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There's something about the fashion from the Australian beach fashion in the 80s and 90s that I have always found appealing. The washed out denim and faded tees, it was a relaxed, casual affair and was definitely a time that I wish I had the pleasure of living through as a teenager or 20-something-year-old. It's a strange feeling when you feel some kind of connection to a time gone by, especially when you haven't lived it per se.
Luckily for me, the latest drop from Lemaire and the Uniqlo U team has risen to the occasion and is allowing me to live out my fantasies! The latest Uniqlo U SS18 collection has been crafted for both comfort and convenience drawing inspiration from that 90s nostalgia that I am so fond of. With its focus on quality textiles, the latest range was an absolute hit in my eyes. The heavyweight cotton tees, the loose fit cropped jeans and of course the chunky cable knit jumper below, all had the hallmarks of a 90s surfer dude. The collection has a refined, contemporary fit similar to todays Scandinavian style; which again, I really love.
The first of my looks (above) I really drew on that beach culture, and figured it only made sense to shoot it in a fitting location! I'm wearing a Green 100% Heavyweight Cotton Tee which I've paired up with some washed out Straight Fit Ankle Jeans this may be a simple look, but it's a look I could happily wear every day.
Next up, for Look 2, I layered the previous look with a Crew Neck Sweater to keep that surfer look alive. The burnt orange and green aren't exactly two colours I would usually put together; however, in this case I feel that they compliment each other quite well, especially with the washed out denim.
In short, the latest Uniqlo U capsule is a real winner, if you're after some good quality basics that are just a little different, they have got you covered!
Shot by Max Kruse and Josh Bozin, this was part of a paid partnership with Uniqlo Australia.
Over the weekend, the quiet coastal town of Portsea welcomed the arrival of super yachts, helicopters and Alfa Romeos’, carrying the who’s who of Melbourne (and Sydney) for the annual soiree known as the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo.
Although the weather gods were not kind to those in attendance, the day was enjoyed, nonetheless, in spectacular fashion - in particular, those lucky enough to have scored an exclusive invite into the Alfa Romeo marquee; a supersite perched right in the heart of the polo field.
The fashion was all the vogue, as the gentlemen brought tailored, confident, casual-elegance to the field. With what was once a sit-down picnic affair, the Portsea Polo is now one of the hottest tickets on the fashion calendar, with attendees leaving nothing behind in the fashion stakes.
ur favourite looks on the day were seen in neutral, earthy tones; relaxed tailoring was key to nailing this year’s look. Most of our favourite pieces sported by the young gents on the day inherited classic Italian tailoring, with fantastic silhouettes that complimented their body and shape. We should make note that local Melbourne tailors Steve Calder (Calder Sartoria) and Hermen Menswear designed some stunning pieces seen on the day.
Linen was seen in large, and accessorising was key for piecing together some spectacular looks. With a theme of ‘Italian elegance’ subtly denoted, this was definitely executed in true Italian summer style.
Ties were left at home, and shoelaces were non existent, but what you had were confident gentlemen pulling off looks that wouldn’t have been seen 5 years prior. Commendations to all involved.
All in all, it was a great day of a gathering of like-minded individuals who are currently shining a light not only on men’s fashion, but the local fashion scene in Melbourne.
Until next year, Portsea.
Founded back in 2013 by Theodore English and Oscar Leal, Sydney-based online store Belancé quickly moved into the retail space and since then, has been continually evolving over the years. The first of their two storefronts can be found in the heart of Paddington, Sydney. It's crisp white interior perfectly showcases the vast array of products on hand sporting both local labels and indie internationals you can guarantee that anything you pick up from Belancé will be both cool and unique.
Their Second bricks and mortar store in Barangaroo was designed by Liam Mugavin and is akin to something of a concept store, and has a drastically different vibe to its Paddington counterpart. Aimed more at the city slicker and the working man the store places its tailoring front and centre for all to see.
Whether you're on the hunt for some sharp tailoring or something more casual, both stores will have you sorted. In addition to their carefully curated clothing Belancé stock a wide range of sunglasses and accessories which you could look at for hours should you have the chance.
After a chance encounter with the store after wandering the streets of Sydney last year, I quickly arranged a time to pop past and get measured up. Reuben and I decided that we would put together something that was light, summery and fun and after a few in-store consultations, we ended up with the look below.
Baby blue linen has to be one of my all-time favourites, and I love how Reuben paired it with the yellow and blue tailored pullover shirt. It screams Summer and in all the right ways. For a bit of fun, we decided to shoot a few more casual looks that really showcase what they have to offer as well. Clean, simple and minimalist – Belancé at its best!
As you all would know by now, I tend to travel more than most; and more often than not, it's a quick trip up to Sydney to meet some clients or visit my agency. All of this travelling tends to be pretty frenetic, however on the off chance that I happen to have some time to myself, I tend to find myself gravitating back towards the same quirky little locations in Sydney. Hyde Park, Seven Shillings Beach or if it is shopping – The Strand Arcade.
Built-in 1892 by English architect John Spencer, the Strand Arcade was the pinnacle of Victorian architecture. Meticulously designed to take into account the harsh Australian climate, Spencer ensured that the Strand arcade was both a thing of beauty as well as functionality. Aptly described as: "The finest public thoroughfare in the Australian colonies." Nestled between Pitt and George street in the heart of Sydney's bustling CBD the arcade hosts a myriad of Sydney's most iconic shopfronts as well as a broad range of Australian and international designer fashion and specialty stores.
In the leadup to Christmas, I have partnered up with The Strand Arcade to showcase my favourite finds and quirky gifts for the discerning gentleman from an afternoon spent at The Strand.
1:00 pm – Arrival | Destination: Gumpton Coffee
First up, a caffeine fix. No good decision was ever made feeling sluggish! I popped past Gumption for a quick espresso, then went on my way exploring what was on offer.
Watch: Timekeeper Boutique
Shirt and Pants: Jac + Jack
Shoes: Joseph's Sydney
2:15 pm – Shopping for an experience | Destination: Andrew McDonald Shoemaker
Andrew McDonald is one of my favourite hidden gems in the Strand Arcade. Everything in-store is designed, made, and finished in their workshop. How cool is that? Whatsmore, they offer a range of shoemaking courses which could be the perfect present for those who are a little more hands-on.
Hat: Strand Hatters
Glasses: Perfect Vision Optical
Shirt and Pants: Jac + Jack
Shoes: Andrew McDonald Shoemaker
3:00 pm – Scenic Route | Destination: Upper Gallery
After popping past Diesel and Fred Perry, I changed into something more casual for the latter half of my shopping trip then headed up to the top floor for a quick pit-stop. From this vantage point, I could really take in all the Strand had to offer, the glazed glass ceiling, stunning roof trusses, carved cedar balustrades and beautifully tiled floors – all of which may easily be overlooked if one doesn't take the time to look.
Knit: Fred Perry
Shoes: Fred Perry
3:30 pm – Grooming Gifts | Destination: Mensbiz
After swanning around on the upper levels looking at the finest in men's fashion and leather goods. I ducked down to grooming specialist Mensbiz and begun my hunt for the ultimate grooming gift. Stocked with nothing but the finest of products, Mensbiz is the ultimate destination for finding a gift for the well-groomed man. Mensbiz also offers a range of grooming services should you be looking for a cut, beard trim or shave – all of which can be thrown on a gift card should you be unsure of what to get!
4:00 pm – Departure | Destination: Home
After a few hours in The Arcade and stocked up with a wide array of Christmas gifts (many for myself) it's time to head to the Airport for my 6:00 PM departure back to Melbourne. Hopefully, I can still get on the plane with all of this carry-on!
This article was a collaboration with The Strand Arcade and was shot by Chris Quyen.
If there's one thing I've been really big on lately since moving house and downsizing my wardrobe, it's been versatility. Most of the rest of my casual wardrobe I had taken versatility into account but for some reason I never really used to factor this into my purchases when it came to suiting. If I liked something, I bought it. Simple. I never really factored in whether or not it will fit in well with the rest of my wardrobe let alone if I could even pair it up with my casual clothes!
So in light of this recent discovery, I decided to showcase the versatility of the humble work suit jacket with Country Road and dragged my good friend Justin Monacco along for the ride.
Look 1: business as usual
As the heading so aptly states, these first looks mean business. Both looks are a youthful take on a classic business look, however would be equally as comfortable in the boardroom as they would at the races or any other formal summer event upcoming on your calendar!
Justin wears a dark grey suiting staple, paired with a bengal stripe shirt and yellow polkadot tie. To keep things season specific, he threw on some of his own loafers (no socks of course). I popped on a baby blue suit with a light blue glenplaid check shirt and pattern clashed the ensemble with a striped brown and navy rep tie. Following in Justin's footsteps, I went with some brown tasseled loafers and a belt to match.
Both looks available online and in store at Country Road.
So now that we have the classic suiting look out of the way, we can move on to the creative stuff and find a way to dress down that business suit to give off an effortlessly casual feel.
Look 2: dressed down and weekend-ready
Firstly, yes, we did happen to both unintentionally match our shoes with both looks, at the end of the day I guess it means that one of us has a good fashion sense, right? So matching footwear aside, both of these looks are super easy to throw together and are absolutely all-round winners in my opinion!
Justin's casual ensemble is really just as simple as throwing the blazer over the top of of your stock standard jeans and t-shirt look. Simple, yet super effective. The same argument can really be made for my more preppy look as well quite frankly. Pop on a polo with your favourite chinos, pair the polo with the baby blue blazer and viola! You've got a nice casual take on suit a suit separate look that you may not have considered otherwise! The reason why I love this look is that the polo makes it a little more formal than if I was wearing a t-shirt, however is informal enough that it still seems casual at the same time. I'm all about blending fashions formalities.
So if you have a spare suit lying around the house or haven't considered wearing your jacket outside of work hours, hopefully this blog post has given you some inspiration to mix things up a little, after all, whats life without a little variety anyway?
This article was proudly sponsored by Country Road and shot by Jake O'Donnell
With Summer fast approaching, the one item I'll be constantly clambering for more or less every day is linen. Light, breezy and effortlessly cool, linen really ticks all my Summer staple boxes. Be it a Saturday coffee with friends or a sweltering summers day in the office, nine times out of ten you'll find me draped in Linen. Honestly, over the warmer months, linen is life.
I feel as if linen has made a real resurgence in the past few years and honestly, I think Uniqlo is to thank for the most part! Ever since I picked up my first shirt three years ago at a Uniqlo linen event, I've noticed them pop up left right and centre. I'm surprised it took so long for them to gather traction to be honest, linen is so well suited to the Australian lifestyle and climate, I feel like it's a bit of a no brainer!
Shot mid lunch break in a cafe just down the road from my office, this ensemble above is a quintessential summer look for myself and many others who are fans of the classic preppy style. To steer a little away from the nautical aesthetic that usually underpins most of my preppy looks, I decided to pair it up with some light green shorts from Uniqlo and dark brown boat shoes from Sperry . I feel like it makes it a little more safari-esque and a little less salty sea dog – but hey maybe that's just me.
Although I mostly throw on the linen shirts when it's warmer than warm, sometimes layering with linen can also be an option. The look above is one of my favourite that I've put together in a while, in fact, had I have not forgotten my white shorts, I never would have thought of pairing it with tan for some reason. We snapped this look just after table hunting for the office in a little laneway just outside the office once again. I tell you what, working in Fitzroy is such a game changer! So close to everything and every street is a photographers dream! Now, back to the look before I keep rambling on about our office. The leather sunglasses cord from Pacifico Optical really tops off the look in my opinion, when paired with the TBD eyewear frames, it makes for a dangerous combination.
If you like the look of anything above, I'm head to toe in Uniqlo gear and it's all available in store now!
This post was proudly sponsored by Uniqlo and shot by Max Kruse.
Caulfield Cup is notoriously known to be a more casual affair than its Flemington counterpart, and thanks to the newly introduced race-wear rules, casual-cool was king! For those who may have missed the introduction of the new rules, socks are no longer a requirement, thus freeing up a wide range of options for gents to wear to the races. The most notable of which would be the tasselled loafer. To say these shoes were out en-masse last Saturday would have been an understatement. Every Tom, Dick, and fashionable Harry had a pair on – and yes, I just so happened to jump on that bandwagon! The Magnanni loafers that I picked up from Harrolds earlier on in the week turned out to be a stellar choice of footwear, and I received compliments throughout the day (and into the night out after the racing wrapped up).
Although the weather played up in typical Melbourne style, it didn’t dampen the spirits of any of those in attendance or impact anyone’s fashion choices on the day. Luckily for myself and the rest of my crew, the Harrolds marquee proved to be an invaluable safe haven during the downpour. Laden with the most decadent of cheese boards and an à la carte menu fit for a king, it was tough to leave the marquee even after the rain subsided.
Now over to the suit! Harrolds is renowned for their unparalleled tailoring. The in-house designed Harrolds Private Label is crafted in Italy ensuring the finest in quality. The quality was evident from the moment I picked out the navy check suit from the Harrolds Collins St store. What’s even more impressive is that they manage to offer this for less than $1,300. If you’re on the hunt for something a little more tailored, Harrolds Private Label also offers a made-to-measure service, offering the premium standard of luxury tailoring, and crafted to your personal specifications.
Below is a selection of snaps of my outfit on the day. I opted for a light blue denim shirt to keep things a little more casual, then threw in the yellow tie as a little pop of colour. In my opinion, the beautiful Magnanni shoes and corresponding belt are what really made the look, showing that relaxed racewear can still look super classy.
The relaxed race-day proved to be a lovely little reunion for the boys in the Aussie fashion scene, with Shaun Birley, Roberto, Larry, Brian all in attendance at the Harrolds Marquee. Getting more than two of us in the same place at once is a minor miracle so as you can imagine, we made the absolute most of it!
Australia’s leading luxury department store, Harrolds has just announced the relaunch of their Harrolds Private Label, a line renowned for unparalleled tailoring. The range is aimed at young professionals looking to step up their suiting game or even the suiting enthusiast looking for a new wardrobe staple. To help celebrate this introduction of HPL back into the premium suiting market, I’ve partnered up with Harrolds alongside a selection of other Aussie gents to showcase the range at the Caulfield Cup this weekend, and boy can I not wait!
The moment you walk through the door at Harrolds, you know you are going to be looked after! No less than a minute after heading upstairs to the formalwear section, I had a soy latte in hand and was eying off the collection.
For Autumn/Winter 17, Harrolds Private Label introduces two silhouettes; the Parigi, with half canvas construction, offers a super sleek fit with slim lapels. The second shape is the Milano which has a traditional silhouette and is also half canvas construction. Naturally I opted for the former of the two and after much deliberation with the staff members, we decided to pair it up with some tasselled loafers and belt from Magnanni, the most recent addition to the already stunning line-up of formal shoes.
Now back to the suit! HPL is designed in-house, crafted in Italy and is both handmade and handstitched to ensure top-notch quality and produced with a stunning range of seasonal fabrics. They are the definitive wardrobe essential for every occasion, from office-wear to race-wear.
If there ever was an excuse to buy a bag, Farfetch just gave you it! Luckily for all us bag-lovers out there, their world renowned Black Friday Sale will be kicking off soon.
Troubadour Large Tote Bag – For my business partner
There’s not one thing I don’t love about the Troubadour range, I personally have one of their day bags and, funnily enough use it almost daily. Made in Italy with some of the finest vegetable tanned calf leather this tote is exactly what my business partner didn’t know he needed! Perhaps I’ll get it for him this Black Friday… If he’s lucky.
Thom Browne Large Zip Clutch – For my Dad
This elegant black pebble leather zip clutch would be perfect for my Dad, as a real estate agent image is everything but functionality takes precedence. Luckily for him this slim profile zip clutch is the best of both worlds!
Maison Margiela Large Sailor Holdall – For myself
Somewhere between the lines of a tote bag and a holdall, this delightful bag is the perfect bag for those weekend trips away. Made from durable calf leather with a beautiful brown finish it’s an instant classic and everyday essential.
AS20V Cordura Dobby 305D backpack – For myself
The most casual of additions to my line up is the AS20V Cordura Dobby 305D backpack. Completely bucking the minimalist trend this military inspired technical backpack has more pockets than sense and would be the ultimate alternative to your stock standard casual back pack.
Montblanc Sartorial Jet bag – For myself!
Last on my list is the Montblanc Sartorial Jet Bag. As a man who has more suits than sense, I really need to step up my game when it comes to suit bags. Montblanc is renowned for their quality leather goods and this bag is no exception. After visiting their leather factory in Italy earlier this year and seeing the time, effort and craftsmanship that goes into making each of their products puts this on top of my list of bags to buy right now.
This article was produced collaboratively with Farfetch.
In a little under a month, one of the most anticipated and renowned Australian events will take place at the prestigious Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Thousands will flock to the iconic race track, including celebrities, influencers and fashionistas alike, to not only witness the world class horse racing on offer (including ‘the race that stops a nation’), but to enjoy the glitz and glamour that is entrenched in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Although a week to be enjoyed with friends and family, those serious in attending the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival must adhere to a strict dress code applicable to each specific race day.
In collaboration with seasoned Australian men's outfitter, Dom Bagnato, we have curated a short guide as to what to wear to each particular race day at this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Derby Day, the most popular race day behind the Melbourne Cup, enlists a traditional (and strict) black & white dress code for both men and women.
This does not mean, however, that you can simply pull out your (first-ever) black suit, white shirt, and Bob’s your uncle. No, as the last few years have seen gents respectively anchor towards a different approach, adding their own individual way of dressing up the typical black and white code, with a stylish spin, raising the stakes on the first day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
This year, opt for a charcoal or dark grey suit, as opposed to the traditional black. Patterns such as windowpane, checkered, and pinstripe are very much in, and would be a great alternative, adding a playful touch to the conservative nature of the day.
Also, consider mixing texture and pattern to set yourself apart; a black suit jacket with wider lapels, paired over charcoal or grey trousers would look a treat.
Keep your shirt, tie and pocket chief conservative, and invest in a good pair of goodyear welted black oxfords, to see you take the track for many years to come.
The flower for Derby Day is a Blue Cornflower, adding a splash of colour to any black, white or charcoal blazer.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
The biggest and most prestigious of all the race days, the Melbourne Cup calls for three things: a public holiday, a mighty horse race, and extraordinary fashion.
As this is the one event to see and be seen, ensure that your outfit it carefully curated to turn heads (for the right reason)!
The dress code for the Melbourne Cup typically calls for colour and flair, but keep the inner peacock at home.
Experiment with colours, pattern, different combinations, and remember to have fun! This year, earthy, neutral colours, such as smoke grey, beige, taupe, cream and brown are in vogue, with linen blends in jackets and trousers proving a popular choice for the warmer days, and a more relaxed, deconstructed silhouette of suiting will be preferred.
Bold prints will ensure you stand out from the flock of monochrome looks, and while colour is to be encouraged, avoid novel accessories, as this can cheaper your overall look.
To note, although the Melbourne Cup is a chance to go ‘all out’, sometimes the best looks are those refined and elegant outfit combinations. Your main priority should be that your suit is well-tailored, and the rest should fall into place (after reading this guide, of course).
Strap on a pair of double monk shoes to finalise your outfit, and you are good to go. Remember, confidence is key for a winning look.
The flower for the Melbourne Cup is a yellow rose, so consider this when accessorising your overall look.
Kennedy Oaks Day
With a new sponsor at the helm of the renowned ‘ladies’ day’, this is the day for gents to showcase their elegant touch to their outfit.
We are big believers in a suit-combination for Oaks Day, with a blazer/chino combo never leading astray.
Opt for a pair of white chinos paired with a light-salmon shirt, and a navy or denim suit jacket on top. A double-breasted royal navy blazer will look mighty crisp, also, with nautical vibes very much in.
Your tie and pocket chief should combine all the elements nicely, however, do not directly match each accessory.
Wingtip brogues offer a lovely alternative to the traditional oxford shoe, so look into finding a tan or chocolate mould you can pair with different outfits in the future.
The flower for Oaks Day is a pink rose, so incorporating a shade of pink or salmon to your outfit is a great nod to the overall theme of the day; Ladies’ day!
Emirates Stakes Day
The final race day of the Melbourne Spring Racing week, Stakes Day in generally considered a ’family day’, meaning, a more relaxed atmosphere; thus, relaxed tailoring is key.
Linen or cotton blazers are highly encouraged, keeping things neutral and somewhat monochrome. Colour is encouraged, but perhaps do so with a colourful, patterned tie and pocket square.
Keep your accessories in the same vein as your outfit - loafers are a grey option, along with knitted ties that offer colour and print.
The flower for Stakes Day is a red rose, to be sure to inject a touch of red to your getup.
The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is a joyous occasion for all involved, and going off past experiences, the main key is not to take yourself so seriously. However, do ensure your style prep and overall game is well-groomed; shine your shoes, iron your shirt, and press your suit, and among all else, remember to have fun!
For those of you still after a little inspiration, feel free have a look at our Spring Racing Editorial below!
This article is proudly sponsored by Dom Bagnato
As if the recent Uniqlo x Ines collaboration wasn't enough, the Japanese powerhouse of fashion has stepped it up a notch once again with their most recent capsule and first ever collaboration with renowned British fashion label J.W. Anderson.
J.W. Anderson was founded by a man by the same name in 2008 and was quick to rise through the ranks and establish itself as a force to be reckoned with. J.W Anderson has had a history of collaborating with the best in the business, and in 2015 took out the men's and women's brand of the year titles from the British Fashion Council. Not bad, not bad at all!
This latest drop amalgamates the best of the British with Uniqlo's 'Lifewear' motto, creating a unique offering of garments that manage to be both wardrobe staples and statement pieces. These pieces are easily wearable and work well with anything and everything in your existing wardrobe.
The Trench coat, which is arguably one of the most British garments going around is fully reversible, allowing yo to rock it as a full tartan if you are feeling out there, or just in regular tan if you're a little more reserved. The cuff details are what really drew me to the piece as I love adding a slight pop of colour to a look. The trench was my starting point, then I paired it up with a blue and white block shirt and an off white cable knit sweater, both are quite traditional and easy to wear with anything; then I decided to make things a little more interesting! I threw on a pair of wide leg pin-stripe pants, I love blurring the line of sartorial and casual, and I feel like these definitely did the trick. I'd be keen to rock the pants with a crisp white shirt as well for an effortless summer ensemble, so expect to see them more over the next few months!
What I'm wearing:
This was a paid collaboration with Uniqlo Australia and was shot by none other than Maximilian Kruse
MR PORTER & Net-a-Porter
At long last, the online shopping powerhouse that is The Net-a-Porter group decided to come down to Melbourne (unlucky Sydney) to celebrate Springtime and all things fashion. Now for those who do know me, I've always held Mr Porter in the highest regard and for many years have read, observed and learnt many of the things I know about menswear through their social channels and online articles - so when the Mr Porter team reaches out and asks me to collaborate with them on this event, it's safe to say I was beyond ecstatic!
Needless to say, the event was nothing short of amazing. The dazzling display of the latest in mens and womens fashion, the vast array of bite-sized canapés and zesty cocktails that were on offer, the delightful live band and the beautiful backdrop of the Albert Park all added to the charm of the event. But don't just take my word for it though, have a look for yourselves below.
After putting together a carefully curated list of my favourite fashion finds (which was no mean feat) I chipped away at it until I was left with this delightful ensemble above, I'll be the first to admit that it's a little on the Summery side but hey, let's just roll with it! If you like anything at all, its all avaialble on Mr Porter now. Go on, have a look. If there was ever a season for a wardrobe refresh Spring would be front and centre!
In addition to what was already an outstanding event, Montblanc managed to top the whole thing off by offering a range of personalised notebooks to all who attended. This truly tailored service was an absolute hit, so much so that the line of people waiting for this truly tailored experience snaked around the outskirts of the entire venue! On the plus side, this did free up quite a lot of space to mingle for those of us who got in quick.
Without a doubt, this was one of the best events of the year to date, with one of the best online fashion destinations in the world and I am humbled to have been a part of it all! Next stop Mr Porter and the Races!
This was a paid collaboration with MR Porter shot by Max Kruse.
After spending my last week in Europe in sun-drenched Italy it was definitely a shock to the system coming back to Melbourne winter in full swing. Unlike most Melbournians I find the chill of winter somewhat comforting, growing up in the hills I think I've become accustomed to the cold and find myself thinking of home whenever I feel the winter chill kick in. So as I say goodbye to my little European getaway and hello to Australian winter it is only fitting to kick off my latest collaboration with Uniqlo by layering up as much as humanly possible!
This month my collaboration is focusing on the Uniqlo Ultra Stretch denim range, I picked up a pretty nifty pair of Loakes on sale in London that you may have spied in my previous post and I'm really digging how much they can change an entire outfit. When paired with the jeans they really make the outfit in my opinion, adding to the overall military vibe that the bomber jacket gives off yet with a street-style twist. I threw the cable knit in there to really keep things interesting, the clashing of so many different styles of dress is something I have been really interested in since reading F*ck Ivy by Mark McNairy, which for all you fashionistas out there, is quite the read!
Ever since I was a child I've always had an affinity towards plants, from the moment I could put one foot in front of the other my grandma would take me around her garden, over the years she taught me all the latin names of the plants in her award-winning garden; looking back this was quite a remarkable feat on my behalf, I would have only been about five or six years old at the time. Much to my grandmas delight, my floral fascination did not stop there. My biology major at university heavily featured plant-based subjects and I soon began to discover this new found appreciation for our leafy counterparts - I mean if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here now!
Ever since watching a David Attenborough documentary about the secret life of plants, I've wanted to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in London and luckily for me I just so happened to get the chance not only to experience the gardens in all their glory, but I was also able to capture some content there to share with you all as well!
Lately I have been looking to branch out into different realms of the fashion world rather than solely focusing on suiting. I have been heavily influenced by the safari aesthetic as of late and have been drawing quite a lot of inspiration from around the globe, however it was definitely Pitti that put safari back on the map. The relaxed approach to tailoring and the light neutral tones were a massive draw card for me and it was refreshing to venture away from my usual colour pallet. I hope you all enjoy my David Attenborough/safari inspired looks, and do let me know what you think in the comments below!
- Jacket: RM Williams
- Shirt: Samsoe Samsoe
- Pants: RM Williams
- Shoes: Loake
- Sunglasses: Oblyk
- Shirt: R.M. Williams
- Pants: Scotch & Soda
- Shoes: R.M. Williams
- Sunglasses: Pacifico Optical
- Shirt: Citizen Wolf
- Pants: Scotch & Soda
- Shoes: Birkenstock
- Sunglasses: Oblyk
- Leather sunglasses cord: Pacifico Optical
Shot by Annie Kind
It's hard to believe that it's been over a month and a half since I attended Pitti Uomo 92 and nearly three months since I first left Australia, talk about how time flies!
I'll keep this one short and sweet as this post is well and truly dated, but here is a series of snaps from my few days at Pitti Uomo. Yes, there may not be as many photos as I would have liked, but hey, you live and you learn! Next year I'll definitely be bringing over a dedicated photographer so it should be a different story all together. A big thanks to Carl Nave and Brooks Brothers who both went over and above the call of duty to dress me for the event and made me feel like a million dollars (and a million degrees, damn it was hot) and a big thank you to Peroni, GQ, and Montblanc for the event invitations too, you both made Pitti all the more memorable!
Day 1 - Brooks Brothers
Day 2 - Carl Nave
Day 3 - Carl Nave
Day 4 - Brooks Brothers
First off, I know it may seem odd to wear a jumper in the middle of Summer in Australia, but London isn't exactly known for its scorching summers like us Aussies are used to. I mean, it's literally classified as a heatwave if it's over 24 degrees two days in a row over here. How cute.
Luckily for me, I knew this would be the case, and just like any Australian would, I packed a pretty solid winter wardrobe just to be on the safe side. Doubly lucky because this months collaboration with Uniqlo focused on their HEATTECH collection, a winter essential that proved to be just as at home in British summer as Australian winter. When you're packing for a three month holiday abroad and have one medium sized suitcase, every item is thoughtfully packed; the last thing you want is to pack something that you wont wear, like the Hawaiian shirt I decided to bring along. Unlike the Hawaiian shirt, the sweater and long sleeve tee from the HEATTECH range that I packed most definitely earned their place in my suitcase a thousand times over. The former of which kept me nice and toasty whilst enjoying my morning coffee and walk around Kensington.
The real winner though is the long sleeve tee, perfect for lounging around and equally at home out and about. The HEATTECH fabric captures body moisture and converts it into heat keeping you warm all day round, something that my other half quickly realised. Fortunately I managed to pries it off her for the shoot below, although I doubt she will let it out of her sight again.
Although it may not be up there for balmy weather, London definitely trumps Melbourne when it comes to their rich history and amazing architecture, something which I will definitely miss upon returning home. Unfortunately my little foray overseas is coming to an end and I'll be heading back to Australia within the next few weeks. Although it will be a big reality check coming back to the land of Aus, I couldn't be more excited to get home. There's some exciting collaborations coming up in the next few months which should make the latter half of 2017 bigger and better than ever so stay tuned!
This was a sponsored collaboration between M.O.S and Uniqlo AU shot by Rupert Laycock on his Cannon MKIV.
I do apologise for the lengthy delays between blog posts as of late, I guess I've been focusing my attention on other aspects of life and work and - very intentionally - let the blogging side of things grind to a halt. After a much needed break from the blogosphere for the past few months whilst I've been over in London I'm back at it and have quite a bit of content ready to throw up over the next few weeks!
First up is a little series that I shot with London-based photographer Hannah, from Photography by Miles. Whilst trawling Instagram looking for some inspiration for cool London shoot locations, I managed to stumble across her feed, within 30 seconds I had already dropped her a line and we met up and shot the content below around Shoreditch, one of Londons hippest areas.
As it's been a while since I've actually done a test shoot where the focus is on the individual rather than than the clothes, we kept it super simple on the styling. Just a plain tee, denim and of course, one of my favourite pairs of sunglasses (if I didn't wear them I would have been squinting pretty badly compliments of the lack of melanin in my eyes, cheers genetics!).
The last few weeks have been pretty epic on the content creation front, so stay tuned for my Acqua de Parma social campaign and Pitti Uomo wrap-up as well as collabs with Casio and Uniqlo!
What I'm wearing:
With the cooler weather finally rolling in over Melbourne, we can finally look at getting into some serious layering - and boy am I looking forward to it! Well... For the few days I have left in Aus before I head over to London that is.
For the first look I went for a 'classic Sam' vibe, something you would definitely see me wearing a whole lot over the winter months. I'm a big fan of mixing my Autumn tones with winter blues and to be honest, I wear them year round regardless of the seasons. #rebel
This second look is definitely more avant-garde compared to what I usually wear, but I always make a point of trying new things and pairing together clothing that I may not usually think to put together and wear personally. It's always fun to experiment in the wardrobe.
The key pieces of both of these looks for me are the Uniqlo Ultra Light Down vests, again, something I would have never really looked into layering with, I've always seen the puffer vest as an outer layer kind of garment, so playing around with throwing it under a parka in the first look was most enjoyable. Then with the second look, a grey puffer to me looked like something out of Star Trek and 100% would be something that not even 6 months ago I would have walked straight past without a second glance yet when layered with this monochromatic look it really is the cherry on top. Isn't it funny how your personal taste in fashion can constantly change yet still feel inherently you?
This Post was a collaboration between M.O.S and Uniqlo AU and was shot by Jake O'Donnell and his Nikon D7200.