Zilpah Tart – A Fashfest First Three Years In The Making

The proud owner of the first Zilpah Tart necktie, featuring the gorgeous ‘Lucent Blue’ print. The bold pattern of the necktie actually works beautifully in an otherwise understated menswear look, and brings to mind the patterns of 1980s business attire.


Zilpah Tart has held a special place in my heart for a few years now. I love to see our local Canberra design talents develop and achieve great things, and you would be hard-pressed to find a label that is achieving as much as the creations of designer Yumi Morrissey. Bright colours balanced with sleek, feminine styling – Zilpah Tart conjures for me a sense of union between Dianne Von Furstenberg  and Emilio Pucci.

I have always resented a little that Morrissey focuses solely on women’s wear, and more so in recent years with the introduction of her signature exclusive fabrics featuring Canberra scenery and landmarks. Naturally most men would probably shy away from the bright colours and fractal patterns of the exclusive fabrics, but I’ve always had something of the peacock to me, and I have lusted after the gorgeous Canberran designs for some time.

This year, I’ve got a taste of what I have been missing out on with the creation of a very special necktie featuring the Lucent Blue print from Zilpah Tart – a menswear first for the label from the 2017 Autumn/Winter Illuminate collection. (more…)

Wardrobe Stories: MaterialByproduct Silk Scarf


I received a text message yesterday from Susan Kelly of Department of the Exterior, informing me that my silk scarf from MaterialByproduct had arrived in store and was ready to be collected.

Unfortunately I did not get a proper chance to thank Susan for all her help, as I parked incredibly illegally to run in and collect the beautiful silk piece, dashing out of the boutique with the scarf wrapped in delicate white tissue and promising all sorts of artisnal fun to be had. I knew from the moment that I saw the amazing woven ribbon print that designer Susan Dimasi produced for MaterialByproduct’s contribution to Melbourne Now; that I wanted to own something from the collection. Now I do.


Daily Outfit: Tied up with a scarf

20141014_aMy shirt was tied up with a scarf today instead of a necktie, and I rather like the way that it looked. I have gone to work with my neck tied up with a scarf in the past, emulating the cravat or neckerchief style, but today I wanted to try something a little different, and so my aim instead was to recreate that old Cowboy movie image of the scarf or bandanna tied point-forward around the neck, where it could be raised up over the mouth and nose to prevent dust and dirt from getting in when riding a horse. (more…)

Daily Outfit: Monday Lobsters

It is always good to kick the week off wearing something that you love.

Today I had the two-fold joy of wearing one of my coveted lobster neckties in a daily outfit that I’m actually really thrilled with. It wasn’t even something that I consciously planned, outside of that I would wear these clothes together today, it just happened to be a look that I feel really worked well together and looks pretty great on me.

Getting to wear one of my lobster neckties was an added bonus.

My Monday morning outfit that I am wearing today is:

Navy wool tailored blazer – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong
Blue and white striped cotton button-down shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren
Navy poly/silk blend necktie with red crawfish motif – labeless, ebay
Gold-tone tie clip – gift
Brown leather belt – Sportscraft
Taupe whipcord chinos – Trenery
Brown leather shoes with buckle detail – Raphael Steffens

I really love taupe and navy together, which I imagine has a lot to do with the fact that I never attended a private Catholic school here in Australia, for whom these colours tend to be the standard for uniforms. That actually explains my love of blazers and neckties as well, actually, as I never had to wear either of those for school either.

Daily Outfit: Dressed But Not Impressive

I am counting my lucky stars that I wore this outfit today, as I had a surprise meeting concerning a job that I had applied for, and it could have been significantly uncomfortable had I been wearing some of my less-corporate clothing.

As it stands, I was dressed rather flamboyantly in my matching seersucker pieces, which happened to be a fantastic ice-breaker for the conversation, even if it was ultimately fruitless. I’m wearing:

Blue and white cotton seersucker Blazer – Meeting Street, etsy
Tailored navy cotton button-down shirt – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong
Blue and white silk-blend seersucker necktie – Brooks Brothers 346, ebay
Gold-tone tie clip – gift
Brown leather belt – Sportscraft
Burnt orange chinos – FCUK
Brown leather shoes with buckle detail – Raphael Steffens

I’m actually quite practiced in being rejected for jobs now, but it was still comforting to be looking my Peacocking best while being turned down. It’s funny, because if I had known that I would have to meet with a potential employer today, I am sure that I would have worn something much more subdued and corporate, and frankly, less me.

And I cannot imagine I would be feeling quite so OK with the rejection if I was otherwise attired.

Daily Outfit: Professor Salmon

It was probably a little ambitious, in hindsight, to try and ease myself into wearing the very collegiate/preppy material, tweed; while simmultaneously trying to get my money’s worth from a shirt I hate.

All I got all day were Professor Salmon vibes.

For today’s failed ‘Young Professor’ look I am wearing:

Gunmetal blue wool tweed blazer – Robert Bruce, thrifted by my mother
Aggressively salmon button-down shirt – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong
Navy silk necktie with shield motif – Polo Ralph Lauren, etsy
Gold-tone tie clip – gift
Brown leather belt – Sportscraft
Navy whipcord chinos – Trenery
Brown leather shoes with etching detail – Raphael Steffens

Lets be honest, the look does not really work. It’s too Young Man/Old Man. I look like I am trying to be taken seriously while also like I’m trying to show that I am still young and hip and with it. All-round, this is a pretty miserable outfit, and I’m man enough that I really just didn’t manage to pull it off.

I’ve worn the tweed successfully before, but I do feel like it is far from the most flattering cut. That’s OK though, as this is just a training piece until I get one made by Braddon Tailors. The shirt, however, is just a disaster, and I think that it is time to cull it from my wardrobe for good.