Tuesday 29 July 2014

Linn Products Raises The Audio Bar In South Africa

The global leaders in precision-engineered music systems, Linn Products, is making its long-awaited re-entry into South Africa with the announcement that Sphere Custom Design will be its sole distributor in the country. Their product range officially launches on 22 July at a function that also celebrates Linn’s association with the award-winning Higland Park whisky range.
Sphere Custom Design will grow Linn’s presence in the South African market through sales, marketing, service and support.
Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn’s Managing Director is thrilled by this new partnership, noting, “This new relationship will help us realise our ambitions for Linn in a market that is strategically vital for our vision of Linn’s future. We are all excited about the great potential of this most progressive and demanding market”.
The launch coincides with Linn’s 40 birthday celebrations, which saw the company release 40 limited editions of its signature Sondek LP12 turntables, housed in oak plinths made from the casks that previously housed the iconic Highland Park whisky. Each one of these editions is accompanied by a special Linn bottling of Highland Park 40 years old.
The Sondek LP12 was the first product produced by Linn and is still the standard by which all other turntables around the world are judged.
Highland Park will be at the event to serve guests a taste of their 12 years old and 18 years old whiskies, the latter of which was crowned the best spirit in the world twice in the last decade.
Mac Mabidilala, Edrington Group Brand Manager at RGBC, says, “Highland Park handcrafted single malt whisky recently partnered with Linn to facilitate a remarkable relationship between award-winning whisky and exceptional music systems. We are honoured to be a part of introducing the craft, heritage and dedication to quality of both these brands through Sphere Custom Design in South Africa.”
Sphere Custom Design’s Technical Director and Owner, Christiaan Beukes, says, “We share Linn’s passion for enriching people’s lives through music, ensuring the highest quality customer service and uniquely tailoring every project to the highest degree. From conception to completion, Sphere Custom Design works with their dedicated base of installers, retailers or directly, to surpass the expectations of each of its clients.”

Monday 28 July 2014

The Ultimate in Luxury - The Macallan at MBFWCT

The world’s most prized whisky, The Macallan, provided a rare opportunity to those who appreciate luxury and exclusivity to view a bottle of 62-year-old whisky in bespoke Lalique crystal in the Mercedez Benz tent for the duration of the Cape Town Fashion Week (24 – 26 July 2014).
The Macallan, which broke its own Guinness World Record at the start of the year when one of its bottles sold for US$628 000 on auction, creates its whiskies based on six pillars, their curiously small stills, the finest cut of the distillation run, exceptional oak casks, natural colour, peerless spirit and its spiritual home.
In its collection of the oldest whiskies ever produced as a range, Macallan is representing these six pillars in the form of six whiskies, each housed in a unique decanter design, created by the legendary French crystal house Lalique. The whisky that was on display is the fifth and latest release in this series, with the decanter crafted to represent the spiritual home pillar. This spiritual home refers to the Easter Elchies manor house that has stood on the estate where the Macallan is made since 1700, and also adorns its label. It is the only manor house of its kind to be part of a distillery estate in Scotland.
The Macallan Lalique V: The Spiritual Home is the second-oldest whisky ever released by The Macallan. Few distilleries in the world have the stocks to match The Macallan for its ability to release whiskies of such extreme age and quality. Only 400 of these unique whiskies were produced and carefully poured inside the decanters. It retails upwards of R250 000.
“This is the ultimate luxury spirit for the select few who are lucky enough to experience it,” says Nicol Gongota, Brand Ambassador: Macallan. “This is a whisky that is crafted for the VVIP, the person who does not only values the nuances that enrich a whisky that spends in excess of half a century in a sherry barrel, but who also appreciates the fine craftsmanship to create a decanter of exquisite beauty. These elements combine to redefine the concept of extreme luxury.
“We are therefore proud to display this whisky at an event and location that are synonymous with luxury brands.”
The rich dark colour of the whisky serves as a hint to the experience of sampling this unique spirit. The nose brims with treacle, raisins, blood orange, cinnamon, ginger and chocolate. This translates to a rich and viscuous palate filled with figs, oak, ginger and cigar leaf that lingers on the tongue.
The addition of the 62-year-old means that the visual display of The Macallan’s six pillars is almost complete. The whiskies in the range have been released periodically since 2005. Previously, the 50-year-old (exceptional oak casks), 55-year-old (natural colour), 57-year-old (the finest cut) and 60-year-old (the curiously small stills) were all released in their own unique Lalique decanters. As the collection has grown, each release has become more desired and anticipated.
“The six pillars of The Macallan tie in well with the tree-pillar tie-in between Lalique, the Cape Town Fashion Week and ourselves,” says Mac Mabidilala, Brand Manager: Macallan. “This is the first time that this decanter will be on display in South Africa and we believe it is the perfect platform to exhibit a creation of such class, luxury and exclusivity.”
The Macallan Lalique V: The Spiritual Home was originally filled to American oak sherry-seasoned casks in November 1950.
Inspired by the artistic genius of Rene Lalique’s legacy and Easter Elchies House, Lalique’s Marc Larminaux interpreted the harled surface applied to the sandstone walls of Easter Elchies House by creating a textured frosted surface on three sides of the decanter, an effect created through the use of a digital stamp of the actual wall. One of the frosted sides features the bold initials, of the builder, Captain John E. Grant, replicating the initials which are incorporated in the original date stone, which can be seen high up on the western elevation of Easter Elchies House.

Thursday 24 July 2014

Da L.E.S Birthday Celebration – The VIP Room

Join Da L.E.S tonight at the VIP Room for his birthday celebration! It is going to be one epic night so make sure you are there!
The event starts at 10 pm.
Maude Street, Michelangelo Towers Mall, Johannesburg, Sandton.

Thursday 17 July 2014

Inside the AugustineGold Capsule Collection

A few weeks ago, the Swag Craze team, attended the launch of the AugustineGold capsule collection. Today we give you an inside look into their amazing collection, which you can order, directly from the Augustine store in Parkhurst or from Gold Street Online. The AugustineGold collection ranges from everyday to statement pieces for both men and women. Styles include hooded blazers, tailored biker pants, sheer bombers, leggings and the must have AUGUSTINE leather biker jacket.

Wednesday 16 July 2014

The Cotton On Foundation Partner With The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Cotton On Group is thrilled to announce its philanthropic arm, the Cotton On Foundation, that has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, demonstrating its commitment to building healthy and sustainable futures for South African communities in need.

The partnership will see the two Foundations come together to focus on areas in line with the Cotton On Foundation’s pillars of education, health, sustainability and infrastructure. These areas of focus will include four key programs that will support five schools with libraries, a food security program and toilet infrastructure, as well as a separate education-based initiative supporting women’s health in rural communities.

“We are honoured at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to be working with such a dynamic, unique and inspiring organisation that shares our same values and beliefs. Together we will have a huge impact and create positive change for the people of South Africa,” said Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sello Hatang.

The Cotton On Foundation will partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to deliver these programs through the sale of its products in Cotton On, Cotton On KIDS, Typo, Rubi Shoes and Cotton On Body stores across South Africa.

Established in 2007, the Cotton On Foundation believes education and opportunity hold the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and aims to build healthy and sustainable futures for communities in need, across the globe. Since arriving in Mannya six years ago the Foundation has:  created over 3,000 educational places, built healthcare centers and delivered healthcare to over 70,000 people, created water harvesting and boreholes and created over 500 jobs, through its projects.

Through its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Cotton On Foundation will support the following projects, which will be rolled out throughout South Africa:
  • The Mandela Day Libraries: will improve literacy nationwide and will be supported by the provision of educational books, librarian up-skilling and e-literacy through a further partnership with Vodacom and their “digital classroom” e-learning hubs
  • The Mandela Day Food Security Programme: will take place during the July and December school holidays in support of the Dept. of Education Daily Nutrition Programme, ensuring a continuation of learning and development of scholars. 
  • Caring4Girls (Trek4MandelaDay) – Imbumba Foundation: is a menstrual hygiene programme for underprivileged girls in rural communities providing them with puberty and menstrual hygiene training and support.
  • Toilet Infrastructure through Amalooloo:  is aimed at the reduction and ultimate elimination of pit toilet infrastructure in schools. The Cotton On Foundation will partner the rollout of such infrastructure in conjunction with the Depts. Of Education and Social Development.
Mandela Day is the 18th of July 2014, what are you going to do to keep Madiba's legacy alive? How are you going to spend your 67 minutes to make the world a better place? Share your ideas with us!

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Gateway’s Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show and Concert

The Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show and Concert is the biggest date of the year on Gateway’s calendar. Months of planning went into putting together the VIP list, selecting fashion designers as well as the performers for the concert. It was no surprise that local and national celebrities, designers, media and business executives came out in numbers to attend the event on the 4th of July at the Wave House.

Personalities such as multitalented actress and singer, Lucia Mthiyane; Top Billing presenter, Simba Mhere; Top 12 Miss SA 2014 contestant, Julia Petersen and international actor and Mzansi’s Sexiest Man 2012, Sipho Masebe attended the event.

“The event was beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show, especially the Zarth segment. The performances were excellent. The Kiffness stood out for me the most, but it was DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik that kept me on the dance floor. Gateway did an amazing job with the gift bags as well. I felt so spoilt,” says Lucia Mthiyane.

Fans of The Roger Goode Show were in their element when the show was broadcast live from the Wave House from 4pm. The Ultimix at 6 was performed live by the dance master himself, DJ Kent. Gateway has successfully partnered with the Vodacom Durban July event for the past six years with the 2014 event being the most glamorous instalment yet.

Look out for other exciting events at Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday 9 July 2014

4TH STREET WINES – Presenting The Party Perfect Single Serve!

In a dazzling display of innovation, 4th STREET has announced the launch of a lightly sparkled wine in a sophisticated 300ml bottle. The first of its kind in South Africa, the 100% pure natural wine invites consumers to enjoy an array of new wine drinking occasions made possible by single serve convenience. 

Unashamedly uncomplicated, easy drinking and flirtatious, 4th STREET is a wine inspired by the bright lights of big city living and drunk by vibrant socialites with their finger on the pulse of what is hip and happening. Noting an increased consumer demand for low alcohol drinks and on-the-go accessibility, 4th STREET made the decision to explore the single serve wine category and launch a new product offering.  

The sleek and stylish 300ml bottle, boasting the iconic 4th STREET skyline, invites wine drinkers to explore new and exciting drinking occasions - from glittering dance floors to festive weekend picnics. Gear up for a girl’s night out, refresh at an outdoor party or wind up at a rooftop fiesta with the must-have party accessory from 4th STREET. 
  • 4th STREET wines are made with grapes sourced from carefully selected vineyards across the Western Cape.
  • 4th STREET Lightly Sparkled Rose:  Deep coral pink colour and packed with delicious sweet berry flavor.
  • 4th STREET Lightly Sparkled White: Youthful and fragrantly refreshing with hints of vibrant tropical fruit salad.
  • 4th STREET Lightly Sparkled Red: Fruity and soft with smooth sweet cherry and ripe berry aromas.

Purchase 6 x 300ml packs for a retail price of R63.00 each available from leading retail stores and supermarkets.
For more information visit:  http://www.4thstreet.co.za
Also like 4th STREET wine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/4thStreetWines and follow them on Twitter @4thStreetWine

P.S. Swag Craze recommends the wine especially on a fashionable night out in the city!

Friday 4 July 2014

Experience True Luxury With Macallan And The Durban July

If there is one event fashionista’s around the country can’t help but get excited for, it’s the Durban July. But it’s not just the races that make the Durban July a must-attend event; it’s the overall experience, incorporating luxury and excellence.
In saying this, one of the most esteemed single malt whiskies in the world, The Macallan is offering one lucky person the chance to win a prize as exclusive as the whisky itself.
Those attending the TMT Marquee tent at this year’s Durban July stand the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience at African Fashion Week in Cape Town. Macallan’s Sub-Saharan Brand Ambassador, Nicol Gongota, will be on hand to provide insights into Macallan’s stunning new 1824 series, including The Macallan M, which represents the rich heritage and craft that go into whisky making.
The 1824 series is a range of unique and luxurious releases worthy of The Macallan name – all 100% natural in colour and 100% sherry. The range consists of The Macallan Gold, Amber, Sienna, Ruby and M – all wonderfully different, yet all beautifully crafted, rich and full in taste.
Like The Macallan Fan page on Facebook or follow @MacallanSA on Twitter and post your Durban July #MacallanMoment to stand a chance to win the grand prize – a trip to attend Cape Town Fashion week in true Macallan style, including flights, two nights’ accommodation and meals, and access to the exclusive Mercedes Benz VIP lounge.
Much like The Macallan, Cape Town Fashion Week is the ultimate expression of style and luxury. Both the whisky and the exclusive event are testament to the importance of mastery, craftsmanship and design.
Join The Macallan at The official Vodacom Durban July TMT Marquee for your chance to win the ultimate Macallan experience at African Fashion International (AFI) Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town.

P.S. Tickets for the TMT Marque are available at: http://www.thegigsa.co.za


Thursday 3 July 2014

Missibaba Brings Us A Colour Block Capsule Collection This Winter

Missibaba designer Chloe Townsend and creative partner Lizel Strydom launched a capsule collection using autumnal inspired leathers sourced on South American travels.  

A true celebration of sixties inspired colour, the colour block collection adds a pop of retro glamour to the dreary winter months. The use of on-trend dark navy leather to frame contrasting colours allows them to shine individually with a gold geometric edge.  The introduction of exotic textures including patent, sheepskin, snake and crackled leather give the collection's clean aesthetic an alluring edge. 

The collection boasts two new bag styles and a new jewellery piece alongside iconic Missibaba styles. Pieces within the collection are in keeping with the COLOUR BLOCK theme – single colour panes broken into interesting shapes and framed in matte navy.

The San Telmo Hold All is a unisex handheld carrier perfect for day or night. The bag is made of rich walnut leather with handles and trims in Crazy Horse tan - a vegetable tan leather with hardwearing qualities that ages beautifully. The style is also available with the option of different colours and textures in the middle panel.

The Feria Clutch is a true festival of colour with the added benefit of thoughtful practicality. Credit card slots, room for essentials, a back zip pocket for valuables and quick, easy to open fastening make this piece a wardrobe necessity. The bag can be worn as a handheld clutch or over the shoulder as a small sling.

The Daisy Chain is a double-sided neckpiece available in a variety of bold colourways with the reverse in navy vegetable tan. Attached to a long brass chain, the statement piece can be easily adjusted by the wearer to fit their desired length.

Chloe and Lizel worked with photographer Lar Leslie on the dynamic COLOUR BLOCK campaign. Shot on Africa’s Next Top Model runner up Opeyemi, the campaign brings the collection’s retro Autumnal colour palette to life in an eye-catching and slightly offbeat way.

The collection available for purchase from the Bree Street store in Cape Town, and the Birdhaven store in Johannesburg and online at www.missibaba.com. 

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