story and success, we introduce a new program, Self Made.
These South African based trail blazers join the network of
New York Self Made men who have made an incredible impact on a
spectrum of industries and continually remind us the importance
of hard work, perseverance and courage. Read their stories, get
inspired, and see for yourself how they so brilliantly illuminate
our Steve Madden men’s collection.
”He is a self made man”
“ASK FOR HELP. GET PEOPLE TO
HELP YOU WITH YOUR DREAM,
BECAUSE AT SOME POINT YOU
CAN’T DO IT ALL.”
“TO BE REALLY SUCCESSFUL YOU
NEED FOCUS AND DRIVE AND
SINGULARNESS OF PURPOSE.”
FOUNDER OF THE THREADED MAN
The multi-talented brand consultant, content producer, creative advisor and fashion forecaster has amalgamated his abilities into the Threaded Man – An online style platform for the modern African.
How do you define Self Made? Being Self Made is about being able to go beyond what you are told about the world and being brave enough to create in order to define your own rules.
Any inspiring routines we should know about? The best habit to master is looking after yourself. Guard your thoughts, handle your emotions and manage your health. Your entire wellbeing is important and focusing on all aspects makes sure you are focused and happy.
“WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE
THE WORLD. JUST WATCH.”
“LIVE LIKE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE.”
MUSICIAN & CONTRA-BANNED
Andrew and twin brother, Brian, are no strangers to the local music scene as the duo from Locnville. In his most recent body of work as Co-Founder of the multi-disciplinary publishing, recording and production label, Contra-Banned, Andrew attributes his success to perseverance and an insatiable appetite for continuous learning.
Favourite city spots in South Africa? I’m a big fan of Sea Point in Cape Town, it’s just got a vibe that I like. I’m also loving what’s happening in Maboneng in Johannesburg CBD. It’s really exciting to me at the moment, I see a lot of growth and a bright future for it.
What tips would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs? Take your craft seriously and learn everything you can about it. Be willing to take criticism from others but always know what your own goal is. Be proactive, be confident and live like you have something to prove.
MUSICIAN & CONTRA-BANNED
As Co-Founder of the Contra-Banned label and member of Locnville with twin brother, Andrew, Brian continuously has his eyes set on the next big window of opportunity. As a serial entrepreneur, he dedicates his source of inspiration to moments of pause in the city where he can gather his thoughts and plan the next move.
How do you define Self Made? For me, you can say you’re self made when you’ve taken an idea or dream and turned it into a successful reality.
What tips would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs? I would say persistence. Obviously, you need a good product, a good business model and all of those things, but you have to be unashamedly persistent in getting everything off the ground. Also, have fun. As much as we are all here to make money, it’s really important to enjoy what you’re doing in order to get there, otherwise there really is no point.
“SEEING SOMETHING GO FROM AN IDEA TO
REALITY, THAT’S THE REAL HIGHLIGHT.”
SHAUN OAKLEY AKA DAMN VANDAL-29
GRAFFITTI ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR
Shaun, who goes by the alias Damn Vandal, is a renowned graffiti artist who to date has painted over 1 000 murals and several designs on high-end cars. His work with a number of local and international brands has propelled his creativity from a hobby to a successful business. Key highlights so far include painting a Lamborghini at the Top Gear show and a 6 story mural in Jo’burg CBD.
What’s a normal day for Shaun Oakley like? I Make sure my daughter is ready for school, play music as loud as possible to work. Juggle 3 jobs at once during the day, get home, have wine then Netflix and chill!
What has been the biggest challenge in your career? The balance of work and family time. I work a full-time job and run my private graffiti business which becomes very difficult to fit everything in without letting people down.