Friday, 2 February 2018

Sneaker Lab - Johannesburg Flagship Store

On the 1st of February, Johannesburg opened it's doors to the first and only Sneaker LAB store in South Africa. Hosted by MKay Frash of Hunting For Kicks, the night allowed us to walk in, see the store and get a shoe shine as well.

Established in 2012, Sneaker LAB is an environmentally friendly biotech driven premium shoe care brand. Six years later and the first flagship store opens in Johannesburg. The store offers various options from a quick fix wash to what I would call a sneaker valet.

The night offered it's guests a cleaning service which also served as a lesson into how to clean your sneakers with the customised deluxe cleaning set. Cape Town illustrator PJ Offner did a custom jobs on the deluxe cleaning sets which were handed out to guests.

I am very skeptical about cleaning sneakers because one I don't know what to clean them with and two I am scared that I will alter the look of the sneaker. The staff are very well knowledgeable and do a very good job at teaching you how to clean your own sneaker depending on the fabric it is made from.

Besides a cleaning service and a look into the store, the night also had a sneaker raffle, the winner won a pair of Asics. A Hunting For Kicks episode was also filmed with SA DJ and producer Speedsta.

Speedsta and Mkay Frash
Myself and MK
Siseko Dunywa
Be sure to visit the store if you need a quick clean or a full valet. The address is 70 Juta Street Braamfontein. If you can't make your way through to Braamfontein be sure to buy the products online at

All products are water-based, readily biodegradable and the package is also suitable for recycling.

Saturday, 20 January 2018


I spent about three months looking for a Kufi. I looked on the internet and within the streets of Johannesburg and Cape Town. A Kufi which usually worn by men in West Africa and symbolises elderly or religious status within communities.

My search was very unsuccessful as I did not have dollars and time to wait for an online purchase and when I did eventually find a few in Johannesburg and Cape Town the price was out of my budget. Everyone told me to just make one myself as it seems quite simple ... this is when you insert a laugh.

This hat has been one of the most difficult things I have made in my short sewing life. I would rather sew fur for the rest of my life then go through the stress of trying to sew a circle onto a straight line. The first hat I made absolutely flopped but I guess practice makes perfect. I eventually came out with three very ill shaped hats but I'm getting there.

The plus side about making kufis is that I don't have to throw away all my fabric off cuts and further contribute to the waste problem we face. I mean I still give away a lot of off cuts but at least now I can still make a profit my the all the fabric.

Because I plan to sell a few of these this year I called my sister and brother and let them know that they would be modelling when I arrive in Cape Town. It's the first time my brother has ever modelled for me but he was a vital part of the shoot as men mostly ask me for the hat.

I won't lie, the photo shoot was a lot more fun than making the hats even though the camera battery started to die before the first photograph was even taken. Of course the charger was left behind in Johannesburg.

If you do want to purchase a hat please do e-mail me but also please give me at least 1 month to perfect my technique. I wouldn't want you to walk around in a lob sided hat.

A big thank you to my brother and sister (Nqoyi and Thozama) for modelling as well as my mother for taking the photographs and bearing with my creative direction.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Fisheye Roll 4

Fisheye Roll 3

I decided to try my hand at black and white film with the fisheye. Can't say I love all the photographs but there are a few gems. However definitely going back to colour images.

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