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SUITABLE SUNDAY – SYMPOSIUM

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It has been almost a year since the last Suitable Sunday and after the increasing demand for another reunion of dandies, it finally came back with a bang.

Suitable Sunday has been the gathering of suited and booted gentlemen since its inception in May 2017. Looking at how Pitti Uomo is depicted on social media, I wanted to create an atmosphere that reflects scenes from that most talked about event in Italy.

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After countless gatherings and a long absence, coming back had to be different. It was more than just looking dapper on the streets. It was a symposium, me and Mandla Thabethe of Project Inflamed, invited gentlemen that are quite familiar with the sartorial fraternity. Usually there would be guest speakers talking all things menswear fashion; style; grooming and gentleman lifestyle. This time around the discussion was based on brand collaborations and management. Part of the panellists was Brand and Lifestyle consultant Hussain Van Roos; Afrocentric Gentlemvn lifestyle brand founder Menzi Mcunu; creative director of The Phoeze Collection suit brand Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

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After countless gatherings and a long absence, coming back had to be different. It was more than just looking dapper on the streets. It was a symposium, me and Mandla Thabethe of Project Inflamed, invited gentlemen that are quite familiar with the sartorial fraternity. Usually there would be guest speakers talking all things menswear fashion; style; grooming and gentleman lifestyle. This time around the discussion was based on brand collaborations and management. Part of the panellists was Brand and Lifestyle consultant Hussain Van Roos; Afrocentric Gentlemvn lifestyle brand founder Menzi Mcunu; creative director of The Phoeze Collection suit brand Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

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Managing yourself as a brand

Menzi said: Some people have business and personal accounts on social media, that don’t mean one can just post whatever they want to post and say whatever they want to say. Other brands do a thorough research on individuals they want to associate themselves with, even going through to personal/private pages. This is to see if that individual is honest about his lifestyle and aligns harmoniously with the brand.

Hussain followed up: Depending on the type of brand or work one does, it may also be advisable to have someone to manage or curate some of your work (PR manager), that’s of course when the brand big and has multiple tasks.

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The balance of being a model and an influencer

Menzi said: The two are almost the same as one will still be marketing a brand/product/service. However, an influencer is the modern age model who doesn’t go for casting but still would model the brand through his authenticity and relevance to the brand.

Nkonsingiphile added: For someone who does both and still have a personal brand, I don’t just take any offer from the modelling agency even the other brands that want to collaborate. It is important to make sure that the brands you model or collaborate with, do not clash with you as brand or what you do.

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Those were some the key points raised at the symposium, other than that attendees got the opportunity ask questions and even got the opportunity to mingle with the panellists and got more from them.

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Apart from the uncontrollable factors such as Eishkom Load-shedding, we had the biggest attendance ever. A big thank you to everyone who was part of Suitable Sunday, it truly meant a lot. It has shown the necessity to preserve and sustain the sartorial fraternity and dandyism at large, through education and enriching our knowledge. Last but not least, a special thank you to Shane Mangxangaza for the images on this article and all the other photographers who came and captured all the memorable moments of Suitable Sunday.

Until next time, stay suitable

Suitably Yours

Brian Lehang

SUITABLE MAN

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2 thoughts on “SUITABLE SUNDAY – SYMPOSIUM

  1. I’m proud of these guys, they’re are talented beyond measures. Style, class in its boldest form should be their new slogan. Keep up the good work, never degrade the standard.

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