Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pick(s) of the Week: Go To Stylemology Now

 
It's not intentional that recent posts about Pick of the Week have been about shoes, but, gentlemen...shoes really are the defining mark of your personal style. With that said if you haven't heard of Stylemology, then you need to head on over there right now and rummage through the numerous menswear items they have on sale. I've watched this sale closely and witnessed how fast items were going based on the progression of the sale. So, here are this week's picks and it's all shoes.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Style: A PG First; Street Style

Msawenkosi Maphanga, 57


Mr Simphiwe Ngibe, 51


Name withheld, 46
 

Mr Bismark Obuba, 50
 
 
Mr Albert Mcoyi, 62
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Picks Of The Week: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes...

Paul of London Tassel Loafer R399
 
 
Everything seems to have fallen into place for this weekend. Fortuitous and auspicious. When everything collides, in a good way. Payday, sales and the weekend. So, in this week's edition of pick(s) the week I have shoes galore. In preparation for summer and some you can wear all year round. What I like most is the fact that they are inexpensive, and that means you can buy more than one. When that happens a healthy rotation of stylish footwear can be initiated and maintained. That translates to value for money and stylish feet. All shoes can be found at Zando.co.za

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cut 'n Sew: Shoddy Workmanship; The Navy Rice Stripe Trousers

 
I've given these navy rice stripe trousers a run a few times and I've noticed that even though the waist is tight enough, the length is fine, leg opening is exactly what I asked for, they are incredibly baggy in the thigh  and throughout the leg. The bagginess  is visible from the knee upwards and this calls for another visit to the tailor in order to get this fixed.
 
 
I definitely feel the length of the trousers almost flagellating in windy weather. In order to get the fit right the alterations will take place on both the out and inseam. So that ultimately it looks symmetrical, especially to the third eye.
 
 
As stated before I am happy with the length which is 42 inches and the opening at the bottom is 16 inches.  I'm also happy with the single break. Trousers that are too long need to be adjusted at the bottom so as to avoid them slipping under your shoes as well as pooling around your ankles. This is very unflattering. The one thing I haven't been able to do with any of these trousers is have the turn-ups restored because there isn't enough fabric underneath.
 
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Style: Layers And Layers Of Inspiration

 

I was looking for some inspiration last night when I came across this splendid mix of colours, fit, and textures. The approach to colour coordination, pattern and texture coordination, and contrast combination is effortlessly, albeit expertly, executed. This is someone who knows what they are doing when putting together an outfit. I was really taken by the way everything is put together, how each piece stands out individually, and most importantly, the fit. Believe me; none of these pieces would work to culminate in this sartorial masterpiece if it weren’t for the fit. It’s important to put fit first because in that way you ensure that the component elements relate to each other successfully, as if they belong together.

Let’s break down the whole outfit first, inside out:

Shirt – white with windowpane check
Trousers – navy blue chinos
Necktie – fuschia with motif
Sweater – dark grey v-neck
Jacket – sports jacket with light blue and burgundy windowpane check
Outerwear – blue quilted jacket with brown snap button collar and elbow patches

I surmise that brown chukka boots are the most apt footwear for this kind of look, although a brogue boot would also be suitable.

The marriages between articles of clothing that do not belong together but relate to each other is something fairly new to South Africans. The fact that one can wear a business suit and a quilted jacket as outerwear is somewhat of a foreign concept. Visual aids like the image above, however, are of great service in disabusing style conscious gentlemen from the apparent weight of culture and tradition. So, a field jacket can work both in the city and in the country.

If fit is the foundation of gentlemen’s dressing then aesthetic and the level of quality are the cohesive forces that hold everything together.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Brands: Market Restaurant


There is a definite dearth in niche eateries in Durban, however, when one is discovered it’s always guaranteed to be the real deal. Market, a restaurant established in 2007, is one such place. Niche. Special. Arcane. Situated in the leafy and airy suburb of Greyville and tucked away behind some buildings at the end of a driveway, this is one place you’ll never find even serendipitously. So, in my attempts to discover a new spot to eat I enlisted the help of my good friend Russel of the Fork, Knife and Glass dinner club. A food enthusiast, he knew exactly where to take me for a first time.


I am by no means complaining about its location because it is appropriate; away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, malls, and frenetic Florida road. The first thing you notice about Market is the serene atmosphere and organic food. It is not your run of the mill healthy fast food joint. The food takes time, the seating is comfortable and everything appeals to the senses.


There is open air and indoor seating, and it appears that the homey atmosphere was conceptualised with a familial notion in mind. As a family man I definitely saw a spot which would be ideal for a family. However everyone is catered for: a couple on a date, a party of five or more, those who want to lounge and long tables that mimic the French and English styles of dining. In all this the comfort aspect is clearly evident. With double volume ceilings, hanging light bulbs, a book shelf and cookie jars, this place really feels like a home away from home.


The menu is healthy, organic, exotic and very experimental. Given that healthy and organic can be banal and tasteless, their experimentation with flavours is what sustains the cuisine and keeps people coming back. Any first time visitor must try any of their three signature burgers (lamb, chicken or beef) which feature fresh greens as garnish, a blend of spices and a dash of a sauce, served on a fresh Portuguese roll and a side of fries presented in a glass. I, for instance, tried the crumbed chicken burger with slices of avo, tomato, rocket and a dollop of sweet and sour sauce. I washed everything down with water garnished with a slice of lemon and a cola tonic lemonade. There is also a vegetarian menu; so everyone is catered for. The most you are going to pay for a meal is R120, and when you factor in the service I think this is great value for money.


Although promoting healthy eating, a balance is what they strive for thus an extensive wine and liquor list which complements the menu. The wine rack is also in full view. Non-alcoholic beverages include freshly squeezed juices comprising blends of apple and celery, pineapple and orange, and apple, carrot and ginger. According to the manager, Jonathan Nyanhi, most of the food is fresh and also locally sourced. Nothing comes pre-packed to be defrosted later.


Although promoting healthy eating, a balance is what they strive for thus an extensive wine and liquor list which complements the menu. The wine rack is also in full view. Non-alcoholic beverages include freshly squeezed juices comprising blends of apple and celery, pineapple and orange, and apple, carrot and ginger. According to the manager, Jonathan Nyanhi, most of the food is fresh and also locally sourced. Nothing comes pre-packed to be defrosted later.


Because it opens early from 7:30am and closes late at 23:00 the menu accommodates breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday and Mondays are the only days when it closes early at 16:00. Between Tuesday and Saturday  you have to get in early for dinner because the kitchen closes at 21:30, however the bar stays open until 23:00. Dinner can be enjoyed with dessert, and the manager recommends the chocolate fondant. A continuation of the homey vibe can be seen in the fact that breakfast is served all day; therefore it’s not an anomaly to see someone eating scrambled eggs in the afternoon. If you can do it at your own home then you can most certainly do it at Market.


There is also an altruistic side to this restaurant because 1% of your bill is charged and donated to Umthombo, a local NGO that works with street kids. Therefore being at Market is always for a good cause. It feels like if the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ was shot in Durban, Elizabeth Culbert would be a frequent customer of this establishment, and its motto, ‘love what you eat, eat what you love’ is dj Jazzy Jeff’s ‘For da love of da game’ remixed.


Market Restaurant is situated at 40 Gladys Mazibuko road (Marriott) , Greyville, Durban. You can call them on (031) 309 8581. There is also a website with information at http://www.themarketrestaurant.co.za.



Friday, July 19, 2013

Where Is The Love? The GQ/ Orange Blogger Start-Up


Some good news on the Perfect Gentleman streets. On a whim, and really thanks to Twitter, I came across a tweet from @GQdotcoza in association with @OrangeSthAfrica about a style blogger challenge. The details were rather skant but upon following the link to the GQ SA website I was thoroughly surprised. In association with Orange the winning blogger gets some great prizes and great exposure in the men's style milieu. I am extremely blessed to be in this position as a finalist, I also consider it a high honour to be in the company of the other finalists whose blogs are nothing short of innovative and amazing.

Having said that, I need your votes as I undertake this challenge. I have not come this far alone and I surely will not go any further without you. So, this is my request to you and I hope you will oblige and indulge me. Voting takes place on the GQ SA website and here is the link.

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cut 'n Sew: Shoddy Workmanship; The Medium Grey Trousers


I am on such a shoddy workmanship roll lately, that any more shoddy workmanship and this blog's name could change to shoddy workmanship. This series needs to end because at the rate that it's going one could surmise that tailoring in South Africa has nothing of quality to offer. These medium grey single pleated trousers are a product of Woolworths dating back to 2003. I remember the first time wearing them to church one Sunday, complemented by black leather monkstrap shoes, light blue checked spread collar shirt and a pin dot navy blue tie. That's ten years ago, and I'm proud to say that today I couldn't be happier with the fit.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Reader Questions: Advice On A Double Breasted Tux For A Groom


During the early days of this blog, circa 2010, I received a question from a reader soliciting advice on whether a double breasted tuxedo and other sartorial accompaniments were appropriate for the groom. Below is the original question and answer. Then, when you click on read more, I will attempt to give the letter a response more in line with what's current and acceptable.

10/12/10

Hello,
I more than intrigued by your blog. What advice do you have for a Black Double-Breasted tuxedo for a wedding. Bow Tie vs. Windsor Knot, London (spread collar) vs. traditional collar, etc.

Thanks,
Adrian

By all means. A tux as the groom, I totally advocate it. I don't think a double breasted tux is necessary, a wedding is a very formal and conservative affair, therefore, a single breasted tux will do just fine. Why single breast..? Because you don't want to come across as too serious, in a double breasted piece. The single breast gives you room to play around while adhering to the rules. You can opt for a one or two button jacket depending on your taste. I'm sure since it is a tux jacket you will have to go for a peak lapel. Double vents. Satin lapels. You're sticking to the rules here.

I always advocate the utmost in formality. Therefore a bow tie would be apt. A tie just brings your ensemble a couple of notches down. It's a tux therefore it mandates a bow tie. For a shirt, I would go for a semi spread collar. Semi spread allows space for both the shirt and bow tie to be on display. A full spread would almost look like it's running parallel to the bow tie and thus diminish the aesthetic of the collar. You want your whole ensemble to be on display therefore less is more.

I trust I have answered your question.

Thanks
Mxolisi

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cut 'n Sew: Shoddy Workmanship; The Light Grey Trousers


Following a previous post on four pairs of trousers I took to the Tailor Shop for major adjustments, I think it's only right that I report back on the individual results. Today I start with the light grey double pleated trousers.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Picks Of The Week: Topman Online Sale




'Canvey' Suede Tassle Loafers £46

I was meant to do a follow up post on the Shoddy Workmanship series today, however, when it comes to the Pick(s) of the Week, an urgent post is required because online, something can be there one minute and  gone the next. So while scouring the net yesterday I came across something about a Topman sale. I searched under Topman/ shop SA and no website came up. Can youbelieve it? No website for Topman/ shop SA. I am incredulous. In any case, I proceeded to the Topman international site and I found some really interesting pieces. Most of the clothes offered by Topman/ shop are not up to my taste, however, these six listed items get my stamp of approval.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Style: Menswear At The Vodacom Durban July 2013


I really thought that this year's Vodacom Durban July was going to be rained out. The rain on Thursday was really foreboding and my thoughts were about what how the day's proccedings would play out with the rain literally raining on the parade. Saturday morning was a different story and I really felt like I was at this year's event in spirit. One thing that never disappoints with the July is the fashion. It is a definite free for all. There is a dress code, however, come as you are seems to be the prevailing thought. One thing you have to understand is that the July caters for people on different levels. You have people who are there for the atmosphere, some are there to network, others are there for the fashion, others are to party (read sozzled), others to picnic, some to be star struck, others to do with business, to schmooze and rub shoulders with businessmen and captains of industry, others gatecrash, and finally others are there to bet on the horses and nothing else. So for all of these factors I really don't blame people for coming dressed the way they did. While watching the introduction of the jockeys before the main race, I happened to catch a glimpse of a particular gentleman wearing full morning dress in light grey including a top hat; I tip my hat off to him.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cut 'n Sew: A Tight Seat



Menswear is about sartorial presentation. True sartorial enthusiasts and experts, however, know menswear to be about the details. The fit of a shirt, the length of the pants, the type of shoulder, and whether something is machine or hand sewn. All these factors work in concert to culminate in the most perfect of sartorial expressions. I’ve come to find that gentlemen who pick at their clothes whilst wearing them are either: trying to hide some ‘imperfections’ because they are not happy with the overall outcome or they are preening. This has been the case when it comes to a few pairs of pants I have been enduring simply because I’ve had to endure them.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Brands: An Inside Look At The Tailor Shop


Two weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I decided to pay a visit to the Tailor Shop. The new premises in Montclair on Kenyon Howden road. I had made a brief stop during that week just to take a peak and also set up an appointment with the owner and head tailor, Vic Gobrie. This is definitely an upgrade from his other premises in Jacobs, especially, in terms of space. I almost didn't make it on the said Saturday because it looked like it was going to rain, as well as a light drizzle when I was preparing to go. When it was time to set off however, the overcast clouds, wind and drizzle had disipated somewhat. It was great to come to a fully operational Tailor Shop; not very busy which meant that Vic and I would get an opportunity to talk about his business and menswear in general.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Brands: Bresciani Socks


Nothing amazes me more than the turn-around-time/ waiting time around international deliveries. Really, the world is becoming flatter by the day. How a package can be sent from another continent and be delivered to your front door in less than five days is nothing short of amazing. So, it's rather befitting that, after a conversation on LinkedIn with Massimiliano Bresciani about possibly reviewing some of their socks, I received an invitation from him to get in touch.