Is this the best denim for skateboarding?
Photography: Luke Kuisis | Styling: Akim Jardine
When it comes to denim different guys look for different things, and for skateboarding’s Khulu Dlamini that means no bootleg fits, no unnecessary decoration, a do-it-yourself approach to rips and tears and, perhaps most importantly, good value.
“I’m not a professional skateboarder. I’m just a skateboarder. And that means that I’m broke.”
Like crime skateboarding doesn’t pay, and in the same way that he’s creative with how the money comes in, Khulu’s not about to throw it around as recklessly as he does his body. His jeans though? There's no need to be precious and whether it’s grip tape rubbing up against the fabric, wear in the seat from bails, or broken belt loops, whatever he wears eventually wears to him, becoming distinctly Khulu.
Born in Lesotho, but a Durbanite by definition, Khulu calls himself a lifestyler, a guy who’s all about the good times, and so The Way of Us asked him to put a few pairs of basicthread denim through their paces and followed him around for the day.