MJ AND STUFF Item Of The Day Radley London Backpack

Throw me in a universe where backpacks are not a thing and watch me loosing what’s left of my mind. It keeps getting better and today my obsession is fed by Radley London’s Maltby Street backpack in retro red.

Radley London Maltby_Street bagpack MJ AND STUFF

I simply must confess though; for a person who deliberately chooses to not see the world as only black or white –even though I do love few things quite as well as that monochromatic Palse Homme check-board check blazer from a couple of seasons ago, I have been a tad too exacting with the belief that backpacks should never ever be messed with. I love all (most) types of bags and am open to newer interesting shapes and stuff, just not the legend knapsack that should be slung behind one’s shoulder blades with the (sensible) option of flinging two straps over and under one’s arms. I write this as a fashionpolitan unbiased and transformed.

Still keeping with the brand’s perfect blend of creative design, quality materials and immaculate craftsmanship; this backpack has me catching serious feelings. Straight out of the Radley London’s most recent A/W collection, the Malty Street features the supple Langton leather for a nonchalant vintage feel that only gets better with age.

Sold! My Item Of Today!



South African Fashion Week Autum-Winter 2014 MJ AND STUFF Menswear designers

Remember when I wore a light velvet cape on Day 2 of South African Fashion Week, as part of my black-on-black-on-black uniform? Yeah, it turns out it that my little attempt to “pilot” the trend on a street style level boderlined on a childsplay vibe (modest much?). On the very runway; a selection of menswear designers showcased a novel direction to which menfolk should approach an adoption of the trend. I am talking bold, lager than large shoulder lines steering the future into a significant high fashion leeway.




I think if I continue raving about my OBSESSION with Roman Handt’s thrilling headspace, a part of me should just crystallize and stand the test of time #YeahIsiadIt. Every single show of his eradicates my conventional ideology and leaves me wobbling about with a fresh perspective on EVERYTHING!!! His recent Autumn-Winter 2014 collection proved once again, why I believe in unapologetic innovation. I especially developed a strong crush on structured pieces designed to adorn shoulders. The reaction from attendees suggested a very clear look far into the future (tech and all) and I found that in equal parts; Roman Handt celebrated manform from an era before, an era when strength had a resting space atop a man’s shoulder blades.




Paledi Segapo’s design motif for the coming cooler seasons indicated a complete shift from the previous season’s Luxe take. From my understanding, his references echoed tales of an 18th Century vampire legend –hence the moody colour palette, rich fabric textures and so much strength across shoulders. The collection is aptly called “Evil Is A Perception” and I took from it, an age-old symbol of masculine pride post combat. Well, vampires’ vs werewolves in this regard. Male model; Manyano walked the ramp draped in a faux fur shawl atop a panelled velvet suit, signalling a stylish triumph. Now that is a man who wears his pride on his shoulders.




FACT: Sheldon Kopman knows and understands clothes very well.  Recent attestation is all over his A/W 2014 collection for Naked Ape which personified a man of great style in every manner imaginable. His ability to intersect traditional tailoring and street style elements is commendable and keeps marking anticipation boxes, season in and season out. Great precision was clearly considered when producing this collection and I think the brand’s signature BaSotho wrap blanket keeps undergoing innovative upgrades. This season saw the wrap cropped up front with a functioning out-stitched zip-up detail, handsomely folding in the two tonal creation, engulfing one’s shoulders and resulting in a chic global silhouette.

It’s been decided; next season shall be all about manly shoulders.

Photos by SDR excluding the lead




EXTRA-EXTRA, Fashion all about it. Nothing beats a setup offering an extensive variety of household designer names. NEU pop-up boutique operates at the legendary Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct every Sunday until December 2013. The marvellous hub will also be open for the Market on Main Night Market on the first Thursday of each month. Another cool factor is that this boutique is also available for shopping parties by appointment. How rad!?



Fashion’s sustainability depends on so many constituents. Some of the industry’s thrive points involve sensible planning, a clear goal and grand implementation. I am beyond excited to witness the second annual Durban Fashion Fair happening this week because it is in part, a perfect paradigm of a brilliant outcome if and when an industry is enthusiastically nurtured. Ethekwini Municipality’s Business Support, Tourism & Markets Unit have done a stellar job committing to the small, medium and micro enterprises within the Durban region. Sagaciously, the gov chose to offer a great platform to designers across levels. This four-day-long fair will host young designers, emerging designers(who got to travel to Italy on a learnership earlier in the year), Durban born established designers and come of the country’s finest fashion masters. The minucipality has also invited Top international designers to come and showcase on the same stage too. I will be there, for every single show. Be certain to follow my instant tweets from the front row and reviews right here. See the designer shows lineup below. Durban Fashion Fair 2013 MJ AND STUFF PROGRAMME




May the fashion gods please keep beam in whatever direction Paledi Segapo aims for. I have been waiting for months to blog about this beautiful wave of optimism and growth on the local menswear front; I’m literally smiling from ear to ear as I type this. You see, I have always spotted at least one piece from Palse Homme’s runway collections and made sure to let the head designer know just how I would tweak it to fit into my walk-in. This seasonal “run through” did not only shift completely during South African Fashion Week’s Spring-Summer 2013 presentations, I fell so deep in it, I couldn’t even express my excitement to anybody. Not one person! This particular collection verified the power of persistence in this industry. For the first time since Paledi’s efforts as a showcasing solo designer, I WANT EVERY SINGLE item as paraded in an instillation style and curated by Aubrey Boshoga. The collective theme was an elevation of orientalism to fit a wide array of style requirements. In parts, this was expressed in fluid tailoring and such specific attention to details, some minor (yet very impactful) and some distinctly large, even for the non-fashion eye. I am beyond thrilled for the brand and from what I hear; Palse Homme has recently fuelled major delight vibes at Durban’s Fashion by the Sea. Now first, I simply must adopt that endearing pair of diagonally pleated ¾ pants.


Detail Mania

Detail Mania

#SAFW Winter 2013 –ABOUT A BOY!

Lawd have mercy, since the wrap of the recent South African Fashion Week Winter 2013 shows, I have been spreading the gospel about the secure future of menswear in this country. Never have I attended a fashion presentation abuzz with such grand sanguinity and honey, I took it to Twitter, facebook, garbled about it in between shows and told tales at every dinner party since. Now it’s your turn to know about it too. Dear tasteful ladies and equally chic gentlemen, I present to thee, how I received Menswear trends for the net winter.

The way I see it, Zano Sithetho set the tone when his brand SKORZCH won SA Fashiom Week’s New Talent Search with Renault. It is very rare for a menswear label to win these coveted young designer searches. His collection represented all things young-at-heart, spirited and very elegant, which make up the direction very necessary for the current man of style. I love how his exquisite tailoring was met with great styling. That blue cowl neck pull-over… MINE!

Still showcased as part of the SA Fashion Week’s New Talent Search, Cindy-Leigh Armstrong’s EB+AM label caught my eye with a beautiful usage of tonal layering basing everything on my favourite tint of the moment: GREY. Her collection was an intersection between earthy and futuristic sans the usual cheesiness. I die for the almost-down-to-the-navel draped t-shirt and that sexy oversized mullet shirt.

House of Olѐ did to my heart what only my dreams express so very well. The very timeless gentleman is once again assured his spot in sartorial reference. I mean, how insanely handsome are these wide-leg pants with a nipped waist? How could any living man not appreciate how Olѐ assures a waistband right on the waistline?

Often comes a designer label with such great hype that even people who do not seem to care too much about the ongoing within the fashion industry, know about. Such is the case with Palse Homme showcasing for the third time on the SA Fashion Week runway, the well attended show demonstrated just how to introduce the plaids into the next winter wardrobe. Dusted berry tones are all the way.

Andrew Clarke’s newest Mzantsi label set out to reveal exactly what he promised. A sexy celebration of urban youth culture and urban street fashion. Mzantsi is what happens when one brilliant creative sensibly thinks about the future. Sculptural, fitted, monochromatic and a great breath of fresh air. I just love it when a designer takes it to the edge and able to serve all kinds of menfolk.

Shaldon Kopman brings it hard every season. For a man who has worked in different spheres of the industry, it only makes sense that he has come full circle and taking the baton to lead the local menswear. Naked Ape takes pride in producing brilliant multifunctional collections and the next winter shall be all about usage of strong fabrics and zippers as the ultimate detail. Man, oh man!

Andrѐ Martin’s return to the runway was the one we (fashion people) were looking forward to, the most. Not only was this come back supposed to reassure us that one of the labels which played a supreme role in local fashion industry’s stance, we anticipated growth. His winter 2013 range was all that and then some. He just went and stamped in the necessity of sports-luxe. Welcome back oh dear Andrѐ.

A few designers have the gift of always keeping it exciting. Roman Handt’s designs are seem to always stay true to escalating the evolution of the modern man and the role he plays in contemporary sexuality. I admire how one season he could slap the reality out of anything resembling the norm and the next he serves us masterful deconstruction.  Roman Handt’s winter 2013 is all about breathing novelty into a black basis and injecting the very on-trend neon green elements to appeal to both the wearer and the naked eye.

To round-up modish manisms (yes. I have just made that one up. I don’t really know why, but I did) Ephraim Molingoane stunned onlookers by showing us just how he has managed to keep his brand alive and relevant season in and season out. Ephymol left me in admiration with a stunningly constructed line of items I want so very much for next winter. Words fail me when I brag about this label because each garment boasted rich texture and shapes that assured me of a secure future.

Darn it! I love being a man with options for the next season. Dearest menfolk, a spectacular winter awaits us!

*all show images curtesy of SDR Photos.