Converse launches CONS Project Joburg

A few years back, Converse SA started driving creative footwear and some of my favourite ranges include The Simpsons and street art-inspired designs.

This week, they announced the local leg of a globally successful creative drive, the CONS Project Joburg. This community projects was designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through music, art, style and skate.

The project seeks to unearth urban creativity within the community using the space as a creative hub for a series of talks, workshops and exhibitions; all aimed at inspiring young people, giving them opportunities to learn whilst fueling their creative passions.

The workshops will offer hands-on lessons for local youth ranging from 16 and above at no cost.

DJ Duo, Mary Jane, who will put together a Mixing Workshop and entertaining the crowds, feel inspired by the project. “Converse and more specifically CONS feel like a natural extension of who we are. They are about modern street culture and stand out for enabling creativity.”

 CONS Project Joburg is set to take place at the corner of Melle and Jorissen Street in Braamfontein from 29 May to 1 June 2014.

For more info, check out @Converse_Africa on Twitter or follow the converstion  #ConsProjectJHB.

 The workshops over the four days include:

Cons Project



Fashion Rewind

I should’ve known that it was only matter of time before the 80’s peaked its bouncy, colourful head into the runways and into our stores. Fashion always repeats but sometimes, in a much better, bolder fashion.

I received a sneak peak of Lyle & Scott’s Summer Season 2013 (SS13) Vintage collection and I’m happy to report that the items are VERY wearable. The fashonistas behind the “Golden Hawk”, have drawn inspiration from the British Youth “Casuals” Culture during the mid 80’s – a time influenced by the energy, style and attitude. I was also, just a toddler so I can barely remember what was hot or not. This now provides me with sort of clean slate and I can go absolutely mad with 80’s fashion.

Lyle & Scott only entered the South African market last year and so far it has not disappointed mostly because of the brand’s reputation for quality and craftsmanship but more so because of the their clothes being fun and preppy that oozes that cool, calm and collected British charm.

Key pieces pay homage to the ‘Casuals’ era and include lightweight colour blocked parkas, bold striped polo’s and flecked jacquard knits.

The New collection is dived into three themes:

3D Knitwear: Their iconic and well-crafted jumpers take on chunky cables and different textures geared for spring in lightweight Pima Cotton.

Classic British Sportswear: The Classic British Sportswear have been a given a new twist. Stripes and colour blocking will yet again dominate summer.

Summer Pastels: Clever ideas for clever shoppers like me; I buy items and colours with a long shelf life and this is why this is my favourite theme from the collection. The pastels are subtle yet vibrant and can be paired with anything. The palette consists of bold primary colours of Windsor Blue, Fern Green, Spectra Yellow and Red which complement more vivid and sun bleached pastel shades of Rosette Pink, Light Blue and Pastel Yellow.

Standout items for me are the polo’s and colour blocked parkas. Have a look.