Christmas with the Strand Arcade

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. 

Look 1: 
Watch: Timekeeper Boutique
Blazer: Suitshop
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.

Look 2: 
Hat: Strand Hatters
Glasses: Perfect Vision Optical
Blazer: Suitshop
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. 

Look 3: 
Knit: Fred Perry
Jeans: Diesel
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. 

 

 

One Jacket, Two Ways

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

Living the Linen Life

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! 

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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.

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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.

Melbourne, it's Good to be Home!

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! 

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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! 

The Greenhouse Effect

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! 

Look 1: 

  • Jacket: RM Williams 
  • Shirt: Samsoe Samsoe
  • Pants: RM Williams
  • Shoes: Loake 
  • Sunglasses: Oblyk 

Look 2: 

  • Shirt: R.M. Williams
  • Pants: Scotch & Soda 
  • Shoes: R.M. Williams 
  • Sunglasses: Pacifico Optical 

Look 3: 

  • Shirt: Citizen Wolf
  • Pants: Scotch & Soda 
  • Shoes: Birkenstock 
  • Sunglasses: Oblyk 
  • Leather sunglasses cord: Pacifico Optical 

Shot by Annie Kind

Pitti Uomo 92 Wrap-Up

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 

Kensington Caffeine Fix | Uniqlo

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. 

Look 1: Shirt | HEATTECH Sweater | Chinos | Sunglasses | Ring

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.  

Look 2: Vest | HEATTECH Tee | Chinos | Watch 

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. 

Shoreditch Shenanigans

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: 

Autumn Layers // ft. Uniqlo

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. 

Look 1: Duffle | Vest | Turtleneck | Jeans | Shoes 

Look 1: Duffle | Vest | Turtleneck | Jeans | Shoes 

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. 

Aquila Street Style Series Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second part of the Aquila street style series featuring three more key looks from their latest AW16 range. 

Look 1: Green With Envy

I have to be straight up honest with this one, I've never really been a big fan of rocking a green blazer up top, but when paired back with some navy chino and a bold check shirt I start to like what I see! I've paired it up with some glasses that don't actually help me read, but definitely make me look at least ten times smarter - even if I can't read the paper with them on. 

Blazer | Chinos | Shirt | Shoes | Bag

Look 2: Checkmate

In my opinion this navy suit is an absolute winner. Crafted from 100% wool, this versatile suit is ready for any occasion. The beauty of a suit such as this is the ability to dress it up, or down. I've opted for the latter pairing it with a button down check shirt, textured grey tie and double monks. No socks? No worries! Showing skin is an easy way to dress down a look, giving it a fresh, Italian look. Bear in mind though, if you want to keep your shoes (and feet) from becoming overly fragrant, it's probably in your best interest to throw a pair of no-show socks on to complete the look. I'm sure whoever you live with will thank you! 

Suit | Shirt | Tie | Shoes | Watch | Socks

Look 3: Checks Appeal

Keeping in line with the overarching check theme, I've switched it up and ran with the windowpane suit with a plain shirt, fresh. The woven leather shoes paired with the burgundy socks add a nice kick of colour to the overall ensemble and does a good job of keeping things interesting. 

Suit | Shirt | Pocket Square | Shoes | Watch | Bag

This style series was shot by none other than Karen Woo and was shot in collaboration with Aquila.

Aquila Street Style Series Pt. 1

With the weather in Melbourne showing no signs of cooling, I took to the streets to shoot some of my key looks from the latest Aquila AW17 range - in 30 degree heat may I add. Sharp, refined and no-nonsense tailoring once again dominates Aqulia's latest drop and I'll be showcasing 6 of my favourite looks in this two part series. 

Look 1: Casual yet classy 

For the first look, I couldn't go past this delightful cotton blend Chocolate blazer, with chinos to match. Luckily for me this jacket was unlined through the body which was pretty damn handy in the heat! I finished off the look with a clean, crisp white shirt and some fantastic brogued tassel loafers.

Blazer // Chinos // Shirt // Shoes 

Look 2: The casual mix-match

 For AQ17, Aquila's colour pallet couldn't be any more on point. The dark winter hues from the range compliment each other perfectly, making the mixing and matching of key pieces from the range an absolute breeze. Again I paired another cotton blend blazer with chinos but threw in a textured knit sweater to keep things interesting. This second look was definitely not as forgiving as the first in this weather, I mean, they don't call it a sweater for nothing. Coming into winter though, this look will be a go-to.

Jacket // Knit // Chinos // Shoes // Bag 

Look 3: Textured and tonal

Black and grey, the unofficial team colours of essentially everyone who lives in Melbourne. Even though you usually wouldn't catch me dead in black, I couldn't help myself when it came to this look. The weave through the grey blazer really pops when contrasted by the black chinos and textured tie. It's safe to say it definitely gets my tick of approval! 

Jacket // Shirt // Tie // Chinos // Socks // Shoes 

This series was shot by Karen Woo in partnership with Aquila.