November 26, 2012

Public announcement.

Good day Jammers and Family

We know that you all have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the now infamous Thesis Social Jam Session, aka TSJS. This national popular culture phenomenon has been a part of what nourishes urban youth culture for a period of four years. Over the years, subscription TSJS forces have grown at an exceeding rate, with the event growing numbers that not only occupied the street, but also was extended to the surrounding parking lot.

Despite this incredible growth of a formidable lifestyle brand that fosters community and youth entrepreneurial spirit, there seems to be loopholes in the current city by laws that are being exploited to put a halt to the revolution.
This became apparent to the TSJS team, when the session was shut down for no apparent reason by the local law enforcement officers.
Despite numerous and heartfelt efforts by the TSJS team to keep in tact an iconic and organically South African urban youth culture brand, it would seem that the situation has reached a significantly dismal dead end courtesy of bureaucratic and bias Joburg City Management procedure.
The situation has reached ridiculous proportions, with The Thesis Social Jam Session officially being RED flagged by the Cities Event Management Structures.
Despite following due process for the planning of events as prescribed by the X Law, various players within the Johannesburg Event Organising Committee commonly known as JOC have taken great and in many instances unreasonable measures to ensure that we do not succeed in our efforts to continue - as it stands, the Police were not willing to grant us the permission letter in order for us to do the session, and they have not given any valid indication of why the permission cannot be granted.

It is with a heavy heart, that the TSJS Team officially announces that on this day 26 November 2012, that the final session for 2012 will not be taking place circumstances and exploitation of our cities laws, furthermore, there would be no more Thesis Social Jam Session at all after this one.

The implications for US? We FUCKED because we will not be able to grow our consumer base in our own space. What does this mean for YOU? 
You will lose out on a spot that was as authentic, open aired and willing to accommodate all cultures in Soweto, a spot that could cater for various levels of tempo and ambiance, a space that brings you closer to your senses about the music, comedy and poetry scenes in Soweto. This is the reality.

In light of these developments, we are already working on a bigger version of the Thesis Social Jam Session, which will be called Thesis Social Jam Festival that we will host annually in Soweto. We will be launching a quarterly magazine that will encompass changing the face of two shops, just like Thesis did. We see ourselves as an idea incubator and that will never change.

“All good things never come to an end, they evolve into something bigger”

November 7, 2012

Spring//Summer gear

Sunday 28 October.
Call Time: 10h00
Model: Wandile Zondo
Stylist: Mangi Mbitsana
Photographer: Vice Nene aka godskidbrother

After talks and long nights of meetings, we came to the conclusion that we needed to shoot the product we have in store. Why? First Wandile loves the camera (think Nike Slyza link), secondly we still working on our mobi-site//app that will have clothes and an online store and lastly, we pride ourselves in working as a team and collaborating with others like our good friend Vice Nene aka godskidbrother

Thesis Globally accepted VEST

Red bucket hat + Temperacha camo shirt

Thesis water repellant navy chino's + Temperacha camo shirt

Thesis Bucket hat + Thesis Jean check shirt + Thesis water repellant beige chino's

Thesis Follow the sun "kasi sailor" T-shirt

Thesis jean check shirt

Thesis bucket + Temperacha all over print shirt.

Some might call it a look book, but we do not see it that way. The reason being that we are constantly adding product that people never get to see, thus it was never apart of our line items for the season. This is a snippet of the product that we have in store and we are welcoming you, our friend and desired consumer to see what we do when we not on social networks or working towards the next jam session.

October 17, 2012

Walking the plank with Mina Nawe


Thesis X Mina Nawe X Maria Mcloy
When Mina Nawe joined the Thesis creative family: it was never anticipated for what was coming in SA street culture! Computa; head designer & creator of Mina Nawe(me & you) was part of the rebranding to Thesis Lifestyle earlier this year. Revamped the store & made it look like something that just came out of a Wallpaper magazine. Minimal & has a fresh outlook on the use of ply wood. Still keeping the raw, street element of Thesis Lifestyle. He is a lover of wood & hardwork. He's a very inspiring individual. street cultured & very motivated.

October 16, 2012

THESIS is african street culture

The perfect jet pocket detail is consistent in the spring/summer 2012-13

Modern Africa shorts: R300

Hello Africa: tell me how you doing!

Paying attention to detail

FABRIC: mixbreed twaill FORM: Lifestyle Chinos FUNCTION: Water repelent PRICE: R550.00


October 15, 2012

The dungaree

Dungarees have been around since 1792. They were mostly used as protective clothing for slaves, farmers, railroad engineers & mechanics. Made to mark a low status of their wearer, because it was normally associated with rural people. Note that the operative word here is "was": simply, because now its seen as a very cool fashion item & to us(THESIS)says a lot about hardwork, perseverance & never giving up in what you believe in. Wandile has couple of them: which says a lot about him. Work day & night to be the best you can be. We love it; it represents who we are & what we stand for. don't just sit & do nothing! WORK!!!!!!

October 11, 2012

Create + organisation= impact

Inspiration has gone to the next level. The lifestyle space is filled with so much of it. You'll feel it when you pay a visit: its the most amazing thing you'll experience in your whole life. Love & respect. Have a bigger picture, work hard tirelessly, motivate & believe in your own ideas

August 30, 2012

Call the police!!!

The Lifestyle Space was broken in to lastnight & someone one took pics of this disturbing images:

TSJS promo vid

its awesome!!!!

August 25, 2012

winter/spring to summer

stay tuned...

TSJS spring/summer edition

With the success of our last event, we are not planning to stop giving you the best South Africa has to offer. Spring is with us for this date and we not dunking down to make this session a memorable one to start your sunshine diaries. This time around we have the well-travelled Zaki Ibrahim gracing our stage. Zaki has been around for a while now with two albums down. She is here to showcase her latest album that has seen her perform at the “5fm Live” show. Her song with the legendary house producer Nick Holder was also shot in our background, its good to see her come full circle. Joining her on the stage to complete the Motif Records take over at Thesis will be fellow stable mates, Reason and Tumi from Tumi and the Volume. Together Reason and Tumi have the SA Hip-Hop game on lock…. On the decks with have resident DJ Wireless G being accompanied by Housecatzz who will be giving us an official “Kwaito set”, the ever eclectic DJ 1D from Analogue Nights and DJ Symatics from Music @ Last. These selectors will be covering music from the 70s till today with genres including jazz, broken beat, hip hop, soul, bossa nova, trip-hop, kwaito and a bit of dance. Event details: Live Acts: Zaki Ibrahim // @zakiibrahim Reason // @Reason4audio3D Tumi // @TumiVolume DJ’s line up: Wireless g// @wirRelesS_g DJ 1D // @Dj1D Housecatz // @HouseCatzz Symatics// @Symatics Entrance: R40 Date: 2.09.2011 Time: 14h00 till late

August 24, 2012

Zaki Ibrahim

feed your eyes & ears on this, cos she's coming on the next jam on 2nd of September! enjoy!

August 15, 2012

Sai & Ribatone

Very awesome track! They've done it again. The guys are from Soweto(mind you) & they burn so much rubber: they're unbelievable. They've also done their bit here at home at the TSJS. Listen & watch!

August 12, 2012


Unfortunately Siba lost the H & S!

August 4, 2012

Kasi Sailor

siba rappin.... in front of a mirror. Rocking that Kasi Sailor hoodie!

August 2, 2012

TSJS turns 4

Thesis meaning: illustrating a new point view about Soweto & street culture. There was nothing like it when it started & that marked a new revolution in street culture era! Now its home to all those who envision themselves different & unique. The 5th of August will be celebrating with The Muffinz. They are a five-musician band with a fresh outlook on soul. Making it eclectic; therefore naming what they do Eclectric Soul Trip. They going to be gracing Thesis before flying off to London. Also on the stage is the energy driven reggae group Tidal Waves. One of the greatest bands in SA. They were the in house band for the SAMAs & they were the official band for Ziggy Marley when he was in SA! Mixed with the TSJS atmosphere: these two bands are going to make this birthday celebration special. In commemoration to “Women’s Month” in August. We have Dj duo: the 2 beautiful ladies from Doepelganger on the decks. Famously known for spinning at cold turkey in Cape Town. As per TSJS protocol: be different & fresh; it’s exactly how they sound when they play. Then we have Jimmy “Fckn” Fingers! Very experimental jockey. He likes dwelling in to funk, breaks & soul. He is a very unpredictable weirdo (in the good sense of the word). Dj 1D : co founder & creative director of Loxion Kulca! Yes, he is a Dj too & he is very good actually. What people like about him is said to be his track selection. Durban born P-kuttah is one of the most established hip –hop dj in SA; he was a finalist “Dj of the Year” for Hype Magazine & D.C shoes ambassador. He’ll be spinning a jam or 2 at the birthday celebration. Finally resident dj Wireless G is known for his eclectic style of play, representing the true spirit of the Jams. He can jump from soul to hip-hop to funk to Kwaito if he wants. People are always jumping & dancing when he’s on the decks. The Jam will be hot with best line up it ever had in the 3 years of existence. It will be held at its usual venue: the Thesis Lifestyle Space in Mofolo, Soweto. When you there be sure to step inside the Concept Store to feed your fashion appetite. R40 gets you in. Food & drinks will be sold. See you there…

TSJS 2009

Our 1st year flier! Designed by El Toro. It was a really dope flier, colourful & very inviting. Those balloons just make you feel like a kid again! All excited & bubbly.With Otto De Vries after coming back from a long stay in London. Ben Montresor from France Miz Buttons; as you have heard her this year on the decks at the TSJS. They were a big highlight that day. Meat The Veggies was very delectable too!

July 28, 2012

Micheal Jackson hologram at TSJS4

Mike was having such a great time on the 5th of October. Jamming, popping, gyrating & moonwalking his heart out.
Mike on Monday morning. Effects of a hangover: his head in his hands! Apparently he was on tequila that whole night!!!!


Mangstarr in a custom made Indigo Thesis jeans. the pocket stitching represents sea waves from the Kasi Sailor collection. Too nice!
The cut is a regular tapered fit! inspired by jeans Thesis recently made for Dj Kenzhero. Well; we'd like to call it: the "Kenny Cut"
Drinking coffee in custom a made black & grey striped Thesis shirt. Detailed with bits of red stiches & buttons. Its got what we call a raglan sleeve: similar to baseball jackets & T-shirts. very dope design! a True Mangstarr design!