Menswear

Autumn Inspirations – JORD Wood Watches

There is something about the season of Autumn that just makes me want to immerse myself in nature.

Now, obviously just from looking at me you can tell I’m not exactly the rugged woodsman you probably think of when you hear something like “Autumn makes me want to immerse myself in nature”, but I really do love this season, and all the treats for the senses that it brings with it. The cold bite of the wind on my cheeks, the smell of wood smoke in the air, and the visual spectacle of the leaves bursting into brilliant colours before dropping to the ground. And then of course we have all the different wardrobe tune-ups that we make for the cooler seasons.

This autumn I have been lucky enough to be given a beautiful wooden watch from the babes at JORD wood watches, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The design of the unique watch makes it a perfect addition to my wardrobe for autumn and winter, and gives me all the feelings of immersing myself in nature without actually having to go outside.

Because yes, I am that prissy that I avoid going outside as much as possible. (more…)

Daily Style – Fashion and Architecture

Canberra menswear and style blogger Grant Heino of Ink and Leathers blog at New Acton

 

Fashion and architecture tend to go hand in hand in my opinion. The more I think about fashion and style, the more I come to recognise how we are all constantly drawing inspiration from the architecture of the built world that surrounds us, such as finding new ways to pair old wardrobe favourites like a white t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.

Perhaps one of the most iconic fashion combinations of all time, it has almost become an algorithm of how to dress yourself that is recognised in a way that transcends culture. Blue jeans + white t-shirt + (accessories / season) = dressed. It really is that simple, that mathematical. I have just about made this the formula for what I put on my back on a daily basis, and yet some how it still takes me over an hour to get ready most mornings. Usually including an embarrassing amount of time staring forlornly at my wardrobe wondering what i should wear.   (more…)

Camouflage – 3 rules in navigating the menswear jungle

I love camouflage as a pattern for textiles. Call me a rube or a redneck if you will, but I think camouflage is fascinating, and I love the way that it looks when incorporated into everyday outfits. Now, obviously, there are limitations. No one in the wold needs camouflage crocs (or any kind of croc for that matter), and head-to-toe camouflage is going to make you look pretty sketchy in most instances.

But then again, wearing head-to-toe of most patterns makes you look a little insane.

As I come to accept myself and my personal style a lot more with age, I have allowed myself to accumulate a few pieces in camouflage. I started with accessories, and have now worked myself up to actual garments. I even have a few other pieces on my list of wardrobe acquisitions (yes, I have an acquisitions plan for my wardrobe – and clearly a lot of spare time now that I am single) that I have already decided I will buy for myself in the new year.

I think that it is OK to wear camouflage outside of the military, but as I mentioned, there are rules of thumb that should be applied to ensure that you don’t wind up looking like a crazy survivalist. I thought I’d share three of my personal rules with you today, so you can think about creating your own. Realistically, these are rules for patterns generally, but camouflage is a good example to lead with.

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Skinny Jeans and Being 30

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Earlier this year, I found a pair of Skinny Jeans on ASOS.

They were gorgeous. Perfect shade of blue, very light distressing, ideal length and a little bit of moto-detailing that gave them an edge. I didn’t own anything like them, but ever since I saw the first image of Kanye West wearing the Balmain biker jeans I have always wanted something like them (only without the $10 K price tag).

And so when I saw these jeans on ASOS, for only $60 and in a size 38 (which to be honest is borderline my size these days – I’m more likely a 40 after trying to eat myself into an early grave over the past 10 months); I didn’t even think about the fact that they were listed as Skinny Jeans and I clicked my mouse a couple of times until the sale had processed. It wasn’t until hours later, when the skinny little bastards were already on their way to me by courier (which is, quite frankly, a terrible feature of shopping with ASOS now) that I realised what I had actually just done.

I had at thirty-years of age, just purchased a pair of skinny jeans. (more…)

A New Direction for Fashfest founder

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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…)

Sumptuous Silks – A New Season Feast from Casa Pavone

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Mid-way as we are now through Spring, it probably seems a little late to the party to be discussing the new spring/summer offerings from Canberra-based accessories label Casa Pavone. But with Fashfest over for another year, and the men of Canberra and the surrounding area faced with a whole slew of new seasonal occasions to dress for (Spring races, Spring weddings, Christmas and New Years…) I cannot think of a better time to talk through some of the stunning new pieces on offer to get us looking our best.

Created as a complimentary label to the designs they were creating with Braddon Tailors. Pip Morgan and Johnathon McFeat identified that there was a hole in the Australian market for men’s accessories of a really high quality; and knew that they were the ones to offer a solution with Casa Pavone.

Offering a well designed, high quality product is the key to the label, which prides itself on sourcing only the best English and Italian silks, searching through merchants pattern archives – in some cases back over 200 years, to source the materials used in their collections.

Quality is ensured in the final product through a partnership with a small family owned manufacturing company in Italy who create all the pieces for Casa Pavone by hand. With each piece being lovingly created by artisans, in very small quantities, we’re talking about bespoke menswear accessories which are filling a needy niche in the menswear marketplace. (more…)

Fashfest 2016 Designer Profile – Braddon Tailors

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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…)