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Of life and the road well-travelled

The comedian Mr Ntobeko Madlingozi (NM) and our editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye (SM) have been friends for over 25 years. They met for lunch in Johannesburg recently – following Madlingozi’s one-man show, SoberSex, in Cape Town – after not seeing each other for a few months. This is the first excerpt from their conversation, about…

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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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The Makers # 2 | Atelier MCC

Several years ago, the gatekeepers wouldn’t allow MR TEBELLO ‘TIBZ’ MOTSOANE through the door, but in no time he had muscled his way into Jo’burg nightlife’s premier league, promoting parties, and making marginal brands cool. He went on to open his own nightclub, secured a stake in a street wear brand and turned a little…

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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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Pilates | A life changing practice

After kicking his smoking habit, unintended consequences for his back forced Mr Kgosi Moncho to seek a new exercise practice that would change his life’s trajectory forever. This is a story about adaptation and embracing change for your holistic wellbeing. In his own words…   My name is Kgosi Moncho, a 43 year-old, a South…

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The art of champagne

It is officially art season and earlier this week, Perrier-Jouët hosted an intimate dinner at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, in honour of artists Mr Bambolwami Sibiya and Mr David Koloane. Although Mr Koloane’s ill-health kept him away, Mr Sibiya shared his ascent in the art world, with plenty of insider anecdotes to keep the guests…

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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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Grooming Routine | The Fashion Buyer

You may be a no fuss guy (as in minimal, not just soap and water) or a product hoarder with a 10-step routine, we want to hear all about it. In our second piece in this series, we get the inside scoop on Fashion Buyer Mr Teboho Pheko’s current grooming regimen. Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap: My…

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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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