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DAPPER DAN REVIVAL

If you saw a hip-hop artist or athlete wearing some unusual Gucci or Louis Vuitton in the 1980s, it was probably a Dapper Dan original. Using silk-screen printing, the Harlem-based designer made customized logo-printed clothing, car interiors, and furniture upholstery for the likes of Mike Tyson, Salt-N-Pepa, Bobby Brown, Eric B. & Rakim, and LL Cool J (as well as …

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KYLE MACLACHLAN RETURNS

Ask a group of strangers to cite actor Kyle MacLachlan’s most famous role, and they’ll each give you a different answer. For some, he’ll always be the Dale Cooper, the earnest, eccentric FBI special agent who appreciates a “damn good coffee” from David Lynch’s surrealist soap Twin Peaks. For others, he’s still Trey MacDougal, Charlotte’s WASP-in-shining armor-turned-catastrophic-disappointment in Sex and …

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THE THIRD MAN

Martin Scorsese on ‘The Third Man’: The best revelation in all cinema. A reissue of ‘The Third Man’ is released on Friday. The Hollywood director Martin Scorsese reveals how Carol Reed’s classic British noir from 1949 has influenced him and why it feels as fresh as ever. I saw The Third Man for the first time on television in New …

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ROCK’S FINEST ALBUM COVER

Robert Mapplethorpe’s photo of Patti Smith on the sleeve of Horses is considered one of music’s best. But the story of their friendship between the two is more beautiful, writes Stephen Dowling. It is considered one of the greatest album covers of all time. A simple portrait to the waist of a woman in a crisp white shirt, a black …

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BEADWORK, ART AND BODY EXHIBITION

Wits Art Museum (WAM) is celebrating the art of beadwork through the upcoming exhibition Beadwork, Art and the Body: Dilo Tše Dintši/Abundance. The subtitle of the exhibition, Dilo Tše Dintši means “abundance” in Pedi and is a title that celebrates the abundance and richness of beadwork. Beaded waistcoat: Artist unrecorded, Zulu, Nongoma region, KwaZulu-Natal Beaded waistcoat, Ntol’bhantshi, beads on textile, …

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THE WOLF PACK

Located on 5th Avenue in Parkhurst, The Wolf Pack was started by a group of close friends whose mission was to start new friendships and help keep them over their homemade burgers. Opt for something a little more unusual in the form of the zingy chimichurri burger, or for the vegetarians among you the grilled artichoke burger with a deep …

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PUNK & IVY MOTIQUE

A new project recently launched by Punk & Ivy dubbed the “Motique” is a mobile retail experience and the first of its kind. After a while spent in commerce, founders Bianca and Khaya Sibiyia wanted to provide an alternative to their consumers, and so created something which turns traditional retail as we know it on its head. The Motique is …

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CITY OUTFITTERS

For that authentic Johannesburg shopping experience, a visit to City Outfitters is a must. With Italian shoes, kitchen suits, fishing visors and boat shoes, it’s certainly an eclectic shopping emporium. Style has always expressed itself uniquely in Johannesburg, with a mixture of sportswear, smartwear and traditional zulu-inspired garbs popular among young adults, and City Outfitters is packed to the rafters …

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FATHER COFFEE

One of the most consistently hip hangout spots in Braamfontein, Father Coffee is not just a café but a roastery and an espresso bar, too. Scandinavian-style interior sees floor-to-ceiling wooden chevron panelling adorn the walls and industrial copper light fixtures hang from the ceiling. In true third wave coffee-style, Father has no power sockets in order to discourage the use …

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L8 CAFE & PANINI BAR

Bordering Melville, L8 is the spot for the best burgers, beers and gourmet sandwiches in the city, and is situated in the charming sun lit courtyards of sprawling retail park 44 Stanley. The media hub of the city, 44 Stanley is surrounded by a collection of film and television companies, newspaper and radio stations. The space is home to several …