90s Beach Nostalgia with Uniqlo U

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. 

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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.

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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. 

The Belancé Experience


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! 
 

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! 

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