6 Shots from STR.CRD: Pop-Up Shops

Photos from STR.CRD: Pop-Up Shops in Jo'burg.

Last night's sneak peek of the pop-up shops at STR.CRD displayed an impressive line up of this year's brands. Top Shop, Palladium, Tiger, and other big names were there alongside local South African outfits like 2Bop, Crazy White Bitches and Missshape. The parking garage at Constitution Hill once again became the playground for industry folks and journos (all strapped with DSLRs). The pop-up shop reveal was a test run for the labels before the festival is opened to the public today and they fared very well.

The free Jameson prevents me from remembering who I was speaking to, but after telling someone that I missioned to STR.CRD to see what the kids in SA are up to, they told me "the kids will be at the festival tomorrow, tonight are the grown ups who take inspiration from their DIY style and commoditize it." There may be some truth to that, but ultimately there were also some pretty original looks on the racks.

JakobSnake and his Gaartjie crew hosted the official after party at Braamfontein's staple debauchery house Kitcheners Bar. it was a packed-out free-for-all that ended when our asses got shoved out the front door at 4am. Once again, kinda fun.

Today's the main event. Let's see what the kids are doing this season.

Photos by Karabo Maine.

STR.CRD organisor, Hardy McQueen

Durban-based MISSSHAPE label

Lost Property Mail Order

Bonus Photos


Fani (right) from Crazy White Bitches

For more STR.CRD coverage take a look at these 6 snaps from opening night.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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