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Sneaker Exchange Returns To Joburg!

Africa’s largest sneaker trading event is bringing the sneaker fest back in Johannesburg on Saturday, 4 November 2017 at Carfax, Newtown from 11 AM to 7 PM.

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They’ve just returned from a successful event in Cape Town on Saturday, October 27th.

Africa’s largest sneaker trading event is bringing the sneaker fest back in Johannesburg on  Saturday, 4 November 2017 at Carfax, Newtown from 11 AM to 7 PM.

Sneaker Exchange JHB

Self-respecting sneakerheads come to the cool shindy to buy, sell or trade sneaker. And having been to every one of the JHB events for a couple of years, we can tell you there’s so much to do should you decide to come out and mingle.

In addition to locally produced, commercially arcane apparel and footwear, there are live performances, a great vibe and a network full of style aesthetes and creatives. The event will also play host to local fashion labels, big-name brand activations, food vendors, live sneaker customisation, as well as a barber on site.

Sneaker Exchange JHB

Taking on the stage this time are the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Youngsta CPT, J.Molley, Nadia Nakai and Frank Casino. Local DJs in attendance are noted as being DJ Capital, JJ Fresh and Lord Veezus.

Sneaker Exchange (SXC) boasts close to 3,000 attendees per event in city centres such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and includes a live music experience.

Sneaker Exchange JHB

Founder and Co-Director of SXC, Zaid Osman, is one of South Africa’s most notable sneaker collectors and
aficionados. Having spent his formative years growing up in the United States of America, Osman brought with him not only a great love for sneakers but also ideas on how to build the sneaker culture in South Africa.

Pre-sale tickets are available online for R80 per person, and R100 at the door.

The inaugural SXC event in 2013 had very humble beginnings. The event saw a few dozen die-hard sneaker collectors and aficionados in attendance at a coffee shop in Woodstock, Cape Town. Since then the event has grown exponentially year-on- year in multiple cities, and has even been commissioned to curate sneaker exhibits across Africa with more being planned for the near
future.

SXC offers not only die-hard sneaker collectors (also known as OGs or Originals Gangsters) the rare opportunity to see limited edition or exclusive sneaker designs first hand, but it also gives sneaker traders the opportunity to either trade in or sell their near-mint condition footwear to likeminded individuals. The event isn’t only for the solemnly devoted sneaker lover though: “The whole premise of the event is that it’s about sharing the love of a culture few people know about or understand,” says Osman. “I created this event so that I could share my passion for sneakers with others and so we welcome anyone and everyone to Sneaker Exchange.”

SXC has traditionally been the ideal platform for local and global sneaker brands to showcase their latest designs and activate consumer-facing campaigns. However, Osman ensures that wherever SXC events are held that local apparel and footwear brands are offered the opportunity to

showcase and sell their designs, too. “There’s no denying that big-name and global brands will always hold a certain appeal, but it’s time South Africa rallies behind and supports local designers just as passionately,” adds co-Director of SXC, Tebogo Mogola who joined forces with Osman in 2015. An avid sneaker collector himself, Joburg-based Mogola shares not only Osman’s passion for designer sneakers but also works in the entertainment industry; giving him the perfect credentials as a business partner.

SXC is an authentic platform and a perfect representation of South African street culture. Zaid and Tebogo are both die-hard sneaker fans who genuinely love what they do. Apart from the exchanging of sneakers, the live music experience on offer allows patrons to enjoy the very best of the local talent South Africa has on offer. The energy from the artists that perform at the event is energetic and part of the success. SXC events have provided some of the best in local entertainment.

In the past, SXC has hosted performances by the likes of award-winning AKA, Da.Les, Riky Rick, Reason, Nomuzi “Moozlie”, Stilo Magolide, Mashayabhuque and Nasty C.

Pre-sale tickets are available online for R80 per person, and R100 at the door.


Photo Credit: Facebook/SneakerExchange

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Khanya Mkangisa and Nick Soul To Dish Showbiz Tips At Looming PUMA Shindig

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For their final Select X Stories of the year, PUMA will host a Q&A couch session with Nicholas Nkuna AKA “Nick Soul” and Khanya Mkangisa from 11 am on Saturday 17th November at the SELECT Courtyard in Braamfontein.

This event is titled “The Actors”, and the conversation topic will cover the showbiz and acting industry.

Hailing from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Nick Soul was catapulted onto the world stage when he was cast as ‘Simba’ in The Lion King in 2012 and he’s also known for his role in SABC1’s TV series Skeem Saam. Actress and television presenter Khanya Mkangisa made her debut at the age of 14 as a youth show presenter on YOTV and has been on the rise ever since.

The Select X Stories is a series of knowledge-sharing events celebrating street culture, art, media and music, as hosted by local creative legend Mpumelelo ‘Frypan’ Mfula. Engage with industry leaders, game-changing artists and disruptive trailblazers in an intimate Q&A couch session – past speakers include Thithi Nteta, Nomzamo Mbatha, Fumani Mthembi, Amaru da Costa and Theresho Selesho.

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A Capsule To Support Women Through Their Workouts Is Here

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adidas has introduced a capsule fitness collection designed to support women from sunrise yoga to happy hour HIIT and all the moments in between.

Inspired by adidas’ global network of female athletes, the Statement Collection offers stand-out looks curated for women who take a diverse approach to training and demand performance wear as versatile as they are.

Adidas statement collection

More than 15 complimentary pieces feature in the collection – including bras, tights, jackets, footwear and accessories, which come together to inspire bold training looks from street to studio. Floral camo and geometric prints inspired by Stella McCartney feature dynamic designs and cooling fabrics for maximum style and performance, whatever the workout.

Adidas statement collection

The Statement Collection is built around adidas’ three sports bras “All Me”, “Don’t Rest” and “Stronger For It”. Each is engineered to support a range of different body types and training activities, from low to high intensity.

ALL ME BRA

  • Perfect support for smaller cup sizes
  • Go-to for comfort & freedom of movement
  • Different strap styles and removable padding to keep athletes covered and dry

DON’T REST BRA

  • Mid-level compression supports up to C cup bra sizes
  • Anti-bounce support delivers a secure feel
  • Classic, athletic racerback silhouette

STRONGER FOR IT BRA

  • High-level support system also for large cup bra sizes
  • Built-in shape limits bounce during athlete’s hardest workouts
  • Adjustable and convertible straps for customized styling

The curation of the collection was inspired by Dua Lipa, Karlie Kloss, Shay Mitchell, Hannah Bronfman and Garbiñe Muguruza. As women who take different approaches to working up a sweat, their insights and ideas informed a versatile selection of statement pieces which come together as a distinctive workout wardrobe designed to unleash creativity.

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Inside Gert-Johan Coetzee’s ‘Recession Proof’ Ready To Wear Autumn ’19 Collection

Top South African designer Gert-Johan Coetzee is bringing high fashion chic garb for style lovers navigating life during tough economic conditions.

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It’s common sense that when money is tight, people tighten their belts and cut down on luxuries. And with more petrol price increases looming and a technical recession making everyone nervous, it is a hard time to be selling luxury goods… or is it?

For designer Gert-Johan Coetzee, taking the economy in his stride – even poking gentle fun at money worries –  is a business challenge that he is relishing. In his new Autumn Winter 2019 Collection that is showcasing at SA Fashion Week, the focus is on more affordable ready to wear, but also a brand-new line of menswear, including underwear and swimwear.

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

“There might be economic reasons to be gloomy, but there is no time like a downturn to really sharpen your focus and identify the things that are most important in your business…and the reality is that people still want to feel good, and look good, even when their budget shrinks,” said Coetzee.

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

“With this collection we have thought carefully about new product categories, and while our elaborate showstopping red-carpet and bridal gowns will always be our greatest joy, we can bring the designer touch within more people’s reach with our ready-to-wear Gert line, and by targeting male clients, with suits but also with smaller luxury items such as the beautiful new Gert men’s underwear.”

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

Photo by Aart Verrips

Coetzee has had a year of milestones, starting with his 30th birthday last November. His passion for education and empowering the next generation got a shot in the arm this year with his role as the mentor on South Africa’s first season of Project Runway, where his expertise and fair, good-natured input kept the frazzled contestants on track to produce their best work.

His own bursary programme runs in collaboration with the Northwest School of Design, is now in its eighth year, and two new students will be chosen next month to start their fashion studies free of charge next year.

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

The students in the programme are all personally mentored by Coetzee. “I am absolutely committed to pass on the knowledge that I have gained, because I want a South African fashion industry full of skilled, passionate designers who can make a living doing what they love, like me.” He is dedicating this new AW19 collection to his bursary students, some of whom will be working behind the scenes at SAFW getting his new collection on the ramp, and, he says, it is about having faith in the future of the industry and the power of education.

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

Investing in a menswear range has already paid off for Coetzee, who has been able to say yes when asked to dress Beyoncé’s father Dr Mathew Knowles and his wife Gena Knowles for a number of events in the past week. The couple was in South Africa to promote Knowles’s new book The Emancipation of Slaves Through Music.

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

Photo by Aart Verrips

The influential music mogul hosted the African Leaders 4 Change Awards,and was a guest judge on the music talent show Idols South Africa. In between, he also managed to address the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and finally, attend the glamorous opening party for South African Fashion Week hosted by Cruz Vodka.

His and hers looks from South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee's 'recession-proof' winter/autumn collection

Photo by Aart Verrips

Coetzee’s new AW19 Collection is inspired by his travels, his love for Italian style as personified by the luxury of Ferrari, and he has built on his previous collection for McDonald’s by further exploring pop iconography. In addition to his trademark red-carpet showstoppers and the new menswear range, fans can expect playful references to stop signs and other road markings – “STOP worrying about the recession,” Coetzee quips.

The Gert-Johan Coetzee AW19 showcase took place at SA Fashion Week on Thursday 25 October, at the Protea Court Rooftop at Sandton City

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