Words: Dineo Monareng

A Conversation to Remember 

It was a pleasantly warm Sunday on the 7th of March when the Rand Club opened up its doors to guests for the Brentwood Club and #FixKonversations meet-up. BLQ was in attendance at the holistic, style dialogue.

The Rand Club is located in Marshalltown, nestled in the heartland of Johannesburg. It offers exclusive, scenic views. Refreshing conversations and great exchanges were the order of the day. Advocate for heritage and curator Kwena Baloyi was the host and master of ceremonies at the anecdotal-like session.

For many, Brentwood is a brand that is synonymous with uncles or elder male family members, who wear the 100% Venetian wool trouser pants as a part of their identity, in fact everyone who attended had a Brentwood story to share.

The brand has been around for many years and is ingrained in the style DNA of South Africans. 

Artist Big Zulu opened up the session with his origins story as a brand ambassador, enthralling guests in attendance, including tailors, fashion entrepreneurs such as ‘Suit up Life’ founder Silas Nchabeleng, writers, videographers and musician Zoe Modiga, among others. We were then treated to live music and a three course meal including favoured, flavoursome traditional dishes, samp, succulent tripe and a variety of salads.

‘’Good quality clothes are an investment, they are a part of your legacy’

– #FixKonversations Guest

Traditionally, Sunday has always been a day of dressing up and showing up. And guests showed up, in their finest regalia. Decked out in suits, Brentwood pants and Florsheim shoes. Reminiscent of a scene out of a Sophiatown era film. 

Storytelling has always been a cornerstone of Africa, this session continued this legacy.

Images Brentwood Africa, Silas Nchabeleng

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