It all happened so fast. One day I was being introduced to him and the next I was shooting with GQ Man of the year, Menzi Mcunu.
My trip to Cape Town was meant to be purely holiday but I have come to realize that as a travel blogger, I can never truly be on holiday. I mean the whole purpose of traveling is to create content and share a thought or two about the places and people you come across, right? Lol
I can categorically say that very little gives me more pleasure when traveling than linking up with other creatives to collaborate. The buzz it gives me is next to none. The whole of Cape Town is filled with picturesque locations which makes it a blogger dream city. So, when Menzi reached out to me a day before to say he was arranging a shoot, I was so on it. All I had to do was show up and smile for the camera.
We got in a taxi and headed to parliament street where we were meant to meet Menzi. In true gentleman style, Menzi made me feel welcomed the minute we shook hands. The Cobra sports car literally arrived 5 minutes after we got there and it was shoot time. Menzi had organized the whole shoot from picking a location to hiring a photographer. It was so much fun from start to end.
Check out the looks below
Suit – Afrocentric gentleman
Shoes – Dune London
Tie – Vintage Christian Dior
Shirt – Zara
Scarf – Thrifted
Watch – IWC
Umbrella – Pasotti
Jacket – Saran Kholi Label
Trouser – Suit Supply
Shirt – Hawkins and Sheppard
Tie – Boggi
Shades – Garrett Leight
Loafers – Moreschi (Russel and Bromley)
Photography – Visual | Car – Cobra SA
Yanga Yaya Madlala is a Cape Town based performing artist and creative. He is one of those people I refer to as the new voice and face of the South African creative industry. I have been a huge fan of South African creativity in the form of music, fashion, and arts and culture for some time now.
During our first meeting in March when I was in Cape Town, I couldn’t wait to tell Yanga how inspired I am with young South Africans like himself and a few others. The likes of Trevor Stuurman, Kwena Baloyi, and the founding members of I see a different you have always made me curious, to say the least. The imagery always tells a compelling and authentic story of their own. They present their life and culture in such a way that it sometimes forces me to dig out my authentic self. Trevor recently worked with supermodel Naomi Campbel through Arise Africa which in itself show the level of creativity of this young South Africans I speak of.
Anyway, back to my story. When Yanga and I decided to do a shoot together, we had no idea the form the shoot should take. We had no theme nor concept but we knew we wanted to create something. I knew his fashion style was different to Continue reading Fashion as an art form Cuts for Him meets Yanga Madlala
I was disheartened when I first learned about the water shortage in Cape Town. The city is on the brink of a drought known as the worst in its history. The situation is so acute that authorities have put a date when taps will all but run dry and it is locally known as “Day Zero”. Whilst in Cape Town, Day Zero was expected in the second week of July which is a stark reminder for a visitor like myself never to take such a precious resource for granted.
To help push back day zero, local authorities have encouraged citizens to use no more than 50 liters a day per person. To think that one of my favorite cities in the world will go without water come Day Zero was enough reason to inspire this shoot.
I stand in solidarity with the people of Cape Town during this difficult period.
Continue reading I stand with Cape Town – Push back Day Zero | Cuts for Him
What we know today as the Beret was called felt hat hundreds of years ago. Yes, the Beret has been around that long. In fact, according to fashion historians, the Beret has been around for millennia.
This disc-like shaped headgear made of wool and worn by anyone wanting to look like an artist, a revolutionary or simply wanting to keep warm, looked nothing like its original form. It is said that the beret (then called felt) is a crossbreed between the floppy Petasos hat and the cone-shaped Pileos hat. Yeah, that’s right, I had to google both these hats to see how they looked like. Judging from their shapes, I wouldn’t argue against fashion historians. At the time, this headgear was made from felt as it was simple and cheap material to use.
The 14th and 15th centuries saw the hat been worn in Europe by farmers and artists alike. At the time, the felt was very Continue reading From peasant to stylish hat & everything in-between, a Beret’s journey | Cuts for Him