09.02.2016

Doing It

Pearl Thusi and Sandile GQ take the Nike Tech Knit for a spin

Words: Dylan Muhlenberg | Photography: Chisanga Mubanga

Following up the highly popular Tech Fleece pack is a brand new technology driven collection, Tech Knit. Engineered for warmth and comfort, and designed to respond to the wearers environment and level of activity, the gear works for both athletes pushing the limits of their physicality as well as less strenuous everyday activities. The knit construction feels luxurious but is also ergonomically designed to enhance flexibility, ventilation and has been reinforced for added warmth.

While it's world-class athletes LeBron James and Maria Sharapova who are driving the Nike Tech Knit internationally, we know that most fans won't be wearing it to sweat in, which is why we dressed local influencers Pearl Thusi and Sandile GQ in the new collection for a look book that captures the versatility of this exciting new collection.

PEARL THUSI

Job: Entertainer.

Hood: Republic of Africa. 

Goals: To die with nothing left to do.

G.O.A.T: Jesus.

What are you working on right now?

On improving all the projects I’m currently working on. TV, my hair care products (Black Pearl Hair), radio and acting. I’m also always striving to be a better mom. Anything that is still coming up is to not be spoken of. The game is to be sold not told.

Something you’ve always wanted to do is?

Hang out with Meryl Streep. Working with and learning from her would be quite epic.

What’s your morning routine?

Its never the same. Depends on the priorities I’ve set out for each day. Often it's: wake up, drop my daughter off at school, go to gym and do errands. That’s when I don’t have work during the day. If I do then I wake up, shower, prepare if I haven’t already and head out. Of course inbetween there will be the looking in the mirror and reminding myself how bad ass my day is going to be. Centering myself and focusing on the goals I have for the day. I also try and pray everyday.

How do you workout?

As long as it makes me fitter and isn’t boring then I'm there like a bear. I enjoy Sweat 1000, boxing, bikram yoga and running.

How many times a day do you look at your phone?

Too many.

What’s your favourite emoji?

Side eye and embarrassed face.

What was your most liked Instagram post?

No idea. My daughter is probably on it though.

What song do you want to be playing when you walk into the club?

Pearl Thusi by Emtee. I think it would be a nice entrance for me.

What’s the best part of being a celebrity?

I don’t know, I'm not a celebrity, please ask Mandela. People don’t really celebrate me or most of my peers. They enjoy loving or hating me. I'm just famous at the most. The word is used loosely.

If you could only wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life what would they be?

No woman should have to answer this question. 

Nike Tech Knit keeps LeBron James and Maria Sharapova warm off the court. How do you think it will work for non-athletes?

I’ve found the perfect synergy between comfort and fashion with Tech Knit. This line is perfect for walks with my daughter and, especially in my case, for long haul flights. It can be cold and uncomfortable on planes and it's awesome to have clothes that breathe, keep you warm and are as comfortable as this collection is. I love the fabric and design. The designs are also easy to wear and very functional. There are so many ways you can make them look edgier as well without compromising comfort. Comfort and swag are always a winning combo.

How would you incorporate the Nike Tech Knit into your regular style? 

Accessories. Strong yet subtle accessories. A dope time piece would do the trick, the right rings as well. I’d also pair this up with bad ass heels for some edge.

Describe your downtime style? Do you dress differently when away form the cameras?

Super comfortable. But it's hard to achieve the balance of loose comfy clothes with fashion. Which is why this collection is amazing. I don’t care about the cameras. I'll dress downtime vibes if the occasion calls for it. If I’m on a red carpet then yes, definitely.

What were the best and worst decisions you made in getting you to where you are today?

Trusting people. You are only as strong as your weakest link. I’ve been way too open and trusting. I’ve felt betrayed and so on but I consulted with myself and decided that it was my fault. I trusted people with information because the moment was right without knowing their flaws. Best decisions were the risky ones. The greater the risk the greater the reward. I find it hard to give up on things I really want but I’ve also learned to trust God’s timing. Getting the right manager. I’ve also never let go of my true essence. I’ve adapted but I haven’t changed the core of what makes me the Pearl I am and have aspired to be. I’m happy.

What were the important turning points in your career that ultimately resulted in your success?

Like I mentioned above, it was the risks. For example - doing RGB was a risk because I was trying to carve a career as an actress, so a gossip and lifestyle show wasn’t really on the cards and was never going to look good on my acting profile. But RGB is the very reason my acting career grew faster. More people would watch in hopes to see me fail. I believe most were disappointed that I didn’t. Management plays a bigger role than people think in an entertainer's career. My name represents a team of people working with me. So my name is a business for more than just myself. That feels pretty good but it's also a lot of pressure.

How big a role does social media play in how the public perceives you?

It’s the closest to a physical representation of who I am to clients and the public. It’s a direct line of communication and also helps me figure out what’s working and what isn’t. It also helps in addressing issues that I would otherwise have needed someone else’s platform for.

SANDLIE "GQ" NTSHINGILA

Job: MTV Base VJ.

Hood: Born in Soweto and i now stay at Winchester.

Goals: To get into radio and get my business off the ground and running.

G.O.A.T: Kanye West but I see myself as one in progress.

What are you working on right now? 

I'm working on a company that I just registered, and looking for other opportunities to expand my brand.

Something you’ve always wanted to do is? 

Invent a cool product or solution that would solve world problems.

The next big thing is?

Is it safe to say - me?

What’s your morning routine?

Brush my teeth and spend a good ten minutes thinking.

How do you workout?

I'm currently doing a training program for gaining mass that takes place throughout the week until Saturday.

How many times a day do you look at your phone?

Well most of my day since my work also needs me to be online and active.

What’s your favourite emoji?

 😍 - I use it a lot with my girlfriend.

What song do you want to be playing when you walk into the club?

Teargas - Take it Easy.

What’s the best part of being a celebrity?

Traveling and meeting people that I'm inspired by.

If you could only wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life what would they be?

The Air Force 1 Flyknits.

Nike Tech Knit keeps LeBron James and Maria Sharapova warm off the court. How do you think it will work for non-athletes?

It will become the new cool for technology like that to become part of daily life for the street. Just imagine what the technology will lead to? Lighter gear that adapts to the weather and is cool.

How would you incorporate the Nike Tech Knit into your regular style?

I would need to wear it more and learn more about the technology so that I can know how to put it together with the gear I have and my street style.

Describe your downtime style? Do you dress differently when away form the cameras?

Not really, what you see on TV is all me.

What were the best and worst decisions you made in getting you to where you are today?

I don't have too many bad decisions, but mostly good. My journey to where I'm at now has been organic and amazing. All I want see is it growing more.

What were the important turning points in your career that ultimately resulted in your success?

The small chats I had with Tim Horwood and MKay from Boyzin Bucks have shaped me so much.

How big a role does social media play in how the public perceives you?

So far I have been honest about my actual life, detailing all the normal things I do, like, playing basketball with my friends and blushing from the great things my girlfriend does, to getting new kicks... That makes my followers see me as a simple guy who is easy to approach.

 

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