my adidas kicks

what i like about my Ransoms is that attention to detail, check out the inner sole!


The Spring/Summer 2011 collection of Ransom by adidas marks the full evolution of our philosophy and concept; a product designed to enhance a rugged lifestyle with an aesthetic that withstands the test of time. Our fourth offering features a number of distinct changes to our silhouettes, with various colourways and materials added and modified to better suit the warm weather. Light spring colours look best under the sun, while weathered canvas and cottons provide a welcomed airiness to each step. Waterproof suede, neoprene and rugged cordura are also available for mischievous journeys and off-road excursions.

source: Ransom Holding Co

Adidas versus Puma: Origins of a rivalry between brothers

At the opening whistle of a 1970 World Cup finals match, Pelé stopped the referee with a last-second request to tie his shoelaces and then knelt down to give millions of television viewers a close-up of his Pumas.
Pelé was complying with a request by Puma's representative, Hans Henningsen, to raise the company's profile after receiving $120,000 to wear the shoes.
This clandestine advertising was a huge triumph for Puma over Adidas in the early days of the battle for market supremacy in sports merchandise.

Barbara Smit, a Dutch author and journalist, spent five years poring over the archives at Adidas's and Puma's headquarters in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach to research Rudolf and Adolf Dassler, the brothers who started making sports shoes in their mother's laundry room in the 1920s before becoming sport and business giants.

Her new book, "Drei Streifen gegen Puma," or "Three Stripes Versus Puma," tracks the rise of the Dassler brothers during Germany's sport-obsessed 1920s, their cooperation with the Nazis, their ugly postwar split and their hatred-driven competition that created separate empires.

This clandestine advertising was a huge triumph for Puma over Adidas in the early days of the battle for market supremacy in sports merchandise.

"As embittered rivals, the estranged brothers led their respective companies to the top of the world," Smit wrote. "Muhammad Ali, Franz Beckenbauer and Zinédine Zidane became legends in the three stripes of Adidas while soccer god Pelé and Boris Becker achieved global fame in Pumas."

The book chronicles the decline of Adidas (founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler) and Puma (founded by Rudolf Dassler) as they were caught off guard by Nike and the failure to spot new trends like the boom in running.Adidas and Puma have recovered from their brushes with disaster as publicly owned companies in the vibrant $17 billion worldwide sports shoe industry, but only after long and messy separations from their family owners.

"I was fascinated by the mixture of this incredible family rift, the business feud and the sporting triumphs, which forged two mighty brands recognized all over the world," Smit said of her book, which draws on U.S. intelligence documents and more than 200 interviews conducted around the world.

Although most of the two companies' production moved to low-cost countries long ago, handmade shoes for some big names, like David Beckham, are still produced in Germany.

In the palm of my hand.

Buy or DIY ?

I fall hard for anything pony haired with studs, just like these little monster purses from Pixi Market

Junk To Thesis Social Picnic

As you know Sunday 02 October 2011 will be the first ever Thesis Social Jam Session picnic. We are teaming up with JunkOnMe, a brand best known as one of the pioneers of house music in Soweto. Pre-sold tickets are available at Thesis Concept Store for R40. But if you decide to buy tickets at the gate they are going for R50. For more details and to confirm your attendance RSVP on the event

There will be a StakeHouse101 Pop Up Butchery! they are a cool innovative butchery and shisanyama that serves fresh quality meat. You have probably enjoyed the juicy and tender meat at the past Thesis Social Jam and JunkOnMe events. You and your buddies can pre-order meat for a braai at 0793646431. Pre-orders are available from R100 upwards, and for individuals, hampers will be sold on the day ranging from R30.00.

We'll be sitting under the shade sipping a glasses of lemonade and listening to the soothing sounds of Malehloka and Vikter Duplaix. To compliment the ambience we'll be selling throws to chill on. Think about it, camp chairs are too much admin, they get lost and throws? ... Throws are best because you buy one for only R20.00 and you get to keep it for yourself, you can take it with you to your next picnic!!!
China's Deep Inside CD will be on sale. And guess what's coming to grace us again... the Adibus will be there popping peanuts in the air, so come take pics on their cool photo booth, you can tag yourself in their their Facebook albums and stand a chance to win great prices!!

Don't fret, the ThesisPopUpStore will also be in the heeza, for all you spotty fans, we will have new stock on the day for sale. Magazines, StrussBob caps, Paez and Thesis t-shirts will be on sale!

This will be a picnic to remember, tell all your friends to come through.
Follow @thesissocialjam and @Junkonme_events on twitter and
like the pages Thesis Social Jam Sessions and Junkonme family on Facebook to win awesome prizes!
Lest get trending on twitter hash tag #JunkToThesis
Alcohol and food will not be allowed inside the venue.

Turn around, bright eyes.

Fendi 2012 Spring

I think I feel a little DIY coming along. You can normally buy gold leaf at speciality Deli's or art stores.

Now all I need is a masquerade to attend.

Images sourced from nobodyknowsmarc and other various tumblrs. 

Yeah they were all yellow.

Yellow, lime, mustard, canary, lemon, gold ... anyone else noticing this massive trend ?

Not everyone looks good in yellow, so I think that is why we are seeing a lot accessories in this warming colour instead. What do you all think of it ? 

Pictures sourced from various blogs and tumblrs. I do not claim ownership of any of the following images.

Putting poor people to good use

Today Liz and I went to a hearing held by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development on the new HomeBASE program, which is supposed to help eligible families avoid homelessness.  The hearing focused on the regulations themselves, and how they might be fine tuned; we were there mostly to talk about the implementation end.

To put that in human terms, when a young woman with a baby (apartment lost in the tornado, didn't know about FEMA, staying for 2 months with a friend in subsidized housing whose own housing is now at risk because of her presence) goes down to the Dept. of Transitional Assistance to apply for Emergency Assistance (necessary before you can apply for HomeBASE) and is twice told she is not eligible and turned away with no written explanation, then something is wrong with the implementation picture.  It was not until she came to Arise with her story and we gave her a flyer (thanks, Mass Law Reform) about HomeBASE, with certain key parts highlighted, and sent her back down to DTA, that she was able to get help.

The hearing today wasn't huge.  Some advocates came, and some agencies charged with administering some aspect of the program, and a couple of poor people.

One of the testifiers (this was an official hearing) is the head of a local housing agency.  Among other things, he spoke about how the housing rate is set too low, and may, through the law of unintended consequences, concentrate poverty in particular areas.  I've heard him speak about the need to have our neighborhoods economically diverse before; and while I agree with some of his analysis in theory, it's really a much more  complicated scenario.  So i thought i knew where he was going.  But I was wrong.

"Poor people should be able to live in more affluent neighborhoods," he stated, "because they need people to hire for the low wage jobs."

My mouth fell open.  I could not believe what I was hearing.  And he went on later to speak about how many homeless families are coming from out of state, and shouldn't these scarce benefits be preserved for the people on his long housing waiting list, a point nicely countered later by someone else who said that studies show a statistically insignificant difference between the needy families who come to our state and our needy families that go some somebody else's state, which also has long waiting lists., etc.

I've been pondering  his remarks all evening.  Let me get this straight: at least a few of us (not too many, mind you) should live in affluent neighborhoods so we can do their dirty work?  Can we all get hired to become maids and gardeners?  Can we wander their snowy neighborhoods with shovels?  (Actually, we do that already.) Work in the convenience  and mega-drug stores?  (We do that already, too.) And wouldn't affluent people really prefer we commute rather than live next door?

As classist, serf-like and  preposterous as his idea is, it also belongs to an era long gone, never to come again.  This isn't the Fifties. Most people's fortunes have been rolling downhill for decades. Sure, we still have a few affluent neighborhoods in Springfield, but they're ragged around the edges, and in a city where nearly thirty percent of us live below the poverty level, there just aren't enough affluent people to go around-- not here, not anywhere.  

Even the HomeBASE program, rotten with good intentions and riddled with  regulations, is predicated on the belief that, starting basically from zero, a homeless family can turn its life around in just one year.Do these policy makers and administrators read the same news that I do?  Is anybody predicting the economy will recover in just one more year?

I have a lot more I could say about we what we, as poor people, need to do, but that's another post.

Edson & Masta Lee From Patta...!

Masta Lee Checking Out some gear...

Masta Lee and WirelessG

Buli & Edson...

Edson and Masta Lee dropped by Thesis Concept Store for a visit. I have to say these cats are an inspiration. Legends in our world...While you at it check out their world: Patta...

THESIS birthday tea party

THESIS was born on the 27 August 2005. It was born in the concrete streets( yes, they were not dusty) of Soweto. In almost the center of this magical place of Soweto, surrounded Phiri, Mapetla, Zola, Emdeni, Dube, White City & Dobsinville! We fell in love with it; got together & spread the love!

Instead of having another big ass party: we had a tea party & we shot it! Just a little something to remind us how we were when we young! The story is Alices in Sowetoland! It’s a love story & the rest is history.

It’s a mixture of our new spring/summer collection titled SWAT- Special Wear & Arts Team & other items in the THESIS apparel! It’s an appreciation of the artisans in our broad industry. A musician with a mic, a poet with words, graffiti artist with a spray can & an illustrator with pictures! Like the real SWAT (Special Weaponry & Arms Tactics): they have their own special weapons to combat creative situations!

And don’t we just love them!

STR.CRD 2011

The Adidas Invasion At STR.CRD

Andile Cele & WirelessG

Puma Stand

Wandile, Edson (Patta) & WirelessG

Cognito & Paul...


The King Of The Street MJ 23

Adidas Pop Up...

Uno & LeeAnn

Edson & WirelessG on some street talk...

Adidas Jeremy Scotts

Continuation of the Adidas invasion...

Bhubesi those shades....

The Dlova sisters...

SK, Lufuno, KG, Buli

I have to say these are the king of the streets MJ 23

The Kicks...