LEAF APPAREL by Salik Harris

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LEAF APPAREL by Salik Harris

LEAF APPAREL by Salik Harris

LEAF APPAREL by Salik Harris

LEAF APPAREL by Salik Harris

What a special overlap of energy and creativity. I look forward to seeing this young designer become the face of the skater-boys frontier of style. Where do you train for this?

Diesel, Ed Hardy, Gant are the likes of his training vehicles. He describes a duality that occurs naturally in nature, which he uses to channel his vision into his designs. (Very deep this brand and guy!) He says’ he is sticking to his own ethos.

Red Bull. Yeah, my girls and I know exactly when this drink is the one thing standing between us & the dance-floor. Mara, this time, I am lucky to say, it was hosting me and many fans of breakdance and hip-hop centric expression in the Mother City. Seeing the effects of Red Bull on the B-Boy Taaufeeq at this years Red Bull BCOne is a girls answer to everything. I screamed for my favourites and the sheer athleticism of these young dancers in the BBoy style. It’s amazing.

The cosmic affirmation came when I saw that Taaufeeq was wrecking competitors dressed in Leaf Apparel. Our feature exclusive this week.

So imagine my surprise when I am staring at Salik’s family tree and who do I find? A female South African icon and pioneer, they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree:

Between 1935 and 1963, Zainunnessa ‘Cissie’ Gool was probably the most politically powerful woman of colour in Cape Town, yet her history has remained largely undocumented and unknown even in her own city. This article traces a skeleton of the biography of Gool and offers a few reflections on the process of making two theatre pieces, Cissie (2008) and This Woman is Not for Burning (2011) (www.tandfonline.com)

Cape Tech honours her memory with permanent pieces, artists, tell and re-tell her story on theatre stages and the Western Cape remembers her as a trend-setter, a pioneer and a brave woman.

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