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Follow your passion with impulse wherever you may go, as this feeling is most true and it will surely encourage and push you towards your purpose. Building a dream from the ground up could prove to be demanding and exhausting – but above all, it is most rewarding. Leave your doubt at the door and keep going. You can’t stop now, you can’t hold back when everything you’ve worked for awaits your presence – to continue forth, to reap the rewards and inspire the dreamers who share a similar vision and are headed in the same direction.

Tshepo Mohlala, the Prince of Denim, has been a part of reputable and successful businesses, including his latter, the South African premium denim brand, Afrikan Swiss. He felt adventurous, restless and more than anything, he felt incomplete. So, he left the groundwork and the stability to start his own enterprise; TSHEPO the Jean Maker. He garners on and revels in his pursuit, driven by a fondness to represent his true artistic self.

How long have you been working on your clothing line and why did you choose ‘TSHEPO the Jean Maker’ as the brand name?

I've been working on the brand since February and it came to life months later. I wanted to create a signature brand as the likes of Versace, Levis, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, and Ralph Lauren. Only this time, such a brand would be produced locally.

Leaving Afrikan Swiss as the co-founder and Marketing Director, was it a difficult decision to make? What encouraged you to stick to your guns?

Leaving Afrikan Swiss wasn't an easy decision to make because the team and I worked hard to create what Afrikan Swiss is known for today. I wanted more and I needed to challenge myself. I love creating great functional everyday wearable jeans that are affordable and of great quality. This fuelled courage drove an undying urge to pursue me, the guys gave their blessings and they support my choice.

Where will you be selling the clothing from and when do you plan on introducing the jeans for your female market?

I am currently selling the jeans online. People who are interested in owning a pair can place an order by reaching us through known channels. My design team and I are working on a range that we will launch and thereafter introduce jeans for our female market.

What pieces are readily available to your customers at the moment? How often will you be releasing new designs?

We have created and perfected our first design - the straight slim-fit cut which is suitable for everyday wear. They are functional and practical for any occasion and activity. Our brand focuses on creating classic jeans with a touch of modesty. We will be releasing three other cuts.

What sets your jeans apart from your competitors? Are you bringing something distinct to your brand?

TSHEPO jeans are designed and produced locally, with quality material. Our cut is perfectly tailored for African men.

You have three other specialists who are part of TSHEPO the Jean Maker. Why did you choose to work with them specifically?

I’ve recently rearranged my initial team and we are in a process of working with a PR company and other specialists who have in-depth knowledge of their fields. These are people with experience, business and industry knowledge and it is important for us to partner with people who are dedicated as much as we believe in the brand.

What has been the most challenging and rewarding part of starting a new business in such a fiercely competitive market?

Cash flow is a challenge in starting a new business. It takes confidence to compete in this saturated billion-dollar industry. It is encouraging and rewarding to witness people supporting a new denim brand in the market.

Why launch the brand now, Was it a strategic move?

We had no other reason to wait longer, our first pair of pattens were ready. This is also an introduction phase for the brand, to get people familiar and formally introduce our clients to it.

You launched the jean brand at +Jozi Hub, the space is a cultural center, how was that experience for you.

The most important aim was to show people what we have created and to allow personal interactions. The response we received was amazing even though it was a cold night. People still came and we were humbled.

What have you planned for the coming year? Are you working on any projects?

We are planning to launch three other cuts and introduce more product mixes. Our greatest goal is to create a home for our brand and gain a larger clientele.

Who knew you’d be part of the things you’re doing now? Who knew you’d succeed when you pushed and tried one more time? Nothing happens by chance; everything you do builds on to who you are and what you’re meant to become. So don’t doubt yourself, take in everything that’s around you and make it all a part of you. What stops you? Push past the doubt and pull towards your aspirations.

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She is the guiding spirit behind the ITS competition for young designers (International Talent Support), which she has orchestrated since 2001. Barbara Franchin combs fashion and design schools around the world to help creatives blossom in the most remote places on the planet. At the close of the 12th edition of ITS, held in Trieste on July 12 and 13, she summed up the show's take-aways and the current hottest trends.

Did you have a hard time organizing ITS ?

Barbara Franchin: This year was the hardest of all. Due to the financial crisis, public institutions cancelled all their subsidies. While public support only represented 10% of our budget, it was a significant support. Economic difficulties have taught us to streamline our organization to a higher degree, but ITS requires a huge amount of preparation. Eve, the company that organizes the competition, employs ten people full-time and 80 in the weeks leading up to the event. 

It is a complex operation. In September, we start with a world tour of fashion schools. Then we have to make the first cut of the 1,000-plus applicants and portfolios that we receive each year. Then we have to compile the jury and judge a second round. And finally, there is the production of the event. We managed this year, thanks to obtaining a new sponsor through Swatch, who joined our other major patrons [Diesel, YKK, Swarovski, ed].

Your archives contain the collections of your finalists and the portfolios of applicants from around the world. In terms of the portfolios that your receive, have you ever been disappointed by the collections that were actually presented?

BF: The candidates assemble these portfolios to illustrate their projects — a mini-collection of five to eight pieces that more or less relates to their graduate collection. Some of them are complete masterpieces. We get something of everything! We have received portfolios delivered in blocks of cement or ice, or in stuffed animals. We even got pieces of furniture in which each drawer revealed a design. But often the craziest portfolios do not lead to the most beautiful collections.

Which are the most creative countries?

BF: Right now, the Asians are very focused and strong. The Japanese, Koreans and Chinese are very active. They try in every which way to get me to understand their projects. They are very motivated and used to a hard fight to get what they want. There is currently strong economic growth in China and Korea that allows them to come to Europe and show off what they can do to a larger audience. And then creativity is always changing. Currently, Europe is in a recession. Fewer young people can afford expensive fashion schools. So there are fewer European students.

What were the major trends this year?

BF: We are seeing a big comeback of materials, worked in every imaginable direction. There is still an intellectual approach, but it is coupled with this investigation of material that functions as the key to understanding the piece. For example, jewelry is no longer set in the traditional way but designed as sculpture. Generally speaking, young people today are more mature. They are aware of what they are doing, how they think about it and how they want to communicate it. They are no longer happy with just making a piece of clothing. They are also thinking about the larger context. It is no longer enough to be the designer. They start to have more experience and work more on all aspects of their work.

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Any Nike SB collector knows how good the “Send Help” Dunk High colorway is, and they also know how hard it is to come by, especially now that it’s been almost a decade since it released. That all being said, if you’re still looking for a pair, this new colorway of the New Balance 1600 may just be your more easily acquirable and cost-efficient option. With some obvious similarities to the Send Helps, the classic New Balance runner gets a black and bright blue upper accented with white throughout, for one of the cleanest versions of the shoe in a while—Send Help comparisons or not. Look for them soon at select New Balance retailers.

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The moment draws open as time itself seems to dilate… somehow the very second you’re living in seems to drip by in a languid, lethargic way… you focus, simultaneously, on everything unfolding around you… aware of so much, and thinking so little… suddenly your sense of self seems to simply dissolve as your awareness and your actions merge magically into one synchronized, intuitive, and creative moment.

You’re in the flow. You are about to make the shot, sink the put, break through your long-standing personal record, finesse the sale, finalize the project, create your masterpiece, accomplish any of your lovely life achievements.
Science has begun to seek out the ‘stuff’ that makes these flow moments so special. They’ve studied, tested, and teased out the components in an effort to understand how, when and why they happen.
Their efforts have led to a definition. Flow is ‘an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best,’ which would lead us to believe that an experience of feeling the ‘flow’ would be as different and unique as we are. Not true! Further exploration revealed there are a few qualities that appear in almost all experiences of flow, from increased concentration and improved creativity to non-linear timelines. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (check out his amazing TED talk), who coined the term ‘flow’ in scientific jargon, relates the experience as being one where
Ego falls away. Time Flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.

Probably the most poignant quality to pervade the ‘flow’? Most people speak directly to a loss of sense of self, or self-consciousness! In essence, when you are in the flow you feel an overwhelming sense of oneness and unity. You are co-creator and created all at once. Your performance peaks, your intuition ignites, and your creativity soars.
Why is the Flow so Phenomenal?

In a recent study run in Australia, 40 research subjects were presented with an exceptionally tricky brain teaser—the kind that requires a deep creative insight to solve. No one solved it. But when ‘in the flow’, 23 subjects got the answer right and in record time! In a study run by the Flow Genome Project, the same result was found: people reported being 700% more creative in flow!
As Steven Kotler puts it,
Flow is a thoroughly transformational experience. A considerable pile of research shows that on the other side of the state, we’re more confident, capable and aware….top executives reported being five times more productive in flow. This means, if you spend Monday in flow, you can actually take the rest of the week off and still get more done that your steady-state peers.
Even better, the people who have the most flow in their lives are the happiest people on Earth.
How Do You Find the Flow?

The Physiology of ‘Oneness’

The idea of experiencing a loss of ego, self, or self-consciousness isn’t necessarily unique to the being in, or feeling, the ‘flow.’ In fact, it is a hallmark quality of other practices like intense athleticism, meditation, prayer, and even deep sleep. What, you may ask, do all of these activities have in common? The answer lies in the pre-frontal cortex.
mind imageDuring these activities our bodies begin to experience a sense of deep calm, shifting sublimely from a fight/flight/freeze sympathetic state where our lizard brain runs the show (read more about how to assuage your lizard brain here) and towards the nourishing parasympathetic neurology. This bathes our higher brain in a proverbial flood of new blood and neuro-chemicals. Our pre-frontal cortex becomes less hyper-active, decreasing our sense of ego and self, while our dorso-lateral pre-frontal cortex (the seat of self-constructed limits, doubt, and criticism) stops its hyperactivity entirely. The increased blood flow and decreased tension result in an increased awareness, a sensation of one-ness, and a profound increase in courage and creativity.

The Power of an Entrainment

Network Spinal Analysis, like deep meditation, sleep, and spiritual practices also increases blood flow to the frontal cortex while subtly disengaging the stressed fight/flight/freeze neurology. By finding places of access, resource, and ease, and connecting to them your body can begin to unwind and entrain the tender, tight, and stuck places in your spine. You will begin to bring brand new blood to your higher brain centers, allowing you to achieve a new state of oneness.
We, too, can help you feel your flow!
Its estimated that as little as 5% of the entire population of the world experiences any ‘flow states’! 

Article by Dr. Nicole
Source : Wellbeing Centre 

An estimated 200,000 South Africans will be starting their studies at one of our 26 public universities in January 2020. Most will remain based at home but many will be in university residences or rented digs and will need to furnish their accommodation. Estelle Nagel of Gumtree SA offers key advice on how to go about this.

Furnishing student accommodation can be a very expensive and time-consuming process but it doesn’t need to be.  If you plan properly and buy good quality, previously-owned goods online, you can set yourself up cheaply and quickly. Buying new items is completely unnecessary for a student lifestyle and often a waste of money (as much as R10,000 per student can be saved).

Varsity res spaces are usually small and often come with some furnishings. Make sure you have checked the room dimensions, and what’s already in place, before you buy anything.  Also check out the communal areas where you may find things like a microwave available for your use. Once you know what you need, and the size it can be, then get online and look for good local deals.

Rented digs usually are communal spaces so you need to co-ordinate with your digs’ mates. Check the lease carefully for what is already provided (or maybe left behind unwanted by the previous tenants) and then see what anyone can contribute from home. Draw up separate lists for your own requirements (your bedroom) and for the communal needs (kitchen/eating area/lounge). For the latter, you will need an agreed budget among you all – check the Gumtree prices for a good guide to ensure you have a realistic amount of money set aside. Don’t over-commit in the first buying phase – get what’s essential and then add later if you need.

Collection and/or delivery can be a hassle. If possible, arrange for collection of all your purchases on the same day and do one run to save petrol money and time. If there are larger furniture items involved, rent a cheap bakkie or a trailer (both can be found on Gumtree services) and do it all in one go.

Give it a lift. It’s amazing what splash of colour or a lick of fresh paint can do. Set aside some time to paint your purchases or clean them up with sandpaper or metal polish.

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