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Simon and Mary nail a hat trick and H&M get nailed
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I heard a rumour a little while ago about the collaboration between Johannesburg based milliners Simon and Mary and denim makers Real + Simple. A new, local brand of jeans. Yay! It’s finally launched.
The brands both manufacture their products in South Africa and saw an opportunity to work together in order to celebrate the continued support towards locally manufactured goods.The complete collaboration is manufactured in Cape Town using raw selvedge denim. The new brand aims to combine heritage within the denim and with the great brand loyalty that Simon and Mary hold.
The limited collection consists of two cuts of jeans and a woven shirt.You can also find Simon and Mary's new straw Mountie hat exclusively at The Moral Kiosk - a new shop that has recently opened in Melville.The collection is limited and is exclusively available at The Moral Kiosk (Shop 4C, 7th Street, Melville). The Look Book was created by photographer Trevor Stuurman, who styled the shoot in conjunction withcreative studio and design by Jana and Koos (http://www.janaandkoos.studio) featuring model Sobhuza Nkosi.H&M GETTING (JACK) HAMMERED
I’m starting to suspect that the international chainstore H&M is experiencing a little bit of industrial espionage.
The outrage at them was surely warranted and resulted in the high-street giant being forced to release a statement from the H&M Country Manager, Par Darj. It read: “It is clear that our usually high standards of checks and balances have failed us dismally. We know we let many people down. We have apologised for the hurt and humiliation we have caused so many people after we produced a hoodie with the slogan Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” featuring a black child wearing the garment in our global online store outside South Africa. Our position is clear. We got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.”But only a few weeks later the chain is experiencing the outrage of another group. H&M is being forced to recall a range of socks with a pattern that appeared to resemble the word Allah written in Arabic. The illustration was, according to H&M, intended to be a Lego figurine holding a jackhammer.But when some shoppers inspecting the socks happened to turn them upside down, the word Allah written in Arabic appeared.Scrambling to save their politically correct face, H&M has once again issued a statement.
“The print on this sock represents a Lego figurine, any other meaning is entirely coincidental and we apologize if this motif has offended anyone,” it said.
It recalls some of the dirty tricks big companies play on each other to gain market share. Anyone seen Billions? Catch it on Netflix.