Tutu meets bow

bow headband & tutu

This is for the girly-girls

At swank, we’d like to adorn everyone in bows.

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Swanky mama: meet Refilwe


Refilwe Mothobi, creator of refkaycollection 

Refilwe and I go way back to our university days. She is a Media Studies graduate and mother of two stylish kiddies: Bohlokoa (7) and Mothobi (2).

Let’s take a look at the lady behind refkaycollection.

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Be yourself


Look mom, no bow tie

At swank, we don’t believe in conformity (what is considered as ‘the norm’ anyway?).

The above outfit idea is a merry mix of colour and playfulness. This is the type of attire our little dude chooses to wear to a play date or on an outing to the mall.

Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Freedom Day 2016

The 27 April commemorates the day South Africa held its first democratic election (1994).

We celebrated the day with an extraordinary ‘mother’ from the Clover Mama Afrika project. The project identifies women making a difference in their communities and trains them with skills, to be self sufficient.


Mama Mary

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French ingenuity

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Pics taken at the French Street Festival 

Where do the old-school and somewhat nerdy suspenders come from?

After visiting the French Street Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa this past weekend; it hit me. The humble suspenders – made famous on tv by Larry King – emerged in France during the 18th century.

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Happy feet

Men's fashion socks

Skinny Sbu Socks

Sock – a garment worn on the foot or a hard blow – “a sock to the head.”

Skinny Sbu Socks is hitting men’s fashion out of the park with its funky designs which are available in a range of colours.

The brand is unique and proudly South African. We support local businesses and absolutely love the story behind each pair of socks.

Image source: http://www.timeslive.co.za

Fashion icon #1

Mi casa

The Mi Casa crew

Walking through the boys’ clothing aisles, it is evident that little dudes lack local, trendy accessories to make that fashion statement.

As a mother of a swanky almost-three-year-old dude, I celebrate Africa’s unique style by adorning him in African-print bow ties, check suspenders and happy socks.

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Can you speak African?

African bow tie

The African soul captured in a bow tie

The vibrant colours and personalities of Africa are fascinating. I was born in Botswana, spent a lot of time with family in Zimbabwe, finished my schooling in Namibia; and now reside in South Africa.

My inspiration emanates from the vivacious Herero people, the beautiful geometric shapes of the Ndebele, the earthy tones of the Tswana and the electrifying energy of South African street culture.

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