Thursday, September 18, 2014

Brands: The Pavilion Fashion Capital + Levi's

The Pavilion Fashion Capital Summer Campaign is in full swing and today's fashion brand found at the Pavilion Mall is the venerable Levi's store. Purveyor of authentic Americana denim products, particularly its jeans. You'd want to take part in this stage of the campaign simply because which style enthusiast doesn't want to be identified with a brand like Levi's? 

In order to enter all you have to do is take a picture of the image above which is located within the vicinity of the Levi's at the Pavilion and upload on social media sites Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc, tag the Pavilion on @ThePavSA and also use the hashtags #LovePav #LovePavFashion. All this puts you in line to win a R200 rand voucher to spend at the Pavilion.

So, get moving to the Pavilion and most importantly, spread the word to all Durban people.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cut 'n Sew: Heels And Soles Repaired

The last time I posited about this burgundy oxford, I was enquiring as to whether the sole, that was coming off at the time, could be fully repaired. I was able to get the heel fixed however the rest of the sole just couldn't be fixed. I'm inclined to think that the 'cobbler' was inexperienced in this kind of work because the soles were just glued with normal rubber glue. Suffice to say, the glue started coming off within a few days.
The main problem was the leather sole peeling off and therefore exposing the weak construction of the shoe. Shoes that are manufactured and bonded with glue will fall apart sooner or later. As opposed to shoes with a semblance of welt stitching, they will last longer especially if made of quality materials.
This is one of my favourite pair of shoes and repairing the soles and restoring has been a goal for quite some time. On one my weekend trips to Joburg, a few months ago, I decided to take the shoes to a place called Levingers; a dry clean, tailoring and alterations and shoe repair shop. After consulting with the shoe repairer, he explained the whole process to me and how long it would take. The above image shows the shoes after repair. The leather has been taken out completely and replaced with a Phillips rubber sole. The thick rubber heel has also been replaced with a slimmer, lighter version. I have to admit that the rubber sole has added a little bit of weight to the shoe, however, I don't think this'll stop me from wearing them in summer. The sole has been reinforced and there are no visible spaces between the layers of the sole. It cost me R650 to have them repaired; that's the price of a decent pair of Barker's or Bishop's.
I am happy with the outcome and I think I'll be able to wear them for another five years.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pick Of The Week: Ellesse Navy Giovanelli Jumper

Gone are the days of plain, solid colour sweaters because the menswear movement has ventured into all kinds of exuberant and colourful designs. We're also into spring and it might be a tad too late for a jumper in this dark shade, however, its design and tri-colour trim is what makes it stand out as a casual piece for transitioning between seasons. It's casual and playful therefore any form of neck wear should be worn in moderation. It's also superb and forms a wonderful complementary piece with various shades of colourful spring chinos. Made of cotton and acrylic, I say it's light enough for spring even though the colour is a little dark.

It's available at Runway Sale and it is offered in four sizes from small to extra large. It's also been reduced from R480 to R269; that's what I call affordable style.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Brands: The Pavilion Fashion Capital Summer 2014

Happy Spring to you all. I'd be remiss however if I forget to shout out those transitioning into autumn. To resume the blogging grind after a month long break is an opportunity to introduce a few things that are hot and happening in Durban right now. One of them, the Pavilion Shopping Mall, and its imminent Fashion Capital Summer Campaign 2014. I have been selected as one of the Durban bloggers who will be pushing, running and activating this campaign. I am surrounded by beautiful company as well because my fellow campaigners are Ackie Ndlovu, Candice Basnett, Nontobeko Nakin and Kerry Heathfield. Yep, I am definitely a thorn among the roses. This campaign is really simple, you have to snap up a picture of a particular item/ garment, etc and try to link it to the particular store where it can be found at the Pavilion. There are vouchers and other prizes to be won which I will reveal in due course. But for now you can visit for more information. If you would like to read the Pavilion Fashion Capital Summer catalogue where my fellow bloggers and I have been interviewed you can click here.

In order to interact with us on our blogs and various other social media please use the hashtags #LovePav and #LovePavFashion, tag the Pavilion at @ThePavSA and on instagram thepavilionsa.

This campaign is going to be great and serviceable to Durban people. So Durbanites please spread the word.

Man to man, generation to generation.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pick of the Week: Brooksfield Cardif Melton Camel Overcoat

Courtesy of Spree, this week's pick of the week is something very trendy nowadays: a camel overcoat. I had a moment of clarity not too long ago. I was having a conversation with an old lady and I said to her that I didn't understand why some people were wearing t-shirts and sole layers when it is the middle of winter. Even though in a sub-tropical region the mornings are quite chilly. She responded with one statement, that some people simply don't have anything warm to wear. That's the stark reality which was very sobering to me. This camel overcoat by Brooksfield would be a timely purchase for any gent because it is a classic outerwear piece. Versatile enough to complement both business and casual ensembles it lends itself to a litany of combinations which makes it more than a winter essential. It's currently on sale on Spree for R970 marked down from R1299.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Style: High Armhole Jacket + Low Armhole Shirt = No Cuff Showing

One thing I forgot to add in Monday's post about the navy blue suit is that the jacket sleeves were a tad long and I had them altered because it's only right that some shirt cuff show. The guideline is that at least two inches of shirt cuff should show. I was taken aback a bit when I discovered that even after having the sleeves altered on my jacket I had little to no shirt cuff showing. I almost blamed the tailor that he didn't do his job properly. Upon closer inspection the jacket looked like it had been altered correctly. Something was amiss with the shirt. I couldn't wait to get home so that I could try the jacket with a different shirt. This whole debacle of the missing two inches of shirt cuff played out out on TV no-less, and the observant and style conscious gent would've noticed.

These are the results after I tried the jacket with two different shirts. On the left is the same shirt I'm wearing in the top image and it clearly shows how the jacket's high armhole pulls the lower shirt armhole up which results in no shirt cuff showing. Not even a smidgen. The shirt on the right is an item I picked up from Meltz back in 2009 for a measly R25. I know I say that I have a lot of favourite white shirts but this one is the best of the whole lot. It features a slightly higher armhole and it just shot right out of the jacket sleeve to be in full view. Clearly there's nothing wrong with the jacket, unless I take it for the further sleeve cropping and run the risk of ruining it, however the design and proportion of the shirts needs to be interrogated.

Notice how the shirt in the top image shows a slightly lower armhole, conversely the shirt in the bottom image has a slightly higher armhole. The secret is in the design and proportion of the sleeves. The sleeves in the top image are standard for a shirt with a size 41 neck. The sleeves in the bottom image are slightly longer but do not engulf the wrists and this is augmented by two cuff buttons that make the cuffs button closer to the wrist. If you're faced with the same challenge then you can look for shirt designs that offer longer sleeves and higher armholes. Another option is the online shirt makers who allow the customer to design and insert their measurements or you can take the shirt to your tailor and have the sleeves elongated. The best option, however, is bespoke.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where Is The Love? Country Attire International Gentleman Journal

I feel like those South African artists who get a whole lot of love outside the country but zero love and appreciation at home. Well, with that said, this is one of those moments that I enjoy and savour because the work that I do with this blog has been recognised. This time by the wonderful folks at Country Attire, a British menswear brand that offers a host of recognisable brands. These brands range from Belstaff, Barbour, Loake, and Orlebar Brown. It gives me great pleasure to announce that they featured me, alongside four other dapper gents, in their International Gentleman Journal. I am very appreciative that now and then someone wants to hear my opinion and thoughts on menswear. I am glad I have stuck to this journey because I learn more and more each day. You can read up on my thoughts and those of my fellow bloggers by clicking the link above. And to Country Attire, thank you very much for this feature and for bringing me one step closer to getting love at home.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.