The Freedom To Move & Stand Out

The Urban Sleeves venture started with a plastic protective case I bought for my MacBook back in 2015. It cracked in various places within days. It also had no character. By using the plastic protective cases, my MacBook was even more in danger of being damaged. The protection was ugly, made my device overheat, and started to leave marks.

Why would you want to risk the condition of a MacBook with subpar protection? Products should enhance our lives. We should be able to express ourselves through our choices and make a difference. Urban Sleeves designed a product that had soul, made a statement, and spoke about our origins. A tribute to the vibrant city we call home.

Urban Sleeves revolves around an idea. An aesthetically pleasing design. Something combining function, proportions, and attention to detail, bringing together innovative technology and natural materials. They enjoy tinkering with the soft wool felt fabrics and designing ways of protecting these precious devices.

In our day-to-day jobs, we have all watched countless scenarios when attending meetings: members unpacking their entire bag onto the table just to get to their laptops. Pulling cables, pencils, and car keys out of their bags mixed in with naked laptops. Watching the frustration on their faces as they just bumped or scratched their devices and we all know feel the pain when the perfect surface is compromised.

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Did You Know?

In order to keep this precious device safe and protected, you need to invest in a good quality sleeve. Keeping your MacBook covered while it's not being used is a guaranteed way to ensure that your MacBook stays in a good condition for as long as possible.

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Keep Your MacBook Safe With An Urban Sleeve

Your MacBook is an important piece of technology as not only does it keep you entertained, but it also stores your daily work, photographed memories and essential documents. For these reasons, it deserves the ultimate care, protection and attention.

Although the sleeve's main purpose is to protect your laptop from the elements, they also express your character and personality and personal style.

Urban Sleeves are lightweight and easy to carry. With an Urban Sleeve, you not only protect your MacBook, but you also stand out. Wear the iconic Table Mountain or the Joburg skyline on your sleeve. It's a conversation piece on its own.

The Urban MacBook sleeve comes in two sizes – 13 inches and 15 inches – and fits snugly around the device. This is essential.

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For More Information

For more information about Urban Sleeves, visit urbansleeves.com.

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook and Instagram.

WIN!

Four lucky readers stand the chance of winning an Urban Sleeve MacBook sleeve to protect their device.

To enter, simply visit our Facebook page, find the Urban Sleeves post and be sure to like, share and comment on the post. It's as simple as that.

This competition closes on on Friday, 25 September 2020. 

Good luck!

Who Are They?

Nifty Nap Sacks sells one-of-a-kind handmade nap sacks and bags for men, women and children.

What Do They Offer?

Safety Precautions In Place

N/A.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

Where Are They Located?

Johannesburg, South Africa.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website.

WWF-SA is the national office part of the global World Wide Fund For Nature network. This local NGO has worked to inspire South Africans to live in harmony with nature for 50 years. Now, as the festive season rolls around, WWF-SA are bringing good tidings and a waste-free Christmas to the country.

We all know just how messy and wasteful the holidays can be. With all the excess food, drink and gift wrap lying around, our well meaning recycling projects and plastic-free goals can be easily forgotten. Amidst all this wastage, WWF-SA is encouraging all South Africans to remain eco-conscious over the festive period. Urging us all to "refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle".

Following this four-step plan to a waste-free Christmas is a lot easier than it may seem. It starts by simply asking yourself whether you truly need the item you are purchasing. Not only does this reduce waste, but it's an excellent way to save up for the new year! The next step is to ensure that you take your own reusable bags to the store, as well as cutting down on plastic packaging, choosing reusable, durable goods over single-use items instead. 

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"Once you’ve followed all these steps, we also want you to recycle as much as possible." Says Eitan Prince, Digital Communications Manager with WWF-SA. 

The Good Tidings Advent Calendar

To help you on your way to a waste-free Christmas, WWF-SA have introduced their handy Good Tidings Advent Calendara fun, interactive way for consumers to make better choices this festive season. This advent calendar is filled with 24 nifty ways to curb waste over the holidays. These come in the form of videos, demos, blogs, photo galleries, recipe cards and more, created with support from WWF ambassadors, including Chef Zola Nene, media personalities, Zoe Brown, Carl Wastie, Claire Mawisa and sustainable fashion guru, Jackie May.

Here’s a sneak preview on what you can expect from the calendar:

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In December we're getting festive the waste-free way. Today is the first of 24 #GoodTidings to help you navigate a #WasteFreeFestive season. Let’s start with some alternatives to plastic 🎄. Get more good tidings at the link in our bio. #festiveseason #festive #giftingideas #celebration #christmas #festivevibes #giftingsolutions #homedecor #instagood #festivecollection #christmas #xmas #christmastree #christmasdecor #handmade #merrychristmas #christmastime #gift #christmasgifts #holidays #holiday #gifts #christmasiscoming #christmasdecorations

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1. All that glitters is not gold

Sparkly glitter is undeniably festive, but much of it is made from microplastics, which can end up polluting the environment or be consumed by fish, birds and other animals. Consider plastic-free decor, such as glass jars filled with beautiful succulents and decorations made from fabrics or ribbon.

2. Gift wrapping alternatives

Wrapping paper - it's festive, it's fun, it's fleeting. Each year, tons of it finds its way to landfills. So why not use leftover birthday wrapping paper or gift bags? Experiment with covering gifts with fabric, old newspapers or put them into any attractive tins, boxes or jars you may have lying around your home or office. 

3. Show love to local producers

There are many local designers and producers making exciting and innovative products from sustainable materials. The newly revamped WWF e-commerce site features a number of these local gems, such as Uzwelo, a brand that teams up with local communities to convert banners to fabric to make functional, fashionable and affordable bags. These bags are the perfect Christmas accessories for both kids and adults, with funky lunch boxes, laptop bags, beach bags, school bags and shopping bags. 

The WWF online store also has a great range of eco accessories and gifts. We love their eco-friendly reusable coffee cups, which are decorated with the iconic WWF panda logo. Their collection of plushies, recycled jigsaw puzzles and snap cards are also great stocking fillers for the kids. Show your support for the WWF-SA waste-free initiative by stocking up on these goodies or one of their custom hoodies, t-shirts or active wear apparel items. With ladies', men's and kid's clothing, there is something in their store for everyone this Christmas.

Sign up to receive your Good Tidings Advent Calendar here.

For More Information 

Visit the WWF website for more information about their initiatives. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/WWFSA

Twitter - twitter.com/WWFSouthAfrica

Instagram - instagram.com/wwfsouthafrica

Contact them via email at [email protected].

Sunglasses

Vision Works puts emphasis on quality eye care, quality service and fashionable eyewear.

These optometrists are statement makers with fashionable frames that are absolutely gorgeous. You can definitely find something unique here, whether its for sun protection or prescription glasses. You can enjoy amazing benefits and special promotions, thanks to their partnership with Dischem.

With Vision Works, getting trendy glasses won't cost a fortune.

Find more information here.

Optometrists In Joburg

Stationery 

Typo offers unique products, from stationery to everyday items like mugs and purses.

Typo has changed the stationery game, making stationery a fashionable statement piece.

They have perfected the art of quality and beauty.

Find more information here. 

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Jewellery

Nomination offers jewellery pieces that are the epitome of simplicity, elegance and creativity.

They have a wide offering of necklaces, earrings and accessories, to name a few. They have a unique and quirky design approach, ensuring that each piece has character and pizzazz.

At Nomination, you have the option to create your own bracelet by personalising your jewellery to fit your style. This also makes a thoughtful gifting option.

Find more information here.

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Books

Who doesn't love a good book? Exclusive Books has the perfect gifting options for book lovers.

Exclusive Books offers a good variety for the best buy, whether you are getting something for a toddler or an adult.

Here, you can choose from ample genres, and enjoy a quick coffee while you are shopping.

Find more information here.

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Sneakers

Urban street lifestyle is the first thing you will notice when you visit Archive's stores.

Archive are known for their amazing exhibits and depiction of street culture through their sneaker collection.

They have unique sneakers, with a range of limited editions.

Find more information here. 

Make Up

For all things make up, head to M·A·C.

They have everything from lip to brow, shade to base, accessories and tools.

With a signature array of products, you will leave with gifts that are not only on trend, but sets trends.

Find more information here. 

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Leather has inspired many, from designers to fashionistas. This fabric has also contributed to multiple items that we use on a daily basis, including bags, jackets, pants, belts, shoes and many more.

We're going to take a look at some stores and fashion hubs that are inspired by leather.

Drybone

Clothes 

Dry Bone is one of the most leather-inspired brands to hit the South Africa Fashion Week stage.

This brand has dressed up many people who want that magazine, biker or edgy look.

This store is situated in Victoria Yards and is a must-visit for any leather enthusiast.

Rowdy Bags

Bags

When it comes to leather bags, Rowdy Bags is your go-to.

They are all about detail and design. Their bags are finished off with some spontaneous touches.

Rowdy bags caters to both men and women, offering the best variety and incomparable quality. Here, you can get a bag that everyone will be talking about. 

The Executive

Shoes 

The Executive is a must-visit for any man. All men must have at least one pair of good quality leather shoes and there is no better place to get a pair than The Executive.

Leather shoes aren't just paired with formal wear any more. Now, it's quite fashionable to wear them with jeans or chinos. 

Not only are their shoes made with good quality leather, but they also have a range of styles to suit your character. 

So if you're looking for something simple or full of character, you'll find it here. 

Colony Design

Accessories 

Colony Design is all about craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Colony Design takes pride in design and perfecting their classic look.

They specialise in suspenders, bow ties, belts and wallets that are handmade. These provide you with often forgotten items that can really define your look and style. 

What's your favourite leather-inspired store? Let us know in the comments section below!

When you look good, you feel good. And what better way to look good than with an amazing pair of shoes?

When buying new shoes, the most important aspects are quality and design. A brand that offers top quality and stylish designs is ALDO.

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Stepping Up

ALDO has made their way to our shelves, to our great excitement.

This brand takes pride in designs that speak to all personalities, each shoe and bag is unique to its own. Whether you are a man or woman, you can be sure that whatever shoe you buy will be designed to perfection.

The shoes and bags at ALDO inspire your wardrobe, offering an alternative to run-of-the-mill fashion.

Why You Need To Step Into ALDO

There are many reasons why ALDO is a must-have brand. Some of these reasons are:

Design

Design plays a big role in style and this is why ALDO is the best place to find the perfect fit.

They have endless designs, for both ladies and gents, with incredible detail and quality.

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Quality

The brand prides themselves on their top quality apparel, using the best materials to make a long lasting final product.

Style

ALDO offers an array of styles, from heels and formal footwear to sneakers for everyday wear. Their shoes come in a variety of different designs to suit all personalities and tastes.

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Gents

The lads will adore ALDO's range of formal shoes, suited to all fits and styles. They will also love the range of unique sneakers, which will complete any look with a unique touch.

Bags

The bags at ALDO are a hidden gem. These accessories have impeccable detail and a signature style unique to the brand.

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AL-DO With A New Bag And Shoes

Now that we have the low-down on this amazing brand, it's time for some retail therapy.

Young Designers Emporium, better known as YDE; is all about the edge, style, glam and all things fashion. If you have been looking for a place that has all things authentic then this is the place to find it.

The Young Designers Emporium plays an integral role in the fashion industry. They bring you the best garments and strive to give young talented designers a platform.

The Young Designers

The brand has taken it upon themselves to create an awesome platform where rising talent can show the world what they can do.

YDE takes the future of fashion very seriously and its significance in the brand is what motivates them to promote the talent that South Africa has to offer.

Anyone who has the love, passion and talent in fashion can join this influential platform.

Young Designers Emporium

How you can get your stuff out there?

You can read more about the requirements here.

The Emporium

Whether you are a man or woman, YDE has clothes for everyone and if you are looking for something that screams unique - this is the spot.

Young Designers Emporium

Having provided a platform to multitudes of up and coming fashion designers, you can expect to find something fresh, cutting edge and fashion forward. YDE offers different ranges of footwear, clothing from casual to glam and accessories which include belts, bags, sunglasses and much more.

The store is always bringing in limited garments that sell out at the blink of an eye. YDE says,  "Our clothing and accessory ranges and brands are original, sexy and expressive, and cater to a fresh and trendy customer-base who has a keen eye on local and international fashion trends".

So if your plan is to make a statement, YDE is the place you need for a little retail therapy.

The Fashion

Clothing

YDE has different kinds of clothing to meet every occasion so if you visit the store, you will find all sorts of characters.

Whether the look you are looking for something formal or something for a night out - they've got you covered. Both men and women.

Young Designers Emporium

Shoes

The shoes you will find here, you will not find anywhere else. They bring something unique every time whether it's heels, sneakers, formal shoes for the ladies and gents. You will not be disappointed.

Accessories

YDE has every accessory you can think of, giving you many options to choose from, not to mention - a good variety. They also have some young designers who make these lovely items. So whether you want a belt, bag, bangle - they have that and more.

Young Designers Emporium

Some of the talented designers that are a part of the YDE community include:

Keeping organised is a tough task for us all. Whether you have a knack for organising or not, Typo is about to change your life.

Typo is a great solution, offering all your stationery needs. But be warned, their stuff is absolutely gorgeous. You might get stationery obsessed!

Typo is known for its effortless finesse when it comes to creating products that stand out.

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This Is The Typo Order You Need

Typo has built a reputation of having unique products, whether it's for creating order or for cuteness overload.

How Will This Help You?

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They Make Stationery Fashionable

Typo has changed the stationery game, making stationery fashionable enough for people to fall in love with all their products.

They have perfected the art of quality and beauty.

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Bag It Up

They have awesome bags in store, including laptop bags (we love the vintage leather laptop bags, which are a timeless classic), gift bags, backpacks, sling bags and much more.

You can even get matching wallets and bags!

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Daily Use

Typo has a great range of mugs, with many designs to choose from. They also have flasks and water bottles. So if you are looking for some unique gym bottles, this is where you will find them.

Putting the cool in music, Typo offers headsets and headphones so you can start jamming to your playlist in style. And Typo has really cool phone pouches. There are ample accessory options to choose from.

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Gifting

Typo has a lot of amazing products for gift giving, and you collect different colour coordinated items for the perfect gift. You can choose from a vast variety, such as hand lotions, lunch cases, motivational accessories and more.

What More Can We Ask For?

Typo has all that you need, now let's get organised, Jozi!

There is a fine line between love and hate when it comes to packing. That's why we had to share these Luggage Spots, to help you get a load off your shoulders.

We often forget all about the heavy duty of packing when we are heading to an amazing get-away that we have been planning for months, or even when we have a spontaneous trip. And, it all comes back to haunt us when it's time to pack away the clothes.

However, never fear when we are near - we found the right places to get your luggage bags (maybe even a handbag or man bag).

Let's check out these spots...

It's All In The Bag.

Luggage spots

Cellini

Most of us are familiar with this brand. It has been around for a while and is known for variety at its best. Offering suitcases, handbags, wallets and many more options, this brand is all about luxury, quality and style.

Cellini has years of experience in innovative luggage pieces that are long-lasting and stylish enough to fit your tastes. So whether you are an average Joe, lawyer or slay queen, you can definitely find what you want.

Frasers

Frasers Luggage stores have been around for well over 100 years with the reputation of good quality material and leather goods. This business has become a hub of diversity in bags, suitcases and more.

Having started in Cape Town, the humbling beginnings of Frasers became viral, finding themselves at shopping centres around the country. They have become a go-to luggage spot for good quality, affordable and stylish luggage to suit your needs.

Luggage spots

Samsonite

Samsonite is a luggage spot known for their trendsetting travel gear. They make sure that you get any kind of luggage you need.

They are known as the leading luggage provider and we can see why. Whether you are looking for a fashion handbag or suitcase big enough to carry all your dreams, they have got you covered. They also have an online store where you can get all you need and have it delivered.

Let's Get Packing!

So now you know where to go, check out some of these places and you're sure to find something that suits your style so let's get packing, you jet setter, you!

There is a fine line with the love and hate relationship that we have with packing. That's why we had to share these Luggage Spots with you so we can at least get the little load off of your shoulders.

I mean, let's be real - we forget all about the heavy duty of packing when we are heading to an amazing get away that we have been planning for months (even spontaneous ones made in a day), but it all comes back to haunt us when it's time to pack away clothes for the leaving season for the one awaiting.

However, don't fear when we are near - we are going to take off the load even if it's just the tiny part of directing you to the right place to get your luggage bags (maybe even a handbag or man bag).

Let's check out these spots...

It's All In The Bag...

Luggage spots

Cellini

I think we have all become familiar with this brand. It has been around for a while and is known for variety at its best. Offering suitcases, handbags, wallets and many more - this brand is all about luxury, quality and style.

Cellini has years of experience in creating and improving their luggage ideas into innovative pieces that make you feel good about not only long lasting, but stylish bags to fit your taste. So whether you are an average Joe, lawyer or slay queen, you can definitely find what you want.

Frasers

Frasers Luggage stores have been around for well over 100 years, and with the reputation of being known for their good quality material and leather goods. This business has grown into a hub of diversity in bags, suitcases and more.

Having started in Cape Town, the humbling beginnings of Frasers grew viral into shopping centres around the country. They have become one of the go to luggage spots for good quality, fair affordability and stylish luggage to suit your needs.

Luggage spots

Samsonite

Samsonite is one of the luggage spots known for their trendsetting travel gear, and making sure that you get any kind of luggage you need.

Known as the leading luggage provider, their products make you understand why; whether you are looking for a fashion handbag or suitcase big enough to carry all your dreams. They have an online store where you can get all you need and have it delivered.

Let's Get Packing!

So now you know where to go, so check out some of their stuff, I'm sure you will find something that suits your style so let's get packing, you jet setter you!

How To Put Your Head In The Game

If you (like me) are always on the hunt for great and amazing deals, and if the thrift store is your happy place, then you've stumbled onto the right article, as this is your guide to all the amazing thrift stores around Johannesburg. We've looked far and beyond for the best places to hunt for a fab find or two.

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Bounty Hunters Charity Shop

Where: Bounty Hunters Charity Shop, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

They are not only an incredible thrift store, they are also doing it for a great cause. This is a charity shop that depends solely on donations, so if you aren't buying do a good deed by donating a few items you no longer have use for. They support 30 charity organisations, some of which are dependants on this shop. Recently they have extended their reach to people and their pets in neighbouring communities who are financially stressed. So, at least you know your money is going to great, helpful and meaningful reasons.

For more information click here!

TWECO The Curiosity Shop

Where: 225 Beyers Naudé Drive, Northcliff, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Support this beautiful cause whose mission is to assist and promote a variety of registered charity organisations by offering a retail facility for their donated items through affiliation with them. This store will sure tickle your fancy in more ways than one, because you will find everything you want from antique items such as clothes, house decor, furniture, books, handbags, shoes, kitchen ware and many more.

For more information click here!

TWECO The Curiosity Shop

Junkie Charity Store

Where: 77th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

Next time you find yourself around Melville and looking for some great deals, be sure to pop by at the Junkie Charity Store. They were established in 2010 and they sell secondhand items, but hold on don't let the "secondhand items" drift you away from thinking they don't have quality stuff. Their secondhand merchandise is always high quality, interesting and beautiful, which ensures that each visit can be an adventurous thrifting experience.

The charity organisations that Junkie supports are:

For more information click here!

HospiceWits

Where: They have several stores around Joburg. To know which one is near you click here!

Please tell us you've heard of, or at least been involved in lending a helping hand to, HospiceWits. Well, now you do. They say the philosophy that lies behind the active care offered by HospiceWits to the terminally ill is to emphase the importance of living to the fullest with whatever time is left. So, if you're running your thrift errands and confused as to where to go, look no further they sell pre-loved second hand items that are in a sellable condition, including furniture, books, clothing, children's items, accessories, magazines, homeware, decor items, artwork, electronic goods in mint condition, music, DVDs, footwear, chairs, tables, toys, bags, suitcases, gardening items... you name it, they have it!

For more information click here!

HospiceWits

Cash Converters Melville

Where: 9 Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

Maybe you're not looking to buy, but to sell some of your stuff? This is the perfect place to do so. Someone else will enjoy them and they will be taken care of because you know another man's used goods are another man's treasure. And your wallet will be extremely glad to have some company!

For more information click here!

Reminiscene

Where: Shop 106, 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

The name says it all people. This thrift store takes you back in time, giving you the best in vintage and old skool style that will definitely make you stand out with style and class, darling! They have been running for 27 years so you know they really know what they are doing. The shop specialises in period clothing from the 1970s and before. The shop not only has clothes but handbags, leather day bags, evening bags, shoes, gloves and of course jewellery.

For more information click here!

Reminiscene

Dunusa Markets

Where: De Villiers Street, Johannesburg.

Last, but by no means least. This is my ultimate favourite, and I would one hundred percent recommend it to anyone who is looking for quality, real, amazing, affordable, unique styles that you'll probably be the only one owning. Don't believe me? Go check it out yourself, and tell me how many nice things you found. 99.9% of my clothes are from this place, and if I do say so myself, I clean up nice with my affordable thrifted goods from Dunusa.

Shut Up And Take My Money!

Okay good people, now that we know where to find all the gems, let's head out! We've always wanted thrifting partners we're so glad we've found you. Let's go spend some bucks at these amazing thrift spots.

Shut Up And Take My Money!

Do you have any Thrift Stores you can recommend to us? Feel free to comment down below, your opinions matter because we write for you!

What Is Bagmee?

Guys, are you looking for that perfect gift to give your lady? Then stop right there because Bagmee has got just the thing! Their stunning range of high-quality handbags will delight your partner. They have a range of curated brands, for SA's fashion-forward women. Plus, you can buy all their products online!

About The Brand

Bagmee is a family-run e-commerce company that operates from Cape Town. They’re with it when it comes to the latest trends and pride themselves on customer service. Their aim is to be superior in their speed of delivery and personalisation of order! But, what really sets Bagmee apart is that they specialise in handbags and don’t sell anything but, so they are true experts.

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Where To Buy

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a Bagmee handbag, click here. Email them on [email protected], or give them a call on 082 457 5570. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Happy shopping!

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