NICK PLOWS IN MARTIN PLACE
Nick Plows first introduced himself while I was shooting during fashion week earlier this month. It was nice to speak to a fan of the blog and to hear his views on the menswear scene in Sydney and around the world. I was very impressed by his unique take on suiting up. He brings a modern and youthful touch to the classic navy suit, which we captured this weekend in Martin Place. The results above, his words below.
BLUE THREE WAYS
My style is really traditional. I can’t explain where it came from or the inspiration for it because it is for me, what feels natural and what I feel expresses who I am the best. I really try to make sure I’m never just wearing a suit so I mix up shoes, ties, pocket squares, materials. There’s a lot of fun to be had, even with a navy suit.
1. I was once told that double breasted suits are for men of a certain stature and age. For the record, they’re not. This suit is my favourite. A rich blue, six buttons double breasted suit with peak lapels. I like to dress this one up (most of the time) and here I do with Jimmy Choo oxfords.
2. Once I got a little more confident in wearing a suit, playing around with material was a great way to keep things interesting. I honestly never thought I would wear a suit that wasn’t made of wool but then I wanted a suit I could beat up, throw around and give some personality. This cotton, linen blend gave me just that. However, it is a strange irony that after all the thought I put into buying this suit, my Nike Sneakers are still the most complimented item in my wardrobe.
3. Every other man will tell you that every man needs a navy suit. It’s the staple of all staples. That being said - I love my navy suit. I had it made to measure so it will last a lifetime, but for now, I love wearing it with Superga sneakers.
Fashion credits: 1. Zimma Tailors sui misura double breasted six button suit, Zimma tailors green Prince of Wales check tie and Jimmy Choo Draycott shoes. 2. Zimma Tailors sui misura suit with Ralph Lauren polkadot pocket square, E.Tautz wool/silk blend tie and Superga sneakers. 3. Zimma Tailors cotton/linen blend suit with Zimma four-square pocket square Uniqlo lambs wool cardigan and Nike Free Run 5.0.
JAYDEN ZERNICH IN MELBOURNE
Jayden first caught my attention when I discovered Mavericks Laces, a Melbourne based startup that provide men with a way to express themselves through their laces. His personal style represents the modern day entrepreneur; casual, sophisticated and always ready for business. I had a chance to talk to him about shoes, work and his love for Melbourne food, check it out below.
Fashion credits: 1. Bassike t-shirt, Nique denim shirt, Claude Maus vest and Claude Maus jeans. 2. Aster shirt, Hugo Boss jacket, Claude Maus jeans, Cole Haan shoes and Mavericks Laces. 3. Vanishing Elephant shirt, Paul Smith jacket and Nique chinos. 4. Nique White Label t-shirt, Claude Maus jacket, Industrie chinos, Grenson Glenn boots and Mavericks Laces.
HENRY NG IN THE CITY
Henry Ng first caught my eye at an event we were both attending in the city. His eccentric yet refined and tailored look was a rare sight as the two rarely go hand and hand. I later learned that he was indeed a designer, with his own menswear label, Orri Henrisson. His philosophy on personal style is echoed in his designs; knowing how to have fun and make a point of difference without trying too hard.
I got Henry to get his stair climbing on one afternoon in the city and talk about some of his looks.
THE THREE STEP
I would say my style is a hybrid of sporty, preppy and luxury with elements of fun and relevance. Coming from a graphic design background rather than a fashion one has given me an eye to see sartorial differently. It is all about juxtaposition and contrast but finding a balance within that at the same time.
1. This is me going to the supermarket. This oversized Henrik Vibskov bag makes a good grocery bag and I wanted some consistency in the outfit so I paired it with the shirt, which has a similar colourway. It is a print clash theme but one that has some kind of cohesion.
2. This is me doing one of my morning power walks. Not too sweaty, not too trendy, just enough self respect to want to look good with and without clothes and adding pops of colour to cheer up the gloomy day.
3. This is me after church. I love classic pieces with little twisted details such as the cutouts on the leather/suede mix on the desert boots, the side blinders on the lab-like glasses and the sans sleeves on the overcoat. I worked with a khaki tone to achieve a military theme, one which the elderly ladies at church strangely like. Maybe it is the teddy tattoo?
Fashion credits: 1. McQ Alexander McQueen shirt, Orri Henrisson trousers, Adidas shoes, Henrik Vibskov bag, ASOS belt, Linda Farrow glasses. 2. Mjolk shirt, Topman jumpsuit, Adidas shoes, Raf Simons sunglasses, ASOS belt, Hederus visor. 3. Orri Henrisson overcoat, Topman trousers, Neil Barrett shoes, Billykirk bag, Kris Van Assche glasses.
PATRICK JOHNSON IN PADDINGTON
After meeting Tommy last week and hearing all the good things he had to say about Patrick Johnson of P. Johnson Tailors, I knew I had to meet him myself. I remember walking past his shop front in Paddington a few months ago and wondering what exactly were behind those walls. Let me tell you, if you’re after the sartorial look, you’ve reached nirvana.
The man himself was a delight to speak with, as his passion for his craft is inspiring. Have a listen for yourself in our conversation below.
Fashion credits: P. Johnson Tailors.
TOMMY TUDEHOPE IN PADDINGTON
This week’s Profile is on Tommy Tudehope, a Sydney based social media consultant who has a great appreciation for tailor made goods. It aims to showcase how special attention to detail can bring ones personal style to a whole new level.
THE RUN THROUGH
1. My navy suit is a staple in my wardrobe. It is far more versatile than a black or grey suit and I can easily mix and match it with other combinations. With this particular suit, made by Patrick Johnson, I was after something lightweight that could easily be worn on hot summer days but also in winter with an overcoat or vest.
2. This suit in a “Prince of Wales check” is a much heavier woollen cloth that is well suited to the cooler winter months. However, given that the suit is unlined the fabric breathes easily on warmer days and avoids that body hugging look. I rarely wear black shoes, much preferring the versatility of varying shades of brown in suede and leather. I like how the blue laces on my Crocket and Jones bring out the subtle blue line running through the checks.
3. My coat made by Patrick Johnson is probably my favourite made to measure piece in my wardrobe. The cloth is a gun check wool and is particularly bold when matched with an orange or brown tie. Sports coats aren’t usually considered a young man’s go-to item but they area a great way to alter the look of your suits and experiment with different features like lapels and pocket styles.
Fashion credits: Suits all made to measure by Patrick Johnson. Ties by Drakes for P. Johnson. Shirts made to measure by Peter Lee in Hong Kong. Ray Bans sunglasses. Daniel Wellington watch. Pocket Square by Drakes. Crockett & Jones suede shoes with Incu laces and Meermin Tassel Loafers (from Spain).
SIMON JAROSZ IN MANLY
Frequent visitors of my journal know that I am a man of few words. I like my images to speak for themselves while giving a brief observation. It’s the words of others that I truly appreciate. I take it as a learning opportunity that I can hopefully share with others in my own way.
That brings me to my first Profile, on Simon Jarosz. When I discovered Simon, his sense of style really stood out and intrigued me. We met for a drink at the pub and got to chatting about fashion, creative stuff and life in general. And I have to say, the guy is a charmer. He agreed to be photographed for Men In This Town and discuss where his sense of style came from. I’ll leave it to you to see for yourself in our conversation below.
Fashion credits: 1. Oliver Spencer shirt, Jac+Jack shorts. 2. Ralph Lauren cashmere knitted vest, ChroniclesOfNever t-shirt, Folk tweed trousers, Jeffery West shoes. 3. Lisa Ho umbrella, Hugo Boss shirt, Alexander Olch bow-tie, Belt from The Other Side Shop, custom tailored trousers, HappyFeet socks, Folk shoes. 4. Volklore shirt, Canali trousers. 5. Ralph Lauren white t-shirt, Bassike grey joggers, Brixton hat.