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Your weekly dose of creative cool | Sex, booze, trip-hop and dinosaurs

Each morning, by the time you’ve woken up and scrolled through your various social media feeds, someone’s already dropped a new EP, launched a new capsule collection, announced an exhibition opening, opened a bespoke store or posted pics of the jol you only found out about once you’d already committed to that awkward “we should do drinks sometime” acquaintance.

Sometimes it’s a challenge to keep up with everything that happens in the creative industry – trust us, we know. So this year, to make sure you’re in the loop, we’ll be sharing a weekly list of inspiring people, places and events to keep on your creative radar. Dive in and enjoy. 

Photography & Fashion 

Ihaba by Size Mbiza and Watermaise (Mamthug)

Photographer Size Mbiza has been busy with a new collaborative photo series exploring minimalistic shapes and objects. “The styling deliberately played on the overkill of monochromatic colours and simple shapes and lines with the purpose of adorning basic pieces of everyday clothing into an almost over-the-top street-wear ensemble,” he says. See the full series on his site

Size Mbiza

Single & Committed by Dior Boys Anonymous

Dirty Native Chief created a streetsyle lookbook for LOCK apparel. See more on Instagram.

Dior Boys Anonymous

ORIGINAL is Never Finished by adidas Originals

Their newest TVC re-interprets Frank Sinatra’s, My Way, and Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus for the here and now. The film is directed by Terence Neale and stars a multi-generational cast with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Day Hynes, Stormzy, Lucas Puig and Petra Collins. Check out their latest campaign here


Illustrations by Morne Hercules

Morne is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator whose style ebbs between bold, hard-edged line work and softer surreal images. Check out his work on Behance


The Great Zambezi fabric collection by Halsted Design

Halsted Design in launching a new fabric collection next month. They’ve collaborated with Ardmore Ceramics on five stunning textile designs; Amasumpa, Monkey Bean, Bush Bandits, River Chase and Feather. Visit their site for further info. 


Food & Drink

If you’re a beer drinker then try FRESHLY. This lager makes for easy drinking with hints of passion fruit and pomegranate. The story goes that, “about a year ago, three dudes sat down and contemplated what it meant to be content. What it meant to feel happy in the morning, and what it meant to feel settled with who you are, what you have to do each day, and still, by the time each day comes to an end”. Want to know how that conversation turned into a craft beer? Find out more on Facebook.


Restaurants & Bars

Cape Town: The Raptor Room

This neon-lit grub spot is a new edition to the east city precinct in Cape Town. They serve things like F*K Bread, Fricken Chicken and Beyonce Juice. Also, the place is named after a dinosaur. Can we just take a moment to revel in that awesomeness? Find them on Facebook or visit their site to see what other tasty grub they have.

Creative Cool


Cape Town: Sex, Death ‘n Stuff at the Alex Hamilton Art Studio 

Head over to the Alex Hamilton Art Studio to see a satirical group exhibition exploring different erotic and gragile aspects of Cape Town life. Some of the exhibiting artists include; Leanne Oliver, Conrad Botes, Falko One and Sarah Pratt. See Facebook for more.

Creative Cool

Joburg: What I See Beyond Feeling at The Stevenson 

If you’re in Jozi then make sure to catch the end of Portia Zvavahera’s solo exhibition. “As human beings we have dreams – we are told about our future and our past through dreams. This is what I’m trying to speak about. As I’m sleeping I see things … I cannot tell others what I see, only the emotions, the feelings that I try to transfer to the canvas. When you have a dream it’s like when you look at a painting: there’s a focal point. In the dream there’s this thing that strikes you, and that’s where I create my painting,” she says. Go here for more. 

Portia Zvavahera


Cape Town: Trip Hop Saturdays at One UP

Have you been to this garden balcony bar located above Cape Town’s iconic Fiction Bar? With a selection of fine whiskeys, gins and a select cocktail offering, One UP is an oasis from which you can enjoy views of Table Mountain and check out the action of Long Street. See Facebook for this week’s line-up. 

One Up

Joburg: Disco de Moda with King of Town 

This Saturday Paul Holden aka King of Town is playing at Kitchener’s. He first got noticed for his remix of Desmond And The Tutus’ “Kiss You On The Cheek” by Parisian label Tigersushi. Now he produces for Franz Ferdinand, Slow Club, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Loose Fit and Space System. See Facebook for deets.

Disco De Moda

Be sure to keep an eye on our site for a new weekly round-up of creative cool every Friday. 

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