Art Director: Ntokozo Nkambule
Production Manager: Zoleka Monta
Photographer: Ntokozo Nkambule
Stylist: Elvis Ndlela
Models: Ofentse Ntuli; Ntokozo Benjamin; Thobeko Tana and Thobile Tana
The Scottish beanie that became a beloved South African classic.
Strachan and Myburgh is a brand with that very rare thing: cultural significance sixty years on. Timelessness in fashion refers to pieces that are not defined by time, season or trend; pieces that are iconic in the sense that they can be worn on an everyday basis by everyday people transcending environment and era. Notarised by generations of South Africans, this legacy brand has stood the test, and is as relevant today as it ever was.
Strachan and Myburgh began as an exclusive retailer in Johannesburg in the 1960s. It was known for stocking only the highest quality products, one of which was the Strachan and Myburgh beanie originally brought in from Scotland where the finest wools and yarns could be found.
The Scottish trademark knit, identified by its distinct double chevron, single chevron and zig zag patterns, is made from 100% wool that makes it super soft and cozy to wear. It was designed to protect fishermen of the North Sea and climbers of the highland moors from the winter cold and sports a characterful tennis ball-sized pom-pom for good cheer.
In South Africa, it’s become a staple streetwear item whose popularity spread without overt advertising, adopted by taxi drivers and high school students alike. Despite its Scottish origins, the beanie found significance in various cultures and subcultures in South Africa, historically worn by groups such as the 1950s gangsters from the Witwatersrand and second generation AmaPantsula in the 1970s.
Today, Strachan and Myburgh’s signature headwear can be seen everywhere from the urban townships of Johannesburg to the Cape. Depending on the area, it’s commonly known as “Strachan” to some and “Myburgh” to others. Loved for its superior quality and authenticity, the brand is worn by factory workers, gangsters and vintage fashion thrifters in any season and any environment, and also makes up part of “Umathandekhishini”, the dress code of today’s pantsulas.
It’s no secret South Africans have given this heritage brand a different identity to its origins; and there’s no more genuine endorsement of its enduring quality, legacy and street cred.
You can shop our products now online with heritage store Orkini (www.orkini.co.za) or in store with Studio 88 and Skipper Bar.