Winter with 32 Clothing
There’s a cold front arriving in Joburg tomorrow (unwelcome visitor much?) and I’ll be honest – despite having spent a good chunk of my life living in the North East of England, I’m still awful at handling winter. I love coats and boots and warm, fluffy jumpers, but at heart I’m an African baby, and I’d really rather be in my swimming cozzie and sandals most of the time. So when news of a downward weather trend hits, I tend to go into a little bit of a slump (read as: I curl up into a ball and weep and refuse to get out of bed.)
But this winter I’m determined to get better at being a reasonable adult, which in my case means accepting that throwing a huge coat and a pair of tights on with my standard wardrobe isn’t really gonna cut it, and I need to invest in some proper winter staples – which is where 32 Clothing come in.
I went to a party to celebrate the 32 Clothing launch in Maboneng a little while back and was really excited by what they’re doing in SA. If you’ve ever spent time in the UK, Europe or America, you’ll be familiar with the T J Maxx/T K Maxx concept, but this hasn’t really been done in Africa before – until now.
The idea is simple: 32 Clothing travel around the world buying up stock from quality brands and designers and then sell them at wholesale prices of up to 80% below the original department store regular prices. Which means that you’re getting brands like Levi’s, GAP, Tom Tailor, S. Oliver, Cheap Monday, Banana Republic, and about a thousand others at a hugely reduced price. If the thought of this doesn’t already have your heart racing, I’m not totally sure that we can be friends.
We popped into their Rissik Street store over the weekend and I picked up three jumpers, three beanies, and a lovely pair of Cheap Monday jeans – all for just over R600, which is pretty darn amazing. So when Ant and I set off to spend a weekend in the chilly Magaliesburg, I was fully prepared (for once) and very, very happy in my warm winter wear. Come at me cold front.