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Our Story

It started with a dream to create a top-notch online gift and fashion accessory shop for men where our fans can buy hand-picked champion gifts for themselves, their friends and/or partners.

It is challenging and very time-consuming for someone with a busy schedule or a family to find a unique gift or fashion accessory for a man or themselves. The time it takes to search through hundreds of shops to find awesome gifts for someone special or for your own man cave, bar or garage wall is ludicrous. We want to free up your time and create a quick, unique, and convenient online gifting solution for you.

Daily, more and more people are starting to prefer online shopping above the traditional brick and mortar retail. With the rise of e-commerce and the speed at which technology is developing, we decided to make our dream a reality and create this exciting new store, That Bloke.

What the word "bloke" means

The word bloke is a slang term for a man or guy, used mostly in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The earliest known usage of the word is from the early 19th century when it was recorded as a London slang term.

Why the name That Bloke?

The brand name That Bloke was chosen because of its masculine origin, memorability and the simply glorious feeling it creates when you pronounce the word "Bloke".

About the founder

Born, raised and still residing in Pretoria (located in sunny South Africa), the Founder Stefan Marais is passionate about retail, unique products, and of course e-commerce / online shopping.

As a creative advocate and idea-driven person, Stefan found it very challenging and draining working as a company employee and often got bored quite quickly doing the same routine work over and over again.

The hunger for personal growth and development soon overtook his desire for the comfortable 8 to 5 work day. He started thinking about his passions, experience, and skills and how he could use it to start a new venture.

In 2018, after countless research, brain-storming ideas and realising that it was now or never, he started an online shop for men called That Bloke.

In 2020, he plans to persue and focus on a new online store concept, called Wedding Wishes / weddingwishes.co.za

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If your dreams don't scare you they are too small" ~ Richard Branson

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." ~ Robert Kennedy

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Our Mission

Our daily mission

We aim to stock unique top-notch men's products, have quick delivery times, safe and secure online payments and to be trustworthy.

What we strive for

We want to be an exclusive online men's store where you are guaranteed to find something cool and original to buy for yourself, a friend, dad, or colleague.

Where we wont compromise

We cater strictly for men and our online shop will always have a fresh masculine look-and-feel. Our clients will always have a positive, seamless, problem-free shopping experience.