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Derrick Mhlongo | Fashion as activism

Having entered the fashion industry as a model, Mr Derrick Mhlongo has gone on to build a huge reputation and a successful three-pronged fashion business out of a love and empathy for his people. MR SIPHIWE MPYE had a chat with him about ‘the industry’, pride, activism, mentorship and Iimbadada.  Noted Man (NM): In a…

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Laduma Ngxokolo Part II | Of inspiration and misappropriation

Laduma

Last week we published the first of a two-part interview with the designer Laduma Ngxokolo. Since then, his Maxhosa By Laduma shawl was voted the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at the recent Design Indaba. In our follow-up exclusive interview, he weighs in on the challenges of manufacturing and the scourge of misappropriation. Noted…

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A life of art and the city

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Five years ago, a couple found a treasure in old Johannesburg, with the convenience of being close to the city they loved, while nestled in the slow, quiet, tranquility of suburbia  All they had to do is make it their own. MR SIPHIWE MPYE paid a visit.  After living in the concrete sprawl of the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg…

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Laduma’s collaborative homecoming

Laduma Chivas Regal

After setting the design scene alight over five years ago with a fresh interpretation of his Xhosa heritage through knitwear, Mr Laduma Ngxokolo has gone on to exhibit and sell internationally. He has spent the last 18 months studying at London’s famed Central St Martins and returned home this week for a special collaboration at Design…

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#Fit40ZA | Football, illness, bacon and other crises.

5-a-side football field

After a week of nutritional and health setbacks on his road to holistic wellness, MR SIPHIWE MPYE finds solace in his rekindled love affair with the always frantic world of 5-a-side football.   The bad news first: I fell, I fell hard this week, in my quest for the body fit and beautiful, chalking up…

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#Fit40ZA | Your year, your body, your move.

excercise fitness

Staring down the barrel of complacency and the big 40, MR SIPHIWE MPYE has rebooted his health and fitness regime, and in doing so, hopes to change his life forever. As we headed into December 2015, I had an inkling that my festive season diet would not be one that the ‘eat clean, train dirty’ crowd…

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Allen Coleman’s all-in creativity

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has a bad thing to say about the creative, aesthete and gentleman, Mr Allen Coleman. The Ghanaian photographer and erstwhile Freshwallstreet blogger was in South Africa recently and every second person MR SIPHIWE MPYE came across insisted that he was a noted.man. They were right.    Noted Man…

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Sobukwe’s uneasy sleep

Robert Sobukwe

  As we observe what would have been Pan Africanist Congress of Azania founding President Robert Sobukwe’s 91st birthday, MR SIPHIWE MPYE writes him a note on the state of his beloved Azania. Dear Prof. “We are witnesses today of cold and calculated brutality and bestiality, the desperate attempts of a dying generation to stay…

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Editorial | a noted.man takes his place*

Noted man contributors

Welcome to noted.man, a destination founded on ongoing conversations with gentlemen on the African continent and the Diaspora. These conversations regularly unpack masculinities, identity, society, art, culture, style and the political economy. While we are launching as a multimedia platform based in South Africa, we consider ourselves very much a Pan-African lifestyle brand. Because of my…

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