have nothing like it in my wardrobe. It’s a garment that turns heads and it stands out from the rest.

Check out how Lulo styled our boiler suit in his unique way.

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I’m wearing a Sotho straw hat, black sunglasses, the boiler suit, black MKM active performance skins and a silk bomber jacket and this is an outfit I’d wear to fashion week.

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This look is very similar to the previous look without the silk bomber but this is an outfit I’d wear going to a summer festival like Rocking The Daisies.

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I’m wearing a light tee, with a denim shirt tied around my waist, performance tights and sneakers and I’d wear this outfit on a casual basis where I switch it up with the denim tee in the evening.

Follow Lulo: 

Facebook: theRNDMnetwork

Twitter: @therndmnetwork

Instagram: @lulorndm

Images by Brad Mathieson

 

SPOTTED AT THE SUN MET

We first met Anesu Chogugudza back in April 2015 when he won a matric dance competition we ran with DJ Lloyd. We could see he had an eye for style and was a fan of the Markham brand, so since then we’ve stayed in touch and worked on various projects together (did you spot him in our windows this summer?)

Like so many people in Cape Town, Anesu hit the Sun Met this past weekend, dressed head to toe in Markham. With the theme being “Decades of Glamour” he took his inspiration from the 20s where the double-breasted blazer was the item to have. This look won him best dressed man and best dressed couple with his friend Abongwe.

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Anesu picked out his favourite looks from the day and gives us all some style tips to take from each of them:

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Shiraz chose to go for a neutral grey suit which is timeless, and this stood out for me because of the different way he styled it with stunning accessories.

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Here we see a brown suit put together in a really neat way with everything complimenting each other. This is one of my favourite looks because I believe in less being more and the gentleman here ably demonstrated this.

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My personal favourite clothing item was a double-breasted blazer and here we see Menzi effortlessly pulling off the suit look. With the finishing touch of a hat, he definitely resemble the 20s era.

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With a pop of color, the gentlemen from The Black Ties looked dapper with a switch up of the bow-tie. These looks were playful and colourful, yet still dapper.

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A suit with bold print or detailing is always a good pick. Solo nicely pulled of his three piece look with complementing accessories and this look is a personal favourite.

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Now instead of a blazer, we see a cape styled nicely on top of a waistcoat. This is a creative look which definitely caught the eyes of many and it was nicely done.

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With blue being a favourite colour amongst many guys, we see a blue suit with a fine check print. This look stands out because of how his accessories are not necessarily matching but rather complementing each other and this is what every guy out there should take note of. Nicely structured outfit indeed!

Images by Anesu Chogugudza

 

SUN MET INSPO STRAIGHT OUTTA ITALY

With the Sun Met happening this weekend in Cape Town we thought we’d throw out some dapper inspiration for you to get your style on. And what better report back than of the recent Pitti Uomo in Florence,Italy,  the bi-annual trade show where it’s all about Homme and has been since 1972.

It’s an event that determines what the shops will be stocking in 6 months time and it’s a smorgasbord of style. The stakes are high and so are the price tags, where some of the world’s most sought-after brands present their ranges to high profile editors, buyers, retailers and anyone whose anyone in the world of menswear.

It’s also where the big players in the world of fashion get the chance not just to see but to be seen. The street style is insane and the gathering is fruitful hunting ground for the likes of Scott Schuman and other street style photographers.

So here’s our pick of some of the most stylish looks from the 24/7 style marathon that was Pitti Uomo 91. Sit back, take note and let the inspiration take you to this weekend’s Sun Met.

Bright Lights…

Stand out in contrasting colours and pops of bright colours.

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White Out…

Although a wintery look, we love the white on grey combination.

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Contrasting prints…

Create texture with clashing prints.

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All in the details…

From embroidery to brooches, to feathers in hats, it’s all in the detail.

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Images by Enrico Labriola and Vincenzo Grillo for Pitti Uomo 91.

THE CHUCK II HITS MARKHAM

The original Chuck Taylor can be found in the wardrobe of most men. They’re seen on the streets, in the clubs and in the office. The Chuck Taylor All Star II was developed to meet the demands of guys who are always on the move. They’re built for comfort, so fit and feel better, but still have the classic Converse style.

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Check out everything you need to know in the video below and shop the range here.