FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT x SIYA KOLISI COLLAB FOR GOOD
Growing up in a township in Port Elizabeth and now the captain of the Springboks and the Stormers rugby teams, Siya Kolisi has societal development and youth upliftment at the heart of his passions. His recent collaboration with lifestyle brand Freedom of Movement is a unique interpretation of the iconic South African vellie (felt) shoe. Handcrafted in Cape Town and manufactured with the highest quality local raw materials – premium nubuck leather and lined with soft, breathable calfskin – each pair sold will contribute to the development of Mbekweni Youth Centre. This initiative provides the youth of surrounding communities with a safe space to nurture their talents and uplift themselves through physical activity. “I want to do everything I can to help these kids gain access to resources and safe spaces to explore and hone their talents … because I’ve been there, I’ve played these fields, I’ve walked these streets,” says Siya. In addition, the shoe design includes elements holding greater, meaningful significance to South African heritage — like the custom shade of green that “represents the fertile land on our national flag, it represents the Boks (led by Siya) and it represents the field we’re going to build,” says Roal Boezaart, Director and Co-Founder of Freedom of Movement.
Available from: freedomofmovement.co.za/fomxkolisi/
MACBOOK PRO 2019 UPGRADE
Apple has given a lick of paint to its MacBook Pro for 2019. The latest version, released on 21 May, has been upgraded with a number of key features. These include new 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors, making it the fastest MacBook Pro models to date, according to Apple. While there were no external changes made to the device, instead continuing with the same design first introduced in 2016, other notable improvements have been made to the keyboard. A revamped 4th generation Butterfly keyboard mechanism made from new materials will cut down on common issues prominent in previous MacBook versions — such as a stuck key, malfunctioning space bar or when keys just don’t work. In addition, both the 15-inch and 13-inch models have been fitted with a larger Force Touch Trackpad and four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while True Tone functionality adjusts the white balance on the retina display to match the ambient lighting.
KAT VAN DUINEN'S MEN'S ACCESSORIES COLLECTION
Hailing from Poland, luxury designer Kat van Duinen was drawn to South African shores by being completely enamoured with the rich heritage, meaningful art, diverse people and materials of the continent. “My work is a natural extension of the love I have for Africa,” she says. In 2010, her eponymous label established itself solely as a luxury leather brand and since then has evolved into a fully-fledged fashion house, offering ready-to-wear women’s collect-ions known for their exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design. Now, Kat Van Duinen has expanded its reach by launching a range of men’s accessories. “The range has been designed for a modern man who appreciates style, quality and the finer things in life,” she explains. Drawing from her love of travel, Kat has created versatile pieces that are suitable for working professionals on-the-go — from a briefcase for the office to a duffel bag for a weekend getaway. Spectacle cases, passport holders, phone covers and suit bags form an essential part of the collection too, in every shade of African’s sun-kissed terrain. With a style philosophy of “simplicity, elegance and natural fibres”, Kat believes every piece in the collection is an investment — reiterated through her use of pure, exotic leathers. What’s more, the label is committed to nurturing local artisans and industry. Every piece is locally made and affords tailors, retail specialists, farmers and craftspeople with job opportunities and skills development.
Available from: katvanduinen.com; Kat Van Duinen Premium Boutique, Silo District, V&A Waterfront; Kat Van Duinen Essentials Boutique, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock
IKEA ÖVERALLT COLLECTION
At the annual Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town earlier this year, Swedish furniture brand IKEA unveiled their new ÖVERALLT collection — a limited edition homeware range designed in collaboration with 10 creatives across disciplines from all over the African continent. According to James Futcher, Creative Leader at IKEA, the premise of the collection was to explore “modern urban rituals” related to food and socialising. It is an expression of identity and sustainability. “Överallt is like a palette of socialising tools,” he says. “We want to encourage and trigger people to come together, eat, share stories, be creative and spend time with one another.” The collection ranges from tableware and seating to textiles and traditional crockery, and features creations from the likes of architect Issa Diabaté, Senegalese designer Bibi Seck as well as South African fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo.