Here's What SA's Best Dressed Man Wants For Xmas

Seth Shezi shares his festive plans and gifting ideas

Words: Sibusiso Mkize | Photographs: Supplied

With his charismatic personality and impeccable sense of style, Seth Shezi is on a winning streak this year and is certainly not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. 

Superbalist reached out to the Durban born tastemaker to find out life after scooping the mega style award and what are his festive season plans and wishlist are. 

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How does it feel to be one of GQ's Best Dressed Man of the Year?

First of all just to be nominated in the top 10 alone is a huge fashion accolade, one that a lot of us imagine and low key wish for but never imagine would ever happen, but over and above to be named the number one best dressed man of the year, now that was just unexpected and beyond cool.

I’m a huge supporter of the fashion industry and I use my creative aesthetic to show people how they can incorporate local designs to their mainstream wardrobes – through my published writing and social media.

I’m always cognizant to use it to promote the fun, expressive side of fashion as well as give young designers a platform that might give them their break, so this award is like the industry to a degree turning back and saying, “we see what your unique style and versatility brings to the table and what it adds to the general style narrative, keep it up”.

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What are your plans for the festive season?

As part of my work throughout the year I have to be out and about, locally and abroad, so this festive season when work slows down, it’s time for me to actually stay in one place and unwind. I’ll be staying in Cape Town for most of it, and then for Christmas I’ll be going to Durban.

What’s your ideal gift for this festive season?

I’m a huge fan of sneakers, but I NEVER ever know which ones to buy, currently obsessing over the new Puma, Nike and Adidas range – so if a friend or family member could take out the guess work and gift one a pair of sneakers they think suit me best that’d be rather neat.

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What gift are you planning on giving your loved ones this festive season?

A holiday to Cape Town for my younger siblings as a reward for doing well at school (They’re straight-A cool nerds so they deserve the spoil). Naturally once they are here, they always want to shop, they are 14 and 15 years old so they are all about Snapbacks and chunky kicks.

What item of clothing is a must have this summer?

A new pair of summer kicks, even if you’re not a sneaker person and you live on a solid diet of All Stars and Stan Smiths; getting a new pair with that perfect sole will do the trick.

Pink chinos, whether you’re preppy or a skater, you need a pair of dusky pale pink chinos in any shape/cut that serves your chosen subculture.

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What's on your Superbalist wishlist?

  • The yellow Diesel S-KBY stripe.
  • A new pair of Adidas Stan Smiths for the culture.
  • It may be sweltering out, but you got to look good and smell good, Issey Miyake Nuit D'issey.
  • It might be summer but some days will be nippy, especially if you’re in temperamental Cape Town so the green Vodan bomber from G-Star RAW won’t go amiss.
  • A lightweight (ideally unlined) blazer from Only & Sons will keep you looking suave without sweating.
  • Kitchen Craft Lustre decanter set.
  • Kitchen Craft 700ml Stainless Cocktail Shaker.
  • Hesh 3 Bluetooth Headphones from Skull Candy
  • Black Sketch Pad Pro from Emerging Creatives.

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