Thanks to the eased lockdown restrictions, yours suitably was out and about mixing business with pleasure.
After that article about suitable places to visit post pandemic I got an invite from a group of gentlemen that are quite familiar in the sartorial society. This group of fine gentlemen is called the Gentlemen Collaboration. Through the multiple Suitable Sunday events I hosted, I always preached about collaboration and the power of working as a collective. There’s a saying that you can run faster alone but collectively you can go far. Through the networks in the fashion fraternity they continued with the trend, found a niche market and ran away with it. Here is more of who they are and what they’re all about.
About The GC
A trio of gentlemen with high intellectual influence in a multitude of fields. A collaboration amongst these gentlemen brings a whole new experience in the modern gentlemen’s living. With their expertise, they offer a master-class curatorship as they act as intermediaries in narrating a story of the brand to the end-user. Paid-partnered with countless brands to recreate exclusive content in bringing a redefined experience digitally and personally. Whether it’s a service or a tangible product, save your time and resources and consult the GC for an authentic service that will keep people talking.
Remember our sartorial microbiologist who schooled us about Covid19 during Quarantine Conversations. He needs no introduction as we know how much of a perfectionist he is when he’s behind the lens, whether it’s a microscope or a camera. Mr Maake is one photographer that is worldly known for mastering being both in front and behind the lens and still produce quality images.
Not only is he a familiar figure in Italy’s iconic Pitti Uomo Trade Fair for his dapper dress sense, Mr Khala is a guru in media relations and communications. He is also a fellow blogger as he is a contributing editor and correspondent for The Morden Man Daily blog.
Mr King is one multi-faceted gentlemen who has gone from modelling for local brands to being featured by globally acclaimed brands. Not only that but he has managed to model, coordinate and direct campaigns at the same occasion.
The Weekend Experience
I got suited and booted for the exclusive GC Weekend Special courtesy of the new Marriott Hotel in Melrose Arch.
The Marriott International
Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott in 1927, is an international brand in the hotel industry that houses 30 in-house brands and over 7000 other properties across 131 countries.
Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch is the premium business hotel in Johannesburg providing state-of-the-art business facilities within the Melrose Arch Precinct. It features 306 rooms and suites including a contingent of sharing rooms ideal for groups. It also has 7 meeting rooms including a 480 sqm ballroom, a combined total function space of over 800 sqm and 600 sqm of pre-function space, perfect for any big event.
The GC Evening Extravaganza
At arrival, I was warmly welcomed by the GC members with refreshing bubbly to ease into the weekend mood while I checked-in. Since we haven’t seen each other since the last Suitable Sunday, there was a lot to catch up on. While on that tip I got the pleasure of meeting other invitees which was positively overwhelming and inspiring to have been surrounded by people with amazing portfolios. The intimate number of guests made the networking session ran smoothly and getting to know the people was such a bliss.
We were invited to a wine tasting at the Archer Bar & Eatery as we tried on Boschendal and Brampton collections. Just like menswear, I may not be a fan of a particular beverage but it’s always great to learn a thing or two about other beverages. After all, it’s an experience.
After our pellets went through a roller-coaster with different wines, we got treated to a three-course meal. The appetizer was Homemade Tangy Mustard Cucumber Pickles; Biltong; Droe Wors with Archer Caesar Salad. The entrée was Beef Brisket Bun with Tzatziki and Atjar. The dessert was a choice of Dom Pedro or Brandy Alexander. And to down all of that we got to try homemade beer cocktails – Soweto Gold and Soweto Cherry Ale.
Since it was the US Masters weekend, I went back to my room to catch up on the golf. Something which I was not going to be able to view if I was home since I don’t have the premium bouquet. With our busy lives, most people check-in to hotels but hardly get the opportunity to utilise and enjoy the full experience of the hotel services. I made myself a nice double decaf to keep me awake as I stayed to watch the boys battled it out on the monstrous Augusta National Golf Club.
The Morning After
After all the calories gained from the night before, I had to step in the Fitness centre and sweat all that off on the treadmill. I took a shower and went down for the Marriott Signature Gourmet Breakfast, where I got served with a revitalising continental breakfast. That was followed by a mouth-watering full English breakfast.
I enjoyed some peace and tranquillity by the outdoor pool as I impatiently waited with great anticipation for the first ever fashion show of the year with an actual attendance. AFI Fashion Week was scheduled that weekend and David Tlale was headlining. Although the shows were virtual, the daring David that we all know hosted his show at the Marriot Hotel inside the Keystone Bistro. With all the Covid19 protocols observed the show began.
It was a double delight as we observed a Carducci Women collaborative collection by David Tlale. Carducci is a brand under House of Monatic which is a well-known brand on the runways as well as on high-end fashion retail chain stores for sartorially elegant menswear garments. With this collaboration they brought the women’s collection and what a way to strategically partner with David. He paid homage to the Cardicci tradition as he brought class and chic in ladies suiting by adding some colourful floral prints. The sophistication on the looks gives women endless options to rock the garment in and out the office and the pieces can be easily styled, mix-matched for different looks.
The David Tlale collection which we got the opportunity to see it first before the official AFI Fashion Week virtual viewing, was such a thrill. As per usual, he gave us avante-garde and didn’t compromise on the choice of exotic and luxurious fabrics. Since we are enjoying the hot weathers he prioritized on linen; silk; organza and some chiffon to give the garments some summery look and feel. Although it felt like it was the first time attending a fashion show, the David Tlale signature style was written all over every garment. My highlight was his loyalty to the models, David is one of the very few designers to be consistence with using the same models for almost every show.
Overall, this was a great experience and I can recommend the hotel for not only Malunde sleepovers but also luncheons and some fine dining dates. As I check-out, click on the links below and find out more about The Marriott Melrose Arch and do follow the Gentlemen Collaboration for more exclusive experiences.
Until next time