Noyo Closet Opens To African Fashion

Creative directors and friends, Nontando Mposo and Yolanda Matyolo are proud African women who not only love fashion, but who execute style in their daily work and play lives.

Seeing a gap in the market for functional, classic, on trend pieces in traditional African prints, journalist Nontando and town planner, Yolanda, found that the natural progression was for them to fill this gap in cultural aesthetics, and embark on this journey which has now manifested as Noyo Closet.

Sourcing fabric all over Africa, the prints Noyo Closet use include kente, ankara, shweshwe and kanga. Clients are encouraged to select the fabric of their choice and submit which design they would like the garment to be styled in, and Noyo Closet will take exact measurements, and spin their magic.

With a successful launch held in May, a notable presence in the media and at fashion events in Cape Town, most recently the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh Fashion Film Festival(where the team were given Style Africa’s Best Dressed nod!); Noyo Closet are set to take Cape Town, South Africa and eventually Africa by storm with their distinctly ethnic print style spun with a modern, edgy, functional twist.

To order your custom made garments contact noyocloset@gmail.com

For updates on new fabrics, events, sales etc, follow them on @NoyoCloset and Like their Noyo Closet Facebook page.10277594_10152128583753697_1407237412992786419_n

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G-Star Presents: RAW Night Johannesburg

On 15th May, international denim pioneer G-Star RAW marked its South African presence by hosting one of their globally renowned RAW Night events in Johannesburg, an eclectic evening of live music, art and denim innovation.

Johannesburg’s RAW Night transformed Arts on Main, the city’s premier hub for contemporary art and creativity, into a space of denim worship for the evening. Known for his cult-like following, underground musician Okmalumkoolkat performed live, alongside installations of Faith47 and G-Star RAW’s atelier Amsterdam’s showcase of exclusive denim art objects. Notable guests of the evening included DJ Euphonik, Chiano Sky, Tamara Dey and Isaac Klawansky, Eda Rose, Chad Saaiman, Masego Maps Maponyane, Bonang Matheba, Nakhane Toure, Thapelo Mokoena and Boitumelo Thulo.

Johannesburg joined an existing line-up of influential cities, from Tokyo and London, to New York, and LA, who have all hosted RAW Nights. RAW Nights bring G-Star’s core DNA to life, presenting cutting-edge talents from across the creative world in intimate and surprising locations. In Johannesburg, RAW Night guests directly experienced the concept of unexpected combinations that characterise G-Star’s clothing collections, various projects and collaborations, which include RAW Crossovers, fashion shows, and global campaigns.

G-Star RAW is a leader in the denim industry, having built a reputation for both craftsmanship and innovation. In 1996 G-Star introduced its ‘raw denim’ concept, triggering a revolution within the denim industry – since it had been dominated for almost 20 years by heavily washed and treated garments. With ‘raw denim’, G-Star presented untreated fabrics in solid colours, offering a more clean and sophisticated denim style.

The Stoic Revolutionary: Remembering Chris Hani

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“What we need in South Africa is for egos to be suppressed in favour of peace. We need to create a new breed of South Africans who love their country and love everybody, irrespective of their colour”.

Chris Hani, the stoic revolutionary, assassinated 21 years ago on this day.

May his legacy be echoed.

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An Ideal For Which I’m Prepared To Die , Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013

As South Africa and the world mourn the passing of one of the most prolific icons in history, we share the famous speech former president, a statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage made at the Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria on April 20 1964.

Humanity has lost a giant, may we continue to uphold and refine his legacy.

Talib Kweli ft Jean Grae – Black Girl Pain

My mama said life would be so hard
Growing up days as a Black girl scarred
In every way, still; you’ve come so far
They just know the name they don’t know the pain
So please hold your heads up high
Don’t be ashamed of yourself know I
Will carry it forth til the day I die
They just know the name they don’t know the pain, Black girl

I do it for the people, I do it for the love
I do it for the poet, I do it for the thug
This is for victory, and this is for the slaughter
I do it for my mother, I do it for my daughter
Promise I’ll always love ya, I love to kiss and hug ya
You and your brother should be looking out for one another
I’m so blessed, man, y’all the reason I got up
Somebody put his hands on you I’m getting locked up
I’m not playing, that’s the prayer I’m saying for Diani
And if I die then she’ll be protected by Amani
That’s her bigger brother and I love the way he love her
She a girly-girl, she love to imitate her mother
But she a Gemini, so stay on her friendly side
She’ll put that look on you, it’s like somebody friend just died
My pretty Black princess smell sweet like that incense
That you buy at the bookstore supporting Black business
Teach her what black is; the fact is her parents are thorough
She four reading Cornrows by Camille Yarborough
I keep her hair braided, bought her a black Barbie
I keep her mind free; she ain’t no black zombie
This is for Aisha, this is for Kashera
This is for Khadijah, scared to look up in the mirror
I see the picture clearer through the stain on the frame
She got a Black girl name, she living Black girl pain
This is for Makeba, and for my Mamacita
What’s really good Ma, I’ll be your promise-keeper
I see the picture clearer through the stain on the frame
She got a black girl name, she live in black girl pain

This is for Beatrice Bertha Benjamin who gave birth to Tsidi Azeeda
For Lavender Hill, for Khayelitsha
Athlone Mitchell’s Plain, Swazi girls I’m repping for thee
Manenberg, Gugulethu; where you’d just be blessed to get through
For beauty shining through like the sun at the highest noon
From the top of the cable car at Table Mountain; I am you
Girls with the skyest blue of eyes and the darkest skin
For Cape Coloured for realizing we’re African
For all my cousins back home, the strength of Mommy’s backbone
The length of which she went for raising, sacrificing her own
The pain of not reflecting the range of our complexions
For rubber pellet scars on Auntie Elna’s back, I march
Fist raised, caramel shining, in all our glory
For Mauritius, St. Helena; my blood is a million stories
Winnie for Joan and for Eadie, for Norma, Leslie, Ndidi
For Auntie Betty, for Melanie; all the same family
Fiona, Jo Burg, complex of mixed girls
For surviving through every lie they put into us now
This worlds yours’, and I swear I will stand focused
Black girls, raise up your hands; the world should clap for us

Talib Kweli – Black Girl Pain Lyrics

Cape Town Sub Culture: Fuck Fashion, get a real job.

A micro look at a slice of Cape Town street culture expressed via style, as seen through my eyes.

Shot by Tunde Olowabi of Studio MO, Lagos

Items available at Strato Africa and Sub Culture on Long Street & Obey Clothing at Unknown Union. Men’s stainless steel rings & dog tag pendants from Dan Fuller pop-up store, both on Kloof Street, Cape Town. 9also available at Old Biscuit Mill)

Styled by Melissa-Joy aka @Melfunktion