A fast fact about our country that almost all South Africans are familiar with is that there are 11 official languages – a mirror of the variety of cultures that our people represent. Amongst the lesser known cultures, for me at least, is that of Tsonga. I don’t think I’ve met a Tsonga person as yet, except for recently and in a virtual setting – … Continue reading Did you know: Tsonga rap, Sho Madjozi or Huku?
What I love about Erykah Badu I’ve always been drawn to the music of Ms. Erykah Badu. The imagery coupled with her music intensified this level of attraction for me. What she represented was different, somewhat spiritual yet at the same time very real. She seemed grounded and true to her unique self. Listening to the lyrics makes her music even more enchanting. Her … Continue reading What I love about Erykah, Street Art, Naked Ape and Stitch & Steel
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
(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
“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
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…
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
Ever experienced that frustrating moment during shopping when you simply cannot find what you’re searching for? You end up going from store to store in what seems to be a desert made up of every item except the one thing you need or want. I’ve experienced this phenomenon one too many times and I’m sure I’m not the only one. As a fashion business owner, … Continue reading Is your fashion store a hit or a miss?
My summer ’16 started out in the concrete jungle of Jozi, where I relocated to for a new job. By the time summer holidays came around, I was super-excited to return home to the scenic coastal city of Port Elizabeth and spend some much needed quality time with family, friends and of course THE BEACH. I needed (more like wanted) a new bikini and dragged … Continue reading Here’s how fashion-lovers shop and why you should care as a fashion business owner
Local fashion designers often complain that South Africans do not support local fashion and would rather opt for luxury international brands such as Louis Vuitton once they’ve ‘made it’. On the other end of the scale, there’s also an increasing amount of competition from popular fashion brands such as H&M, Cotton ON and Zara which offer cheaper stylish options that locals rush to get at every chance … Continue reading Struggling to find loyal customers as a local designer?