It’s no secret that Canberra’s fashion scene has been changed for the better with the influence of power couple Clint and Andrea Hutchinson. It would be hard to argue that there was much of a visible fashion scene at all before Fashfest, and as someone who remembers attending thrown-together independent shows in creepy warehouse spaces or soulless corporate events in malls, I’m personally very thankful for what this has meant for Canberra.
It is tremendously exciting then to be able to announce that Clint Hutchinson will be leaving his full-time position as Managing Director of ZOO Group to kick start a new chapter in his life, which will include dedicating more time to building Fashfest as Canberra’s pre-eminent red-carpet fashion event.
After co-founding Fashfest four years ago with his wife Andrea, now Managing Director, the couple has decided it’s time to devote more energy to the event, as well as a range of other exciting initiatives they’re developing in the fashion and broader creative space in Canberra. (more…)
A show that I have looked forward to every year that I have attended Fashfest is Braddon Tailors. Theirs was one of my favourite collections from Fashfest 2015, and knowing how strong a focus designer and CEO Pip Morgan places on the little details such as the selection of fabrics and the emphasis on perfect tailoring I was eager to see what the 2016 show would have for us.
This year Braddon Tailors showed looks in a wash of black and blue. Honestly, for someone who tries to wear 90% blue at any given moment it was sartorial heaven, and very difficult to pick which shade or pattern of blue that I liked best.
Braddon Tailors has been a leading light on Canberra’s menswear scene, since they stole the show with their first collection at Fashfest 2014. Since that show, the homegrown Braddon Tailors label has developed a cult following within the region and has continued to grow; with permanent locations now established in other major centres in Australia including Sydney and Adelaide.
In exciting news Jono McFeat and Pip Morgan, two of the gents behind Braddon Tailors, have now launched their new accessories label Casa Pavone. Casa Pavone specialises in creating ties, bow ties and other menswear accessories that are beautiful, timeless, versatile and of exceptional quality.
Menswear at Fashfest, and for Canberra in general, has benefitted greatly from the introduction of Braddon Tailors to the local scene. Since their first show for Fashfest 2014, the boys behind Braddon Tailors have continued to develop and grow the business. Launching a gorgeous retail space in the heart of Braddon was just the tip of the iceberg; with the establishment of permanent locations in Adelaide and Sydney, and the development of a unique offering for corporate or large groups where the gents come out to your office and discuss all things style with you and your colleagues. Braddon Tailors have also just launched their exciting new website, where you are able to book an appointment with them directly. Whether you are in Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney or elsewhere in Australia, you should book your appointment now!
I’ve talked about Braddon Tailors a lot here on the Blog, and while it might seem a little biased, my previous experiences with “tailors” have left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, and less than exceptional garments for my wardrobe. I’ve been over-charged, misrepresented and told that I could absolutely pull of a style which frankly I am just too fat for. So meeting CEO and Creative Director Pip Morgan and his team and being walked through the process, my options and given frank advice has been nothing short of a revelation.
Braddon Tailors’ was one of my favourite collections from Fashfest 2015. The selection of fabrics for the show was sublime, and the men’s and women’s tailoring was perfectly matched to each look and model. There was collegiate cool vibe running through the collection that was perfect for the autumn/winter season, showing an eye for detail that simply cannot be taught.
While Braddon Tailors runway collections are impressive, it is the one-on-one interactions that you have as a customer that truly make this team so remarkable. In preparation for Fashfest 2016 I have been on a brilliant adventure with Canberra store manager Aidan, selecting fabrics, learning about the construction of the garments and a bit about the history of tailoring, and laughing the whole time. I cannot wait to share my new purchases with you, and I will have a full write-up on the blog when they are completed.
Naturally, in 2016 I am expecting big things from Braddon Tailors, and so I thought it best to check in with Pip to get the lowdown on what is new with the Braddon Tailors, and just what we are in for with their third Fashfest collection at this year’s show. (more…)
Wearing: slate blue union cloth blazer – Braddon Tailors | purple and white striped cotton pocket square – M.J. Bale | navy blue cotton button-down Shirt – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy slim trousers – M.J. Bale | whiskey brown leather loafers with tassel – ASOS |
My first experience with having something tailored did not exactly go to plan. I purchased two blazers from a travelling Tailor, who measured me and advised me on fabric choices, linings, and how the blazers should fit on my frame. I left my appointment $1,500 poorer, but feeling very satisfied that my tailored blazers would arrive perfectly fitted to my form. And I truly thought that they did. I fell in love with the blazers the second that I unwrapped them, and marvelled that they had my names stitched inside the pockets, that there were pocket squares made out of the same fabric as the lining, that there was contrast stitching around the last button hole! I was so impressed that I went on to order four shirts the next time that he was in town!
However, as time moved on, I came to think of my beautifully tailored blazers and shirts as a burden. (more…)
Wearing: Sunglasses – ebay | Union Cloth blazer – Braddon Tailors | cotton pocket square – H-Tokyo | white cotton t-shirt – Cotton On | navy chino shorts – ASOS | navy Roshe Runs – Nike
Something that I have been seeing a lot of lately, especially from some of my favourite menswear Bloggers, is a lot of juxtaposing. For anyone unaware, a Juxtaposition is when you place otherwise disparate things together to contrast in a way that is somehow jarring and harmonious. I’ve been admiring a lot of guys contrasting garment textures lately, or even finding new ways to juxtapose high and low end pieces. I was really inspired by all the new ways that I am seeing my sartorial brothers and sisters getting creative with their wardrobes, and so I wanted to have a bit of fun juxtaposing pieces from my own wardrobe for a different look and feel.
I decided to try smashing together different textures, different styles of dress, and fast fashion pieces with the bespoke. (more…)
I have seen a lot of shredded jeans in my feeds lately, and it has inspired me to break out this pair of boot-cut jeans that Mags bought me for my birthday a few years back. Now, it is no secret that I am not a fan of corporate dress in the slightest, and it probably won’t surprise any of you that I think shredded jeans are completely fine to wear to work. (more…)