Dr.Z featured GQ (October 14)

A small mention with Dr.Z and the New Balance “City of Gold” collaboration in GQ magazine (South African edition/ October 2014 issue).

Dr.Z featured in Size Magazine (China)

The August issue of the popular Chinese sneaker & culture publication Size Magazine featured a massive 4 page artist profile and full length interview with Dr.Z…

Follow Dr.Z on Weibo China here: http://weibo.com/drzulu
and follow Size Weibo here: http://weibo.com/newsize

Dr.Z Interview on Don’t Party

Check out the mini-interview about the 2BOP VS DR.Z collaboration on the SA culture site Don’t Party.

Link here: http://www.dontparty.co.za/fashion/interviews-fashion/dr-zulu-interview-2bop-darkphase-launch-part-02/

2BOP vs DR.Z launch at Smith & Abrahams

On Saturday 12 July the 2BOP vs DR.Z “Game Over” Capsule collaboration launched in-store at Smith & Abrahams. There was free coffee and pastries available to the first 50 people through the door and a live BigSpace 6 hour dj set, but the main event of the day was a “Shinobi” arcade competition with the high-score winner walking away with a 2BOP vs DR.Z hamper and an original Dr.Z canvas. Congratulations to Wouter Schreuders for out battling everyone to claim first prize!

The full collection is now available at: Smith&Abrahams, 103 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, CT.

2BOP vs DR.Z Capsule Collection now available

The 2BOP vs DR.Z “Game Over” capsule collection is now available from Smith & Abrahams. The capsule is a part of 2Bop’s “Darkphase” 10 year anniversary range and features a “Shinobi” arcade game graphic theme comprising a long sleeve sweater, a black and white t-shirt, a beanie and a balaclava.


Black T-Shirt

White T-Shirt

“Game Over” Beanie

“Game Over” Balaclava

2BOP vs DR.Z

2BOP VS DR.Z Capsule Collection dropping Sat. 12 July at Smith & Abrahams store 103 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Cape Town

City of Gold’ featured in Warp Japan

The New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold 574” was featured in the June ‘14 edition of Warp Magazine Japan Warp Japan is one of Tokyo’s most popular street lifestyle and fashion publications.

Dr.Z Feature in GQ digital edition

In addition to the print write-up in GQ magazine, I was also asked to be featured for the GQ digital edition listing and reviewing some of my top things.

Check it out here: www.gq.co.za/2014/05/10-cool-things-dr-zulu/

Dr.Z Feature in GQ Magazine

Dr.Z recently featured in GQ MAGAZINE print edition (May 2014) and named among the list of GQ’s “coolest guys” in South Africa.

CITY OF GOLD 574” Video/ TV Interviews & Event Coverage

Watch some coverage and interviews filmed at the recent New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “CITY OF GOLD 574” launch event in Johannesburg:

Hunting for Kicks:“Special Edition” with Mkay Frash

Turn up on Channel O: with Siyabonga “Scoop” Ngwekazi


Following the South African launch a week back, the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr. Z ‘City of Gold’ 574 will release today (28th of April 2014) through the following select international retailers:

UK: End, Crooked Tongues, Foot Patrol, Hanon


EUROPE: Starcow, Premium Supply Store, Fresh Kicks, Lockwood, Version Originale, SNS, Tres Bien., Caliroots, NORSE, Wood Wood, Suede-Store, Slam JamUnotre.com, Titolo, Actdis, Paranoia, 4elements, Cromwell, Paar Laden

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: BrandShop, Rockland, KM20, Helen Marlen Mandarin, Ostrov, Conquest Store


ASIA: Mita Sneakers, Phantaci, InvincibleLimited EDT Vault, Sole WhatNew Balance Past Present Future Hong KongNew Balance Past Present Future ChinaNew Balance Past Present Future TaiwanNew Balance Past Present Future Korea 


AUSTRALIA: Up There Store, Highs and Lows, Capsule Store

USA* (DELAYED): Blends, Feature, Burn Rubber, Nice Kicks, Packers, West, Kith, Concepts, Kick Theory, Shoe Gallery


*Please note: The bonus canvas carry bag is only available in certain regions


In the tweet below, Raekwon the Chef is of course referring to the CITY OF GOLD 574.

What I tell you about wearing the wrong New Balance, man? - Raekwon the Chef (intro Ghostface Killah - Bulletproof Wallets )

Watch this clip of Rae talking New Balance..


PRESS RELEASE: DR.Z Custom Vintage Racer for Oakley “Hertiage Collection”

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oakley Sports Performance eyewear, the “Heritage Collection” salutes the old-school by bringing back all the original retro frames for a limited time only. This is your chance to own a piece of history with the original 1980’s colorways of the Frogskin, Razorblade and the iconic Eyeshade model! Available in extremely limited quantities worldwide, Shelflife Store is one of the few select stockists and in honour of this special occasion Oakley have commissioned local artist and OG Shelflifer “Dr.Zulu” to customize a rare vintage 5-speed racing bike, which is currently on display in the Shelflife street level window.

Oakley “Heritage Collection” purchase enquiries:
Shelflife 119 Loop St. Cape Town SA
Tel: 0214223931
email: contact@shelflife.co.za


South African sneaker boutique, Shelflife, and local designer, Dr.Z, have teamed up with international sneaker brand New Balance for a collaborative project: the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574.

Showcasing the best of the South Africa’s homeland to sneaker aficionados around the world, the New Balance “City of Gold” 574 draws design inspiration from South Africa’s largest metropolis, the city of Johannesburg, dubbed the “City of Gold” for its large-scale gold trade and wealth.

The graphics also make reference to the formidable “Parktown Prawn” king cricket. Specific to the Johannesburg region, the Parktown Prawn has grown into a cultural icon due to its aggressive nature and the urban legend of indestructibility.

Two additional design elements have been worked into the sneaker; with the yellow and grey colourway reflecting the colours of the local train system, as well as a stylized diamond symbol that mimics the graphics of traditional African tribal artworks.

Built with premium detailing and materials, the “City of Gold” 574 features a mix of mesh, nubuck, pigskin suede and reflective 3M heel panels. Further notable features include the yellow speckled sole, prawn graphic lace locks, yellow lace tips and variant branding on the heel.

Boasting a collection of premium extras, the “City of Gold” 574 package comes with two interchangeable velcro options for the ‘N’ logo, a spare pair of black laces, a canvas carry bag and a rubber prawn keying.

The New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574 will release in South Africa, through Shelflife, on the 17th April 2014, with the global release date following soon after, on the 28th April 2014.

Watch the promotional video for the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lOZQKYsOIA

Solo Photographic Exhibition at Beijing Opera

My first solo photographic exhibition has opened today at the new BEIJING OPERA restaurant location. The show features a series of postcard size prints from a recent trip to Asia.

ORMS professional quality prints & canvases are available to order at various sizes by request.

BEIJING OPERA 3-9 Rose Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town. Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00 and Saturday 10:00-15:00

Contact Yang Zhao: yang@beijingopera.co.za