Influential men’s fashion retailer John Craig, launches their Spring / Summer 2018 range

I was recently invited to attend the launch of the new John Craig Summer’18 collection launch

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After walking the red carpet, indulging in canapés and signature cocktails, while feasting eyes on models dressed in both casual and smart-wear.

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The new Summer ’18 range was in full effect as  models strutted down the walk-way in our retro-nautical looks.  Think vibrant colors, coming from our v-necks, crew-necks, smart shirts and formal jackets.

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John Craig positioned itself at the center of the Summer fashion conversation.

In an effort to gain market share and reposition the company for future growth, men’s fashion retailer John Craig has completely overhauled its product range at a fashion show, launching its #JohnCraigSummer18 range to critical acclaim at the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch on Wednesday 19 September. This new range has ignited a dialogue about what heritage truly means through relaunching its brand of more than 70 years – resulting in a positive outcome of capturing new customers and an increase in overall sales.

As testament in its longevity, John Craig has been effortlessly adapting and growing with the trends as well as the generations that it serves. The new range includes classic pieces with fierce detailing, clean yet bold colours and statement accessories to match. The #JohnCraigSummer18 man has various personalities, from being a business man, but through this collection his personal brand still associates with youthful modernity.

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Even with difficult times in the current retail landscape, the brand’s bold and brave strategy, has led to outperforming against the odds, making itself standout in an extremely competitive environment by once again taking over men’s clothes interest for the upcoming season, showcasing their indisputable ability of being industry leaders.

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“I cannot believe the success we’ve had in the past six months – it’s amazing. The credibility of the name and our heritage has been the backbone of our success,” says Managing Director, Lily Moreira. “Average spend has come down. We’ve had a decrease in prices so in essence, because of the product assortment, customers have been decreasing their basket size, but we’ve gained more new transactions
so we have grown our sales by around 20%.”

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Make sure to pop into your nearest John Craig store and shop the best in modern summer menswear.

The new range is now available in all stores:

JHB Central
Mark Park Shopping Centre,Vereeniging
Van Der Walt Street, Pretoria
Golden Walk Centre, Germiston
Boulders Shopping Centre, Midrand
Church Street, Pretoria
Vaal Mall, Vanderbilpark
West Gate Mall
Village Square, Rand Fontein
Carlton City
Evaton Plaza, Sebokeng
Forest Hill Mall, Centurion
Cradlestone Mall
Limpopo Mall, Polokwane
Joshua Door Centre, Polokwane
Tzaneng Mall, Tzaneen
Mvusuludzo Shopping Centre, Thohoyandou
Masingita Mall, Giyani
The Crossing Shopping Centre, Mokopane
Phalaborwa Mall
Mall of the North
Jane Furse Crossing
Makhado, Lois Trichard
Paledi Mall, Mankweng
Masingite, Malumulele
Lephalele Mall
Great North Road Plaza, Musina
Thavani Mall
Rustenburg Plaza
Central City Shopping Centre, Mabopane
Garankua City
Jubilee Mall
Northam Plaza
Brits Shopping Centre
Moruleng Shopping Centre
Wonderpark Shopping Centre
Soshanguwe Crossing
Bafokeng Mall
Thaba Mall, Thabazimbi
Brits Mall
Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Pretoria
Wernhil Park Shopping Centre, Windhoek
The Grove, Windhoek
Rundu Shopping Mall
Oshikango Times Square
Dunes Mall
Field Street, Durban
Boardwalk Centre, Richards Bay
Circus Triangle, Umtata
The Galleria
Hemmingways, Western Ave
Edendale Mall
Fingoland Mall, Butterworth
Metlife Mall, King Williams Town
Nonesi Mall, Queenstown
Jozini Mall
Mthatha Mall
Promenade Mall
Gugulethu Mall
Greenacres Shopping Centre
Gilwell, East London
Bloemfontein Plaza
Goldfields Mall
Phakamabile Street, Kimberley
North West Mall, Mafikeng
Oval Centre, Ladysmith
Mooi River Mall, Potchefstroom
Setsing Centre
City Mall, Klerksdorp
Vryburg Game Centre
Kathu Villiage Walk, Northern Cape
Matlosana Mall, Klerksdorp
Kuruman Mall
OK Centre, Emalahleni
Nelspruit Plaza
Groblersdal Mall
Blue Haze Centre, Hazeyview
King Senzangakhona Centre, Ulundi
Inkwazi Centre
Tubatse Mall
Kwa-Guqa Mall
Lebowakgomo Mall
Siyabuswa Mall JC
Middelburg Mall JC
Emoyeni Mall JC
Springs Mall
Alberton City
Southgate Mall
Jabulani Mall
Greenstone Shopping Centre
Maponya Mall
Pan Africa, Alexandra Junction
Tsakane Plaza
Festival Mall, Kempton Park
Northgate Shopping Centre

Randburg Square
Mall at Carnival

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Oscar by Oscar de la Renta EDT

This was released in 1978 and is the first fragrance from him. And as you know Oscar is a famous fashion designed who passed away last year but the brand still lives on. And it is arriving in SA only now though. This fragrance, to me, is like all the good parts of women’s fragrance put together to form a very classic fragrance.

Some of my faves of his designs
Some of my faves of his designs
My favorite quote from him
My favorite quote from him

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Bottle wise: Sharp green and a bit powdery. I get a lot of the herbs in the bottle with a faint trace of florals in the back.

How it smells: This fragrance actually smells a lot like Chanel no. 5 it has the same musky and powderiness to it.  Really strong and last the entire day. A bit of a strange mix but not at all unpleasant with the rosemary and sandal wood being the most dominant note. It’s interesting and definitely smells like a classic fragrance. As Oscar settles down the perfume heads into more floral territory with a smattering of herbs and green rosemary while still retaining that classic powder scent. The fragrance uses florals in a sheer way with a hit of spicy carnation to give those flowers a bit more sway. The dry down is probably my favorite part that sees Oscar head into this warm amber and spicy powder finish with a dash of full-bodied patchouli. I know a lot of younger people who will be turned off by the powderiness of this and I will warn everyone that this does smell very much like a classic. But if you’re looking to smell sophisticated, this is good stuff.

Bottle Design: Oscar’s eau de toilette bottle is a tall glass with a black cap. The shape of the bottle is a bit interesting and sets it out from other perfumes by not being a big tall rectangle. Haven’t actually seen a fragrance bottle that looks like this it really stands out on a shelf. The design is simple yet elegant just like his designs.

Fragrance Family: floral aromatic

Notes: Orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach, gardenia, ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender, orchid, opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, amber. The strange thing about this scent it doesn’t change much from the moment you spray it and I found it quite tough to put my finger on the 3 levels of the scent but i’m loving that notes list and marvel at how well the notes actually work in this fragrance.