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My Boyhood Dream

My Boyhood Dream

As a boy I always dreamed of being an elite athlete of some kind and being sponsored by one of the big brands of world. Nike, Adidas or Billabong, whatever brand it was I didn’t care. I just wanted to be sponsored. During my teens I played every sport under the sun getting home from school at 7pm most weekdays. I always had some sort of sporting activity on after school. But I just couldn’t quite crack any of my chosen sports to a level at which I excelled enough to go professional and “be sponsored”. This inner desire has never left me, and although sport is not my profession, I strongly believe this desire has helped me enormously in my modelling career. It kept me focussed, hungry for success and still keeps me the driven person I am today, just in a different path to those childhood dreams. I wouldn’t say being a model is the same as being a sponsored professional athlete in this world, but to me it’s the closest I’ll get to that dream. Being good enough to represent a brand. I’ll paint the picture for you. It was the 7th of January 2016, a day I will remember for years to come. I was sitting at lunch with my mom in Newlands (Cape Town) when  I received a text from my agent which read “Do you have an image of yourself fishing in your most recent Deep Sea Tuna Fishing trip?” This was somewhat different to my usual conversations with Roxy (My Booker). As the universe / fortune had it I had been on a deep sea fishing charter the previous week, catching some sizeable Yellow Fin... read more
South African Menswear Week | SS 15/16

South African Menswear Week | SS 15/16

The second South African Menswear Fashion Week dedicated solely to men’s fashion took place, last week, in my hometown of Cape Town. Their vision – to be the leading platform in terms of innovation, trends, production and most importantly, the promotion of local designers in the fashion industry. A platform which enables designers to grow their businesses, solidify their identity and showcase their current work. Media coverage for menswear in our country has taken a massive leap in the past three years from having seemingly minimal exposure to having a week dedicated to it. Such hype and enthusiasm is great for the industry and a breath of fresh air for many. Men are becoming more conscious of what they wear and how they look. The ‘Metrosexual Man’ has been around for a while in first world countries like the US, UK and many parts of Europe, where fashion is a major contributor in their lives. With influential industry leaders such as David Gandy, Tom Ford, Pharrell, David Beckham and most recently Cristiano Ronaldo setting a high standard for all to follow, the everyday man has become more conscious of visual identities. You’ll never catch these gentleman in an outfit which hasn’t had consideration put into it. While South Africa is still behind the US and Europe when it comes to fashion and trends, we are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with thanks to the collaboration of industry leaders and the powers of media. Ideas, trends and information can be seen and spread instantaneously, fans and colleagues can now follow, like and communicate with their favourite designers and... read more
Travel Makes You Richer

Travel Makes You Richer

Simply put, travel will make you a more well-rounded human being. Which is really the goal, isn’t it? I was fortunate enough to have travelled to a handful of countries in the past year for various campaigns. People you meet whilst on the road usually become a valuable contact in your address book, giving you points on the map to visit later on. For me, some of these fine folk have become valued friends. These people give you a glimpse outside your hometown circle of friends, forcing you into new and refreshing perspectives on things. Too many of us are reliant on our comfort zones and exotic cultures will teach you that the way you look at the world (each to their own) is not the way everybody does. Seeing and experiencing it for yourself brings a healthy dose of reality to our so-called higher thinking. So if you’re a dreamer, a believer and a hard worker then you’re probably also the kind that welcomes new challenges. Life’s too short to be unhappy, so get out your comfort zone, make the most of everyday and happy travels! I leave you with some inspiration to get the ball rolling. #TravelTuesdays Warwick... read more
Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway

A weekend getaway to the Bush This past weekend my Lady and I departed Cape Town and jetted off to the City of Gold, Johannesburg. It was my Father’s birthday and he decided to go up and spend the weekend up country, visiting my sibling who has recently got engaged and is to be married in December. Since we haven’t spent much time together as a family in recent times we decided to surprise my Dad with a weekend away to the bush. We arrived in Joburg on the Thursday night and headed to the bush getaway early Friday morning. We were pleasantly greeted by our Chalet over-looking the Boma and swimming pool, as well as a few Nyala and Springbok tamely roaming the braai area out front. As the sun started to set over the serene setting we cracked open a few beers and watched in awe as the day turned into night and before we knew it the sky was lit up. A powerful full moon and countless stars kept us in silence on more than one occasion. As the night went on it got progressively colder and before we knew it we were huddled around the warm flickers of the bonfire sharing good laughs and telling old stories from our past. This kept everyone entertained (as you can imagine), especially the over the top stories about me and my childhood, which I obviously dont remember. Saturday morning was my old man’s 58th Birthday. We started the celebration with a massive breakfast and set off on our day game drive through the beautiful Mangwa Valley Private Game Lodge.... read more
Cape Town – Joburg – Mahé – Praslin – La Digue.

Cape Town – Joburg – Mahé – Praslin – La Digue.

After 14 long hours of Travel Day 1 we arrived at our luxurious hotel – La Digue Island Lodge – greeted by some seriously friendly faces and their local ice cold beer ‘SeyBrew’ in hand. With a polite ‘Merci Beaucoup’ along with the first prolonged sip, there are only a few things in this world that could have topped the end off that 90% humidity 37 Degree Celsius Seychellois day. 5am call time; we hopped into the minivan and down to the harbour where we found our speed boat and Captain for the day long Island recci. Circumnavigating the Island our production manager (Allan Mc Cullough – North South Productions), Art Director and now Head of Camp David Mens Division (Marcus Huchrak) and First photographer (Moritz Attenberger) were blown away by the scenery, natural light and shoot sites around the chain of Islands, one in particular namely il Koko which took their fancy. It is a tiny island due West of the Island of La Digue. With perfect white sand and crystal clear turquoise water it makes for an Island paradise and an unbelievable site to shoot our first look. Day 2 of shooting saw me riding an 1800cc Turbo Injected Jet ski around the photographer’s boat, with hard turns and waves of spray it surely will show off the board short range nicely! Looking forward to seeing the final outcome of these pictures in particular. 2 days down and we were flying! Perfect light from 5am to 8pm sees us shoot almost half of the Camp David Summer Range. Also partly due to the fact that the models... read more