Johannesburg, South Africa – Celebrated South African artist and astute businessman KO has added another feather to his cap with the grand opening of Swave, his highly anticipated clothing store located in the heart of Rosebank, Johannesburg. This event marked not only the unveiling of a new fashion venture, but also the official announcement of an exciting partnership with the internationally renowned beverage brand, Martell Blue Swift.

Located at the Rosebank’s Design District, Swave is a testament to KO’s multifaceted talent and entrepreneurial spirit, a vision brought to life by the artists’ reflections of his signature style and commitment to quality. The store boasts an eclectic blend of contemporary fashion pieces designed to resonate with the vibrant culture and diversity of Joburg.

In addition to the inauguration of Swave, KO took the opportunity to formally announce a groundbreaking partnership with Martell Blue Swift, a collaboration set to redefine the intersection of art, culture, and luxury. Much like Martell Blue Swift’s unique liquid, the KO brand is like no other, he audaciously stands out from the crowd. The partnership promises innovative experiences that merge the worlds of fashion, music and fine spirits, aiming to engage audiences on a global scale.

       “This is an exciting venture for me as it builds on my entrepreneurial vision and will test how far I can stretch my creative expression. Swave is a portal for all things fashion, music and culture in an urban setting and I can’t wait for everyone to experience it” stated KO and added, “Also teaming up with an internationally renowned brand like Martell Blue Swift is an incredible opportunity to merge creativity and craftsmanship. Together, we aim to create memorable moments like no other, that celebrate artistry and innovation.”

The collaboration between KO and Martell Blue Swift is set to bring forth a series of exclusive events, limited-edition releases, and immersive experiences that will captivate audiences across the country.

KO’s venture into the world of fashion with SWAVE and the partnership with Martell Blue Swift marks an exciting chapter in his career, showcasing his versatility as an artist and entrepreneur.

       “KO’s staying power in the creative industry is undisputed and the launch of the Swave store is an exciting addition to his legacy and comes hot on the heels of his recent SAMA wins. His journey as an artist is like that of no other and the partnership with Martell Blue Swift is just perfect fit. It brings together unique characteristics of this unique drink and the phenomenal star who is taking bold steps in pursuit of greatness” explains Nthabiseng Motsoeneng, Marketing Director at Pernod Ricard South Africa.

The launch event witnessed the presence of esteemed celebrity guests, industry influencers and a select group of media personalities who came together to celebrate this milestone achievement. Attendees were treated to a glimpse of Swave’s meticulously curated collection and were privy to the unveiling of the initial stages of the Martell Blue Swift collaboration.

Converse Expands its Footprint in South Africa with New Store at Menlyn Mall

1 November 2023 – Converse, the iconic American sneaker brand, is excited to announce the grand opening of its latest retail location in South Africa, situated in the prestigious Menlyn Mall. The new Converse store at Menlyn Mall offers an immersive shopping experience for sneaker enthusiasts and fashion-forward individuals. With its prime location in one of Pretoria’s premier shopping destinations, customers can expect a vast selection of the latest Converse sneakers, apparel, and accessories.

The Menlyn Mall store reflects the unique Converse identity, blending the brand’s rich heritage with a modern, dynamic atmosphere. Visitors will find a broad range of Converse classics, as well as the latest seasonal collections, ensuring there’s something for every taste and style.


The store is staffed with knowledgeable and passionate team members who are ready to assist customers in finding their perfect pair of Converse sneakers or stylish apparel. Whether you’re a dedicated Converse fan or new to the brand, the Menlyn Mall store promises to be a must-visit destination for all those who appreciate timeless style and self-expression.

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Marrying a skate and music-inspired heritage with the diverse spirit of New York, Converse, and Awake NY have introduced their first collaborative collection.  This debut capsule from the Converse x Awake NY partnership celebrates the burgeoning skate and alternative music scene that blossomed in New York City in the early ‘90s, which coincided with Converse’s reintroduction of the 1974 All Star as the One Star.

Launched by Queens native Angelo Baque in 2012, the Awake NY reflects the diversity that defines New York City’s landscape and captures the spirit and sensibility of the five boroughs.  This silhouette was embraced by and embedded into the skate and alternative communities, which popularized apparel and sneakers salvaged from the ‘70s.

“The One Star always connects back to the early ‘90s punk and alternative artists I really admired, whether it be Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, or the Beastie Boys—music that typically you wouldn’t assume people where I’m from would listen to, or wear a pair of the One Star,” Baque says, reminiscing on his teenage years. “If you wore a pair of One Stars back then, you didn’t subscribe to the social norms.” This collaboration commemorates these memories.

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The Converse x Awake NY capsule includes three takes on the One Star Pro, executed in black, blue, and white sand colorways. The Awake NY’s script logo is embroidered on the latter side of the vintage suede upper, which is completed by co-branded sock liners and license plates. The One Star Pro silhouette is crafted for skateboarders and features exceptional board feel and impact cushioning thanks to a CONS traction rubber outsole and molded CX sockliner. The silhouette’s low profile adds tonal flexibility, while a rubber-backed suede upper offers durability.


The three-piece, functional apparel assortment includes a cotton rugby jersey shirt, featuring satin-stitch embroidery branding at the center chest and a water-based large back print, a two-toned fleece hoodie with a blue contrast hood, and a cotton jersey tee.

The Converse x Awake NY collection is now available from R 899,95 – R 1999,95 only from Converse Sandton City, Converse Gateway Theatre of Shopping, and Converse Menlyn Shopping Centre.


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Johannesburg, South Africa – Renowned luxury events and marketing company African Deluxe Company today announced that award winning media personality Pearl Modiadie will be the official host for the annual Standard Bank Joburg Polo in the Park taking place at  the Inanda Country Base in Kyalami next weekend.

Attended by SA’s elite including top business execs, celebrities, media and Polo enthusiasts – back for the third edition – the lifestyle extravaganza offers unforgettable curated experiences, great food, over-the-top fashion, as well as live music on the side lines.

The AFROGLAM COUTURE dress code aims to celebrate our South Africa heritage while showcasing the Spirit of Africa in all things chic, colourful and creative as the 2023 theme.

 “As it’s been proven, the Standard Bank Polo in The Park is not only about the polo, but also about the lifestyle that accompanies the time-honoured sport: the fashion, the food and the music. This highly prestigious polo affair was not only created to celebrate life but also to showcase what SA has to offer to the rest of the world. Our passion to develop the sport of kings in the country has culminated in this annual gathering, which we will continue to grow annually’, says The African Deluxe Company’s frontman and executive producer of the event Ben Moseme. He also added, ‘this year we are elated to have partnered with someone who truly personifies what the brand stands for and who is a true reflection of African excellence, so we welcome Pearl Modiadie to the Standard Bank Joburg Polo family.”

The Standard Bank Joburg Polo in the Park hosts a unique format of polo featuring only three players aside with an inflatable ball, unlike the hard ball used in traditional matches. The game captures the imagination of equestrian lovers in grand style, allowing spectators to get close up to the exciting action while enjoying all the thrills of the matches.

With four Premium VIP Hospitality Marquees package options, each offers its own unique experience:

Classic Polo Lounge – 
A premium lounge offering prime views, gourmet lunch, bespoke décor, open bar and all the trimmings of the game with tickets retailing @ R4500 p/p (VAT incl.)

  • VIP Hospitality Ticket with Premier view of polo field
  • Luxury lounge seating
  • International Premium Open bar  
  • Flavoursome harvest table
  • Gourmet 3 course buffet lunch and Evening Snack
  • Butler service
  • VIP ablution facilities
  • Accessible and Secure Complimentary parking
  • Cash Bar Available

The African Deluxe VIP Lounge – offers those new to the sport a fantastic opportunity to experience the glamour of polo in a relaxed setting with full catering and complimentary local bar throughout
the day – tickets are R3200 p/p (VAT incl.)

  • VIP Hospitality Ticket with Premier views of the polo field
  • Luxury Lounge Setting
  • Full complimentary local bar 
  • Live DJ Entertainment
  • Flavoursome Harvest Table
  • Gourmet 3 course buffet lunch and evening Snack
  • Accessible and Secure Complimentary Parking
  • Cash Bar Available

Joburg Polo Lounge is the best way to experience the game in a vibrant environment. From the comfort of their eight-seater lounge, guests are treated to personalised service and outstanding catering and bottle service from their dedicated hostess, while SA’s top DJs provide the vibe. Tickets are priced from R2590 p/p (VAT incl.)

  • VIP Hospitality Ticket
  • Premier views of the polo field
  • Comfortable Cafe / Cocktail or Lounge Setting
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Floating Lunch and Evening Snack
  • VIP Ablution Facilities
  • Accessible and Secure Complimentary Parking
  • Cash Bar Available

The Standard Bank Lounge is an invitational only marque, exclusively for their clients, customers and stakeholders.

From Johannesburg, the business capital of the province to the rest of South Africa and eventually the African continent, this premium event is definitely an intercontinental fixture on the sporting/social calendar not to be missed. 


DATE        :       Saturday, 16 September 2023
TIME         :       11am – 10pm
VENUE      :       Polo Fields, Inanda Country Base, Kyalami, Johannesburg

Standard Bank account holders get 15% discount when paying with their Standard Bank Debit, Cheque or Credit Cards.

For more information regarding ticket prices, package or the various experience offering, do check out Tickets available now Alternatively contact for package options.

Hollywoodbets Durban July fashion show 2023

The ‘Out Of This World’ theme of this year’s Hollywoodbets Durban July, promises an extraordinary celebration of horseracing and fashion, with a special focus on inspiring and motivating students who have entered the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Awards.

The Young Designer Awards, an integral part of the Hollywoodbets Durban July Fashion Show, provides a platform for aspiring young talents to showcase their innovative designs and unleash their creative potential. With the ‘Out Of This World’ theme, these promising students are encouraged to explore the uncharted territories of fashion, blending futuristic elements and celestial influences to create groundbreaking and visionary collections. Hollywoodbets Foundation backs the initiative, by providing bursaries to the top three students who will be recognised for the inspiring designs this year.

The Hollywoodbets Durban July Fashion Show has always been a beacon of inspiration for emerging designers, and this year is no exception. By selecting the ‘Out of This World’ theme, the event aims to ignite the imaginations of young designers and push the boundaries of their creativity. The theme challenges them to think beyond traditional fashion norms, encouraging bold experimentation and out-of-the-box ideas.

In addition to showcasing their designs on the highly esteemed runway, participating students in the Young Designer Awards will have the opportunity to gain invaluable industry exposure, receive mentorship from seasoned fashion professionals and network with influential figures in the fashion world. The awards provide a launchpad for their careers, enabling them to gain recognition and make a mark in the industry.

The Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Awards has once again proven to be a pivotal turning point in the lives of its former students, as they embark on successful careers in the fashion industry. This prestigious award has served as a catalyst, propelling these talented individuals towards remarkable achievements.

One such shining star is Ismael Mchunu, the winner of last year’s Young Designer Award attributes his victory to his willingness to take risks. The accompanying R50,000.00 bursary he won provided him with the motivation to complete his studies this year. Reflecting on his triumph, Mchunu expressed his gratitude, stating, “Receiving the bursary prize last year was an incredible blessing. The financial support enabled me to pursue my studies, especially during the challenging registration period at the beginning of the year. I am sincerely grateful to Hollywoodbets for making my journey easier.”

In addition to the bursary, Mchunu was given the opportunity to attend SA Fashion Week this year, where he met renowned designers, brands and sponsorship companies. This experience has fueled his determination to work diligently and complete his studies, while also expanding his network within the industry. Last year’s recognition as the best young designer has brought Mchunu wider exposure and elevated his brand’s profile. He describes winning the competition as a transformative experience that has propelled his career forward.

Similarly, second runner-up Slindile Ndlovu experienced the life-changing impact of winning the R30,000.00 bursary prize from Hollywoodbets. The funds allowed her to cover her second-year university fees, purchase a sewing machine and invest in her collection. Winning the award not only supported her studies but also opened doors to new job opportunities. Ndlovu recalls, “My win inspired me to have confidence in my abilities and pursue a successful career. People started believing in me and becoming my customers.”

Nhlanhla Dlamini, the third runner-up, received a bursary prize of R20,000.00, which alleviated her financial burden and enabled her to settle outstanding university fees. Winning the competition also brought significant awareness to her brand, garnering attention from various individuals and small businesses. Dlamini remarks, “The competition has allowed more people to recognise my talent and understand what I bring to the table.”

As the 2023 Young Designer Award approaches, former winners share their advice for aspiring participants. Ismael Mchunu encourages entrants to plan ahead, conduct thorough research and have confidence in their designs. He advises, “Think out of this world and create something extraordinary. Embrace maximalism and let your imagination soar beyond the boundaries of traditional fashion. This year’s theme, ‘Out of This World,’ presents a unique opportunity to explore uncharted territories and unleash your creativity.”

Slindile Ndlovu emphasises the importance of passion and self-belief, urging young designers to love what they do, stay focused and trust themselves. She offers her best wishes to the young designers of 2023, highlighting the long and rewarding journey they are embarking on.Lastly, Nhlanhla Dlamini encourages participants to embrace the experience, regardless of the outcome. She reminds them to believe in their ability to achieve greatness and seize the opportunity to learn and grow.

The Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award continues to be a launchpad for aspiring designers, providing financial support, industry exposure and invaluable networking opportunities. This renowned competition not only celebrates creativity but also empowers young talent to reach new heights in their careers.

The Hollywoodbets Durban July 2023 is set to captivate attendees with a mesmerising showcase of celestial-inspired collections, electrifying performances and immersive experiences. The event serves as a powerful reminder that the future of fashion lies in the hands of the next generation of designers, pushing boundaries and driving the industry forward.The public can look forward to seeing exquisite raceday outfits inspired by this year’s “Out Of This World” theme.The Hollywoodbets Durban July will be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 1 July 2023.