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A surprising take on Italian masculinity

Brand promises undelivered are no longer an anomaly in a hyper consuming society, but sometimes, the surprises that brands throw up unexpectedly, can be pleasant. A case in point, as  MR SIPHIWE MPYE found out, is the Salvatorre Ferragamo Uomo “Casual Life” fragrance.  The most significant thing to note about this fragrance is the surprisingly…

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Instant hydration for your skin

The warmer days and Jozi’s toxic air have presented some dry skin challenges that MR SIPHIWE MPYE decided, or, rather, was ‘prescribed’ a serum to rescue his skin and restore some vital moisture.  Recently, upon my return from an errand, my ever attentive wife – who is also our Grooming Editor – noticed that my skin…

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A rum to redeem the category

With the discovery of a relatively new drink, MR SIPHIWE MPYE exorcised his rum demons and found a surprising new favourite.   In my personal drinking history, rum has had a chequered history. The times I have been forced – for an array of reasons – to drink the stuff, I have behaved badly, smelled even…

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The great White T-shirt

When days are balmy, it doesn’t get simpler and more convenient than a crisp white T-shirt:  fitted in the tailored manner of the consummate dandy or the relaxed fit in the manner of hip-hop culture (but not the oversized and extra long version).  It is also not the passé deep V-neck cleavage show favoured by Euro…

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A fragrant, non-gendered philosophy

Even those of us who have learned not to trust too deeply the signs that the weather gods throw at us, signalling the advent of Spring, would admit to being excited by the prospects of longer, warmer days and, naturally, a new fragrance. We recommend Diptyque Philosykos.  Philosykos, in reference to philosopher Plato, means “friend…

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Appeasement, renewal and the ancestral realm

The photographer MS. THINA ZIBI took some time out to share with us the inspiration behind her solo show currently on display at the Agog Gallery in Johannesburg, exploring the ancestral realm, ritual and understanding. In her own words… Andindedwa is Xhosa term meaning I am not alone, and in this particular context it acknowledges…

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Ungovernable | Ayana V Jackson

Having opened “Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment” – her latest exhibition at Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg – last week, Ms. Ayana V. Jackson, the American artist with global tentacles, shares some thoughts on her childhood, black womanhood, her work and more. In her own words, as told to MR SIPHIWE MPYE. I am a Black American…

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Wisdom and shamanic beauty

The legendary bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Mr Ray Chikapa Phiri is no more. As he is remembered today at a memorial in his hometown of Neilspruit and will be laid to rest this weekend, our editor MR SIPHIWE MPYE remembers a wise master of metaphor and melody.      I marveled silently at the lush,…

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A cocoon of urban cool

When the urge or desperate need for a reboot sets in – for the sake of your energy levels, general health and sanity, you had better heed that call and press pause. MR SIPHIWE MPYE took a one night break from his daily madness and spent a night at a stylish urban cocoon that has…

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Growing a beard, unearthing lessons old and new

 MR SIPHIWE MPYE has been obsessed with facial hair since he barely had peach fuzz on his teenage chin. Over two decades later, he reflects on the two years he has patiently grown and nurtured a full beard, and the life lessons this odyssey has reinforced.  Even in my patchiest, earliest recollections, I can recall no clean shaven adult…

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