Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On the Street……The Smarties, Soweto, SA


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  1. Professor JT

    November 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm


  2. adrian

    November 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    wow, i love this double-breasted suit!

  3. mariposa fashion blog

    November 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    This photo is amazing .. two contrasts
    Best regards from germany

  4. muguettt

    November 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Despite he seems chic, the place doesn’t seem like that all..

    For my DIY fashion blog:

  5. Kait

    November 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Haha the comment above put it perfectly! So polished, such attention to detail, beeming with confidence. Love it!

  6. Martina

    November 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    So cool.

  7. Simbarashe

    November 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    And he shall be called Boss Swag, 1st Class.

  8. Al

    November 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    i wish theres more detail of his tie!


    November 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    beautiful suit!!

  10. The Bespoke Dudes

    November 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Great double breasted jacket, but I prefer the last button to be unbuttoned!

    The Bespoke Dudes

  11. Evgenia

    November 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Very stylish and elegant men. I like details.

  12. Bohemian Style

    November 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    The gold touches are super mod!

  13. Mr Essentialist

    November 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Love this! Great watch and rings too.

  14. andreeaa

    November 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  15. Rachel Pizarro

    November 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Wow this is one of your master pics ever Scott! So much is said…

  16. Katrina

    November 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Perfect accessorizing. Great look from head to toe. This outfit would stop me in my tracks.

  17. Anthony

    November 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    The face and the glasses are very good. After that it’s downhill all the way.

  18. The Fringes

    November 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Swag tun up in SA though! Amazing look, jacket fits just right

  19. Gian Luca M

    November 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    contrast and elegance…

    Gian Luca M

  20. Evgenia

    November 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    amazing suit. I love it

  21. SabinaSabina

    November 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    great shoes!

  22. Sir Kadiege

    November 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    #Perfect.. I salute this boy *Tshepiso van wyk

  23. Adam McBride

    November 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I love the individual pieces, but this one is all about the attitude.

  24. TEST/model magazine

    November 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm


    victor john penner

  25. Anon

    November 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    More please.

  26. FromTheUNWithLove

    November 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Soweto is among the most dangerous, overcrowded, generally depressed areas I’ve ever visited, but there’s pride, community and rich cultural roots there too. Can you dress aspirationally? This young man wants to go places; he’ll look the part when he gets there.

    • Tonia

      November 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      You are right about that. He will be the best dressed when he arrives – and we know he will get there.

    • Soweto4Eva

      November 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Or perhaps he’s already there – and probably prefers it over the standards people on the internet in faraway countries are trying to set for him ;)

      • Edna Gee

        November 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        I agree with you. As far as I could learn,lots of these guys work as stylists and designers etc. Of course their lifestyle and money they make can not be compared to what Europeans are used to, but never the less, these kids are probably already doing what they love.

    • annabella

      November 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Agreed! In a recent Garance post,one of her NYC blog guests is quoted saying “Dress for the job you want”! Of course, an easier decision if finances/ opportunities allow,as was the case with Garances’ guest. Anyhow, her guest, already a success ….amped up her wardrobe and even more success was hers. It works.

      But these amazing Sowetan creators, designers,dreamers, ” The Smarties”, have defied the reality of their often gritty but rich cultural lives, and in spite of incredible odds, manage to “dress for the jobs they want”! Because of their passion and creativity, I have no doubt that one day soon, all Smarties, will be completely living their dream lives , whether it be in SA, online, in Milan with their idol Lino… anywhere they want to go. For instance, here they are today “improbably’ on the world’s top fashion/style blog that Scott created. He had a need (a job), passionate desire (style/fashion) and never stops creatively working at it!
      Yes, “The Smarties” are indeed aspirational dressers. Dream weavers, making the most of their now, on their way to much more!

  27. Sevan

    November 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    His attitude makes the suit stands out.


    November 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Amazing picture :)

  29. Yonghoon

    November 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Wow I always browse and never comment, but I just had to for this picture. Excellent.

  30. slimGeNIUs

    November 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Ther is more 2 this Boy ,than meets the Eye.He turned inspirations into day to day living.I am part of the Fuel that assisted this Lantern 2 ignite.Way 2 go Retro …Humbled*

  31. Ricardo O Mokwena

    November 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

    The whole combination is really exquisite,totally sublime nd excellent.

  32. Tracey

    November 8, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Loving the Smarties!


    November 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

    love the jacket

  34. NBI

    November 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Best and strongest picture ive seen in here! This is a beautiful shot!

  35. Helen

    November 8, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Beautiful face

  36. Kaila

    November 8, 2012 at 6:56 am

    wow, so classy! such a well tailored suit. so refined.

    wonderful to see South African brothers dressing so well. :)

  37. Sonali.subbaiah

    November 8, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I remember reading about these men with ‘swag’ in the colours magazine and there was this one man called papa wemba …..70yr old the most sharpest tux and salmon pink shirt!!

  38. Mary

    November 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Two things: 1) It is spelt “Smarteez”
    2) This guy’s outfit is not typical of the Smarteez attire. The Smarteez wear very tight, very bright clothing – hence the Smarteez appellation.

  39. Milo

    November 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm


  40. berenger

    November 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This is the best of fashion: clothes maketh the man… I can relate – although this spirit is as strong as they come – because clothes have often, in my youth, pulled me together, given me attitude and got me going places. This young gentleman is on his way…UP!

  41. Betsy

    November 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

  42. Miranda C.

    November 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    What a contrast! It’s just like trying to put together two entirely different worlds…well, life is always a huge contrast, a confrontation.

  43. Anna

    November 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Isn’t it Beyonce’s sister who already introduced smarties to us on her (great!) ‘Losing you’ video.

  44. SirFrunk

    November 13, 2012 at 7:36 am


  45. GodsKidBrother

    November 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

    lovely portrait of my people and homeland. SouthAfrika!

  46. Leilibon

    November 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Glad SA is finally on the map. Watch out…this man has got SWAG!

  47. Juliette

    November 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

    So this picture raises questions in my head.
    The guy looks really cool and chique. The gold accents are nice, especially his glasses.
    But the enviroment is exactly the opposite. So is there a massive house and wealthy family living on the other side of the street.. or is this guy just misplaced in this neighbourhood? just curious.
    I’m intrigued by South Africa, love to go see it for myself one day.

  48. Lebo

    December 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Can anybody please tell me what Sunglasses those are? Email me please at, thanks in advance.

    On another topic, the gold accents and dashes of brown compliment the rest of the outfit superbly. As a South African I’m proud to see our country being recognized internationally amongst the fashion world and community.

  49. thabane

    May 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

    the satorial genius

  50. thabane

    May 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

    as a young south african interested in fashion,i must say im proud to to finaly see south africans being recognised in the fashion world!perfect pic

  51. vveruvvolf

    June 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This gentleman has many swags.

  52. FrankvanZandt

    November 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    a man of taste…nice tie.

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