THE PRECIOUS LO’S IN TORONTO
On my visit back home to Toronto a few weeks ago I was introduced to Nik Timar (left) and Gil Masuda (right) of Toronto based HipHop/Electronic/Soul duo The Precious Lo’s. Along with creating some pretty amazing music together, the pair bring a unique look to a genre of music that was notorious for its sportswear, now sporting something a little more tailored.
MITCHELL OAKLEY SMITH IN WOOLLAHRA
Mitchell is the founder and editor of Manuscript, one of the more innovative men’s fashion publications to hit the newsstands in the last few years. Mr. Smith was kind enough to invite me to his home in eastern suburbs of Sydney to document his impeccable style and talk about what keeps him suited up.
Fashion credits: 1. MJ Bale suit, Three Over One shirt. 2. P. Johnson Tailors suit, Uniqlo shirt, Carmina shoes from MatchesFashion.com, Moscot glasses. 3. Vanishing Elephant shirt, Three Over one waistcoat and jacket, Uniqlo pants, Grenson shoes. Video. MJ Bale suit, Vanishing Elephant shirt, Prada pin.
New profile coming up Monday…
ANDREW CHEN IN MELBOURNE
Andrew Chen, co-founder of New York-based 3sixteen, a contemporary menswear label with a focus on raw denim, was in Melbourne last week to launch his concept store in collaboration with MINI Paceman. I had a chance to sit with him over a round of scotch (or a least he did and I attempted) to talk about his own personal style, what makes the perfect jean and how to avoid crotch blowouts. Enjoy!
JARED ACQUARO IN MELBOURNE
I came across Jared’s style blog A Poor Man’s Millions a few weeks ago, only days after his first post. While it seems like there’s a new menswear blog popping up every minute these days, there was something refreshing about his point of view and knowledge on the subject. After planning a trip to Melbourne to shoot my Around Town column, I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Acquaro at his workplace Beggar Man Thief and discuss how he went from wearing band t-shirts to dress shirts.
Fashion credit: 1. Del Monti suit from 1981 re-tailored, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure Twill Shirt, Paolo Albizzati Tie with custom 5 embroidery, Cordone Pocket Square. 2. Scotch & Soda Houndsthooth Sports Jacket, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure French Blue Shirt, Florence Style Pocket Square, Bailey Nelson Sunglasses. 3. Dormeuil Amadeus Made to Measure Blazer, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure Twill Shirt, Paolo Albizzati Tie, Asos Camo pocket square, Jack London Cotton Chino, Grenson Bert Oxfords.
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.