Tips from business school: Learn to think strategically

The concept ‘strategic thinking’ brings to mind an image of the game of chess. When playing, the aim is to outwit your opponent by making calculated moves. Moves characterised by having an awareness of what you have available in your arsenal, taking action and pre-empting the direction your opponent is likely to take next. To be good at chess you need to have knowledge of … Continue reading Tips from business school: Learn to think strategically

Dare to say, IamWinnieMandela

(I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that) I didn’t know much about Winnie Mandela, besides the fact that she was married to our first black president and world-renowned struggle activist, Mr. Nelson Mandela. She passed away two weeks ago and little by little, I am discovering more  about this iconic example of what it is to be human. The kind of human that inspires greatness … Continue reading Dare to say, IamWinnieMandela

Style Report: KingThaDay with Thandiswa Mazwai

“She is the leader of the past which is now the future” – Hugh Masekela on Thandiswa Mazwai My very first article posted on offthetar.com was titled “What defines a trendsetter?” and Thandiswa Mazwai was someone I referred to as an example of one. This view remains unchanged and especially more so since I attended her birthday concert – King Tha Day. This event was … Continue reading Style Report: KingThaDay with Thandiswa Mazwai

Black Panther’s got me outchea drippin’ in finesse…

Last year I attended the Faku’gesi Beats Bloc Party in Braam’ and was awe-struck by two guys who wore a look emulating Raiden – a character from the video game Mortal Kombat. I loved how they incorporated the traditional Sotho hat into their ensemble and the addition of a mask made of patterned fabric. I could not resist recreating this otherworldly, “Japanese-esque” look! Raiden is … Continue reading Black Panther’s got me outchea drippin’ in finesse…

You’re a creative wanting to make a living? Learn from your customer community

You’re a creative wanting to make a living? This is possible if you take note of your current and/or prospective customer community.  Community is defined as “the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common” according to the dictionary (or a Google search). Community is synonymous with the words identity and belonging. There is a specific set of characteristics that sets apart … Continue reading You’re a creative wanting to make a living? Learn from your customer community

How a Business Model is more relevant than a Super Model for your fashion business

The Kylie Jenner’s and Cara Delevingne’s have  got nothing on the Naomi Campbell’s and Tyra Banks’s and the Naomi’s and Tyra’s have got nothing on the Business Model. This is especially true in the context of being a fashion business owner. What is a business model and why is it even relevant? Architects build models before they go about erecting property in order to visualize … Continue reading How a Business Model is more relevant than a Super Model for your fashion business

The struggle of getting dressed without a F-L mirror…

When someone is passionate about something, they’re driven to explore a range of different options in the said area that they share a love for. As an example, a chef loves to experiment with different flavours and new combinations and the same can be said for a musician (who’d likely listen to and find inspiration in varied genres) and even a scientist will test a … Continue reading The struggle of getting dressed without a F-L mirror…