Klines - A one stop accessory shop


For the first time I will be blogging about a retail company in South Africa – and what an honour it is indeed. I was first introduced to this brand via a friend on Facebook, and once I saw the amazing accessories they had, I simply had to contact them for a blog post.

Klines started as a small company with 5 people in head office and it has now grown to 24 stores nationwide and a large work force. They focus on giving our customer the full offering meaning, they do not just specialise in jewellery but also hats, bags, scarves and more. Klines wants their brand to be remarkable and they want their customer to feel WOWED when she walks into the store and sees the beautiful product. Another remarkable aspect from Klines is the fact that they care for the environment and they use recyclable carding for their jewellery to hang on. This brand also believes that it is important to support the local production and designs of products – another key aspect that will only better them in the South African market. With accessories that is up to date and on trend – they offer their consumer any accessory her heart desires.



Klines offer their consumer a wide variety of Jewellery, Handbags, Evening Bags Purses, Scarves, Head Jewellery, Hair accessories, flash tattoos, sunglasses, watches, hats, flip flops and body jewellery. This is most definitely a one stop accessories shop. This brand does not make use of brand ambassadors as they feel that every person in the company is their brand ambassador and they feel that the consumers who wears and loves their products will promote it on their own. With branches located from Cape Town to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Vaal-area, Witbank, Welkom, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Middelburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Richarsbay and even Kathu, Klines most certainly knows what their consumer wants and provides in thei every need.

This brand has also been featured in several publications such as Sarie and Fairlady. When I asked what their experience was with bloggers, Klines replied by saying the following:

“We feel that bloggers are a very important voice in the South-African market. Bloggers have the freedom to choose what they want to write about and the blog-readers know that the information they are getting on blogs come from an authentic and honest source. It is therefore a great honour to be talked about in the blogging community seeing that it creates exposure for our brand in a very authentic way.”

It is such a beautiful thing to see that strong, independent companies like Klines supports South African bloggers as well.

I would like to thank Elzaan, the social media and communication liaison from Klines for answering all the questions I had about this brand.

I know that Klines has an even better and brighter future in the South African market.

C
xxx

Be sure to check out their website by clicking on the image below:

Latest merchandise from Crane Apparel


So last week I saw that Timo Crane, CEO of Crane Apparel, shared a picture showcasing new products for Crane Apparel. With a successful range of watches, Timo decided to add a collection of stunning wood and leather bags, but before I tell you all about this amazing new merchandise, I would love to give some background as to what and how Crane Apparel started.

Timo is a very diverse young man, finishing his B.Sc Microbiology degree in 2011 and taking a leap of faith and went on to study BA Drama and he also completes his BA Honors degree in 2014. With friends, he started Two’s a Company Productions as they saw a gap for a company to create jobs. Two’s a company was founded as an initiative to inspire young visionaries (actors, musicians, and entertainers like us) in the South African entertainment industry. At the time neither Timo nor his friends knew a thing about film making but they researched and watched a ton of Youtube tutorials. In a short film competition the main prop that they used in the film was an origami crane – something that will have a massive impact on Timo’s life.

In the beginning they hustled a lot, doing jobs that they sometimes not completely knew how to do, but still succeeded. To date, Two’s a Company has produced numerous corporate and music videos and have taken part in various short film festivals and won best script – twice!

With the re-branding of Two’s a Company in 2014, Timo knew that the Crane used in the logo was a very strong identifying feature. With some extra money Timo thought how he can use this to market Two’s a Company in a way that it will force people to look at the logo – and the idea of the amazing wood watches was born. After that Timo though that he can make this into a brand of its own and Crane Apparel saw the light.

Although Timo initially looked into importing watches from China, he soon discovered that other wooden companies in South Africa all imported from the same manufacturer in China – so he then made the choice of producing the watches locally creating more jobs in the process. Although this is a process that he might have underestimated in the beginning the end result was successful. The first wood watches were produced in his living room – showing us all that small beginnings is sometimes necessary.

And now, the latest Crane Apparel merchandise is something that really took my breath away. These bags came along to diversify the brand of Crane Apparel and they are also handmade in Timo’s living room. The aim is that once the demand of the products increases, manufacturing centers in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town can be opened. Timo wish to create jobs specifically for unemployed actors as a segment of the unemployed population, instead of targeting a broader group. Seeing people who dreams have died is certainly a big motivational force behind creative job creation for Timo. He would like to provide a creative environment for people while they are in between jobs.

Timo said that he sees countless possibilities with the Crane brand and I can assure you that I feel the same way. In times like today where a degree cannot always assure you a job it is such a beautiful thing for me to see how people create jobs, not only for themselves but for others as well. I know that the Crane brand has an extreme bright future in South Africa and I feel so privileged to be able to bring you all the latest updates about this brand via my blog posts. But with any further ado, have a look at the stunning new bags that is part of the Crane Apparel. These bags will be available on the Crane Apparel website from tomorrow – so be on the lookout.




I am so excited about Crane Apparel’s future in South Africa as the South African consumer market are always on the lookout for new, trendy and good quality products – something that Crane Apparel can offer to each and every one of the consumers. My dream for Crane Apparel is that it will expand throughout South Africa and that these products will be available at a wide variety of retail outlets. I strongly believe that it is people like Timo who change the world, one small step at a time.

"Anything is possible; the word itself says I’m possible”. ~ Audrey Hepburn

Be sure to check Crane Apparel’s website by clicking on the image of the logo:



C
xxx


The Carolina Factor in collaboration with The Black Tux


The 10th of October was National Tuxedo day and to celebrate this I decided to give some tips for all of you guys out there and style a few outfits for the ladies as well.A company called The Black Tux is raising awareness on National Tuxedo Day and this inspired me to share some tips. 

The Black Tux is an online suit and tuxedo rental company that feels nothing like the normal traditional tuxedo rental company. At the Black Tux they don’t just dress people for occasions; they dress people to rise up to the occasion. Furthermore The Black Tux is a simpler, more modern way to rent a suit. Their mission is to inspire people to feel like their best selves, let loose, and creates lasting memories. They invest in the highest quality, well-fitting tuxedos and suits and have simplified the rental experience so that the wedding party can just focus on the big day.

So here are a few tips that I think is essential when styling a tuxedo look:
·         Keep in mind that you can style a tuxedo look a bit more informal with your tie, shoes and belt. All of this depends on the dress code given to you for an event.
·         Sometimes I like to tone the look down a bit for guys by adding a tan coloured shoe. This immediately gives a more laid back feeling, but still keeping the look formal.
·         When guys have to attend an event with a cocktail dress code confusion usually jumps on their faces when it comes to choosing something to wear. One big tip I can give guys for a cocktail event is to keep it toned down but not casual. Now is not the time for your chino pants and sneakers. Rather go with one of the tuxedo’s like seen on the Black Tux’s website and add some of the following shoes, ties and belts:
All items available at Woolworths. 
And guys, here hare ten tips you should really keep in mind when putting on a suit:

1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.
2.Thin lapels are more modern where wide lapels are more old school.
3. Pocket squares will always add an extra level of polish.
4. Always remember to check the fit, especially in the shoulder area.
5. A collar gap between the lapel of your jacket and shirt can be an indication of an ill-fitted jacket.
6. When you can choose, go for a more grey or charcoal colored suit or tuxedo as grey is a more versatile color that goes with a lot of other colors.
7. Your belt should be thin and should resemble a color that is also seen in your shoes.
8. Remember to add formal shoes with your look - sneakers will just spoil the whole thing.
9. Double vents at the back of your jacket are more modern and fashionable.
10. When you are going for a slightly more casual, but still trendy look, try a single button peak-lapel jacket.

Although the styling for this blog post is mainly for guys, I simply could not resist adding three possible outfits for the ladies out there that will look fabulous with one of the Black Tux’s look for a cocktail event.



Mint cut out dress available at Mr Price.
Tan high heels from Miss Black Jones available at Zando.
Cork tan coloured clutch available at LDJ Collection.
Love birds necklace available at Wooden Lace.
Flowerchild crown available at Wooden Lace. 


High neck asymmetrical drape dress in khaki green from London Hub available at Spree.
Strappy high heeled glitter sandals in gold from Steve Madden available at  Zando.
Gattaca clutch from Mimco available at Woolworths.
Wood and metal collection rings available at Wooden Lace.
Flowerchild crown available at Wooden Lace. 

Asymmetrical cutaway neck mini white dress from Catwalk 88 available at Zando.
Two toned court shoe in nude/cream colour from Diva available at Zando.
Amazonia envelope clutch from Mimco available at Woolworths.
Black and Gold flowerchild sunglasses from Wooden Lace.
Flowerchild crown available at Wooden Lace. 

I hope all of you had an amazing National Tuxedo day. Remember to check out the Black Tux’s website. 




C
xxx 

(All the items used in this blog post are available at the following retail outlets:)


Black & White Edge

Black & White Edge

River Island white top
885 ZAR - riverisland.com

Pencil skirt
4 825 ZAR - torannce.com

Short boots
13 425 ZAR - charlotteolympia.com

Balenciaga tote bag
29 385 ZAR - balenciaga.com

Alexis Bittar crystal jewelry
3 590 ZAR - neimanmarcus.com

Quay cat eye sunglasses
485 ZAR - princesspolly.com

Night Out

Night Out

Loose fit dress
15 970 ZAR - montaignemarket.com

Giuseppe Zanotti ankle strap sandals
22 055 ZAR - couture.zappos.com

Lipsy brown handbag
1 150 ZAR - lipsy.co.uk

Ruby Rocks golden necklace
105 ZAR - silkfred.com

Nude Perfection

Nude Perfection

Palazzo pants
540 ZAR - 2020ave.com

Charlotte Russe bamboo shoes
565 ZAR - charlotterusse.com

Niels Peeraer leather handbag
10 040 ZAR - luisaviaroma.com

Olivia Burton rose gold jewelry
1 570 ZAR - the-dressingroom.com

Tom Ford aviator sunglasses
6 015 ZAR - barneys.com

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