SA Fashion Designers: Goodbye Gimmick, Hello Garments

Some observers (and participants) in the South African Fashion Scene will not openly admit it, but they would love to see certain things change in the industry. Insiders dream of a day when avant garde fashion has evolved, and South African designers are actually selling clothes, and earning a living.  In this dream, there’s no …

The Reality of the Fashion Business in South Africa

This is an Op-Ed from Baleseng Ramatlhape, one of the founders of J. Hi! Street; The Home of South Africa’s Fashion Elite, and supporter of Local Contemporary Brands. From the early days of Selimathunzi, to the growing entertainment value of satellite channels like E! Entertainment Television, and Vuzu, the relationship between celebrity, and fashion both …

Isabel Marant x H&M in South Africa via Jozi Hi! Street

Tuesday 8am. The moment we shall forever mark in the history books as the day that all our lives changed. The day we found out that H&M and Maison Isabel Marant were collaborating together this November 13th to put together an amazing collaboration, fittingly titled: “Isabel Marant pour H&M” It sounded like a save the date …

AVANT To Wear One Of Those Dresses #MBFWJ

Queue the freak-out session, and dance break because Avant is bringing couture back! For over a year now, I (Baleseng) have been coveting the sartorial style of Ulyana Sergeenko, and in my heart I swore that someday, should a worthy designer present themselves, I too will become a couture collector. That day has finally arrived—Albeit prematurely, as …

Oh WOW—I Really Like Everything!

Johannesburg Fashion Week Trends Although it’s really hard to not trivialize something as organic as South African designer’s work; into a word as meaningless as “Johannesburg Fashion Week Trends”, there must have been something in the atmosphere, something in the water, when some of our talent was assembling their collections. Trend #1: It’s all in …

Studio Cocoa Moon at Jozi Hi! Street

A story. That’s one of main things that everyone is looking to tell when they get dressed in the morning, but the crazy thing is; We do it subconsciously.  If you’re ill, unless you’re trying to say otherwise, your attire will be conducive to your condition. How we dress is always a reflection on what we …

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M available in South Africa

Picture yourself going through the Maison Martin Margiela (or MMM) archives from the past two decades. What would you see? Struggling to picture yourself going through those archives? Picture yourself shopping a re-edition of those archive pieces at H&M. Unwilling to allow yourself the luxury of that thought either, huh? Jaded because South Africa does …

Jozi Hi! Street; Almost A Year In Business

When Hi! Street first began, it’s founders say that they’d always wanted to be part of the consignment community, but weren’t sure what their part in that equation would be, and were tired of being spectator ions in an industry that they desperately wanted to develop. The catalyst came during the festive season. Spurred by having received …

Jozi Hi! Street Giveaway #1 [CLOSED]

UPDATE: Natasha Faria, from The Retro Revivalist has won the prize! ————————————————————————————— It’s that time of the year again! It’s Giveaway time! Jozi Hi! Street, which you should all be a little more familiar with right now, will be giving away shoes (for probably this entire month of October). They are specifically giving shoes away in …