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GQ South Africa

GQ South Africa June 2017

GQ South Africa is the first and last word on men's style. With access to some of the world's top photographers and writers, GQ offers professional men content that is entertaining and enlightening. Whether it's fashion, tech, business, Hollywood or investigative journalism, GQ covers it all with intelligence and imagination.

South Africa
Content Nation Media (Pty) Ltd
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11 Issues


1 min.
pulp fiction

It seems we can’t get enough of gangsters, cartels, mafias, mobsters, zuptas... Call them what you will, anything to do with a desperado will draw an attentive audience. Crime writing has always had great appeal to me. It started with two writers who perhaps unwittingly invented the genre – Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment) and Shakespeare (Macbeth). I devoured the thriller writers of their day: Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Agatha Christie. Modernists like Ed McBain, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett bit me hard, as, later, did Ian Rankin, Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy are my pick of the noir writers. Robert Harris, Graham Greene and John Le Carre are political thriller writers of the highest calibre. Crime fiction has successfully made the jump to movies…

1 min.

The brains behind a video blog dedicated to urban culture and city living, Donsa (aka Skinnygenes_ TV) describes himself as the go-to guy on all things culture. Jozi born and raised, Oelofse has lived and worked in Cape Town, Berlin and London. Her images carry a deep emotional feeling, elevating beauty and fashion photography to an otherworldly level. Writing his first car-less feature for GQ about four of SA’s top crime authors, our motoring ed found that joining Roger Smith on a jaunt to the Cape Flats locations of his thrillers is a bigger health hazard than pushing cars to their max speeds. A photographer and director based in São Paulo, Duarte documents youth culture through fashion and urban movements. He loves analogue photography, and his visuals assume an experimental, raw aesthetic.…

2 min.
the hit list

1 THE DRINK A gin with a difference you say? A gin that’s quintessentially South African? We’re in! Wixworth distillery has released a small batch gin infused with Renosterbos, an indigenous shrub found in abundance in the Renosterveld.Wheninfusedwith the finest traditional botanicals, the delicate floral and sweet pine flavours, together with the subtle spicy notes of the Renosterbos add complexity to this gin. For a worthy cocktail, splash a dash over tonic water and a lime wheel. R299 wixworth.com 2 THE SHOE PureBOOST by Adidas is the ultimate running partner. Inspired and created for those who treat every run as a chance to explore, PureBOOST features a versatile, agile and adaptive design. Anything the city environment has to offer is catered for and runners are able to comfortably endure any challenges. The outsole…

3 min.
rocío crusset

‘If you have the will to succeed nothing else matters. Two years ago I was dreaming of being on a magazine cover, and now I achieved it’ Rocío Crusset’s discovery as a model rings similar to a number of the world’s most beautiful people. Naomi Campbell was scouted while window shopping in London at the age of 15, and Kate Moss, then a tender 14 years old, at New York City’s JFK airport. ‘I was 16 and at a concert with some friends in Madrid,’ recalls Crusset. ‘I told my mother but she thought that I was too young and I had to finish high school so that I could get a job.’ But when she turned 19, she walked back into the office of that very same agent who first spotted…

4 min.
hell on high water

Marine hellman Chris Bertish doesn’t look as though he has just paddled across an ocean. His pirate beard is gone. He sits, clean-cut and upright, in a coffee shop drinking an overly frothy cappuccino like any ordinary person. The low babble of the bourgeoisie is bizarrely at odds with his 93-day odyssey across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle board (SUP). Only the intensity of his slightly bulbous eyes hints at the enormity of his voyage from Agadir in Morocco on December 6 last year to Antigua in the Caribbean on 9 March this year. His journey – dubbed the SUP Crossing – was solo and unassisted – barring a coke, an orange and a few chocolates tossed to him from a passing yacht. The best part of that? The…

2 min.
6 rappers killing it with their style

Local rappers have been dropping big singles every other week, with new albums from the likes of Cassper Nyovest, AKA and K.O expected. Besides busting out killer rhymes, these hip-hop artists also know a thing or two about style 1. RIKY RICK Riky Rick deserves mad respect. He’s shaken up the industry by repping Gucci in just about everything he does. He’s evolved from barber shop rapper to a guy who now fits in at Paris Fashion Week and on the pages of the New York Times. Never mind his Kotini Academy for young fashionistas. Here’s a man who is constantly reinventing himself. Check the new GQ Style to see what we mean. 2. DASH With a face like his (not to mention his charisma), Dash was made for TV. What we weren’t expecting…