Musician and entrepreneur Ace, whose real name is Chuks Austine, is wearing braces, an item widely known as suspenders and defined as long woven strips of fabric that serve the purpose of holding up one’s trousers. They are a great alternative to the simple waist-belt, as they elevate a look from relaxed to sophisticated.

Ace has taken a distinct approach to his styling, by layering his fatigue coloured braces on an olive green and brown repeat print shirt, adding dimension to this colour palette by supplementing his look with his navy loose fitting formal trousers. These colour choices allow the brace shape and material to remain the focus, without overpowering the full look.

He shares more on his diverse career which includes business and property investments:

Ace wears a scarf Shirt, R429, H&M. Braces, R149, H&M. Bow-tie, R201, David Jones @ Woolworths. Pants (part of suit), R13 995, Paul Smith. Belt, R599, Polo. Shoes, R899, Call It Spring


Apart from styling yourself well, what else do you do? I’m a music recording producer and artist who owns an entertainment and lifestyle events company. I’m also the sole heir to my late dad’s estate, which has seen me handling our family’s real estate investments and an industrial scale farm operation in Nigeria for several years.

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What type of investments are you currently involved in? Real estate and running a large industrial-scale farm in Nigeria. We have multiple properties across the country on residential, warehousing and corporate office leases. 

What do you believe is the best way to invest? In real estate. Your investment’s mostly secure and is almost certain to rise in value.

What was the best property investment you ever made? An old property we bought on a major Nigerian street nine years ago. We resold it to a bank on the same street which desperately needed business premises and got an unbelievably profitable price for it.