FIND YOUR MAGIC

Find Your Magic

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LYNX

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GIORGIA MAE IN SYDNEY

Nothing is more attractive than you being you. That’s why male grooming brand LYNX has partnered with fashion designer Felix Chan (formerly Vanishing Elephant) to create the Find Your Magic collection. The limited edition men’s accessories are inspired by its new Daily Fragrance range and three individuals who stand out for doing things differently. I’m excited to introduce these creatives with LYNX in a new series of profiles where we’ll get to chat with chef Nathan Sasi, tattoo artist Giorgia Mae and hairdresser Jules Tognini about their Find Your Magic Collection and find out what their magic is. Last but not least…

Tattoo artist Giorgia Mae is quite simply someone who oozes urban style and individuality. An artist since she was in her teens and having been in the tattoo industry since 2012 she is currently tattooing at Hibernia Tattoo in Surry Hills and frequently appears on the TV show, Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew. Giorgia draws inspiration for both life and style through her family’s Scottish roots as well as her family bond, which she compares to that of the wolf pack that spends their lives together.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

Probably rolling out of bed at like 9am, then slowly sloth into work and start tattooing around midday. We usually wrap up at 7pm and all head out for dinner or get on the drinks. It’s a pretty good day, I can’t complain.  

HOW DID YOUR CAREER AS A TATTOO ARTIST GET STARTED?

I got started through a tattooist friend of mine, who (after I was forced to drop out of school, where I was studying animation) thought my art would do well in the tattoo industry. I’ve always wanted to take a shot at tattooing but never really had the confidence, it’s a really hard industry to break into and I was scared of rejection. But he gave me the confidence to go for it and I ended up getting an apprenticeship at the first place I applied to, I was really lucky.

WHY DO YOU THINK LYNX APPROACHED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN ‘FIND YOUR MAGIC’ COLLECTION?

It’s a fashion project that is aimed towards men but I think the lines between gender and fashion is becoming more blurred. I mean I dress like a boy almost everyday, that’s how I feel comfortable, maybe because I’m a woman working in a male dominated industry. My accessories reflect that, they’re very masculine but with a little feminine touch to them and I think that element comes through my art on the pieces.

WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR MAGIC?

I really thought about this and I think everybody has that one thing and for me, it’s being able to express myself though art. It gives me a lot of confidence and happiness and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It makes me, me.

Nick wears Giorgia’s   arrow tie  ,   plaid socks   and   silk scarf   from her  Find Your Magic  Collection, available exclusively at   The MITT Mrkt .  All proceeds from the collection will be made to   LYNX  ’s charity partner,   I-Manifest  .

Nick wears Giorgia’s arrow tieplaid socks and silk scarf from her Find Your Magic Collection, available exclusively at The MITT Mrkt. All proceeds from the collection will be made to LYNX’s charity partner, I-Manifest.

Find Your Magic

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LYNX

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NATHAN SASI IN SYDNEY

Nothing is more attractive than you being you. That’s why male grooming brand LYNX has partnered with fashion designer Felix Chan (formerly Vanishing Elephant) to create the Find Your Magic collection. The limited edition men’s accessories are inspired by its new Daily Fragrance range and three individuals who stand out for doing things differently. I’m excited to introduce these creatives with LYNX in a new series of profiles where we’ll get to chat with chef Nathan Sasi, tattoo artist Giorgia Mae and hairdresser Jules Tognini about their Find Your Magic Collection and find out what their magic is. Second to the plate…

Nathan Sasi is a Sydney chef with most recent fame from the opening of the Good Times Artisan Ice Cream store in Potts Point and Sydney restaurant Mercado. Having been the culinary genius behind the Nomad kitchen as executive chef, Sasi shot to fame and has continued to make his mark on the food and lifestyle Sydney scene. An entrepreneur making waves across Sydney, Sasi’s individual look, his confidence to stand up and stand out and his signature style has that little bit of magic that we wanted to share.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

My average day is very, very long. It starts at 5am because we only opened our restaurant three weeks ago. I come in in the morning and I’m the baker as well as the restaurant owner, so I mill all my own grains and make the bread until about 9am. After that we just get stuck into all the preparation of opening up the restaurant. I have 17 other people who help me so it’s not all on my own. I usually end the day at 1am, after cleaning up and doing some ordering for the next day… it’s a whirlwind from start to finish.

HOW DID YOUR CAREER IN FOOD GET STARTED?

I actually did it to impress a woman. So there was this girl that I really liked and she just started a job as a waitress. She kept talking about how cute the chefs were and how talented they were, so I was like, if I’m going to try and get this girl, I’m going to become a chef.

So my first job was working for Neil Perry at his restaurant Rockpool. It was a three-hatted restaurant, regarded as one of the best in Australia and in the world and I did my whole apprenticeship there.

DID YOU GET THE GIRL?

I sure did, she’s my wife.

WHY DO YOU THINK LYNX APPROACHED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN ‘FIND YOUR MAGIC’ COLLECTION?

I think that food, fashion and grooming are of the same silk. They have become these artisan products that represent an individual’s tastes. I think LYNX saw something different and unique in what I’m doing with food in Sydney and wanted to create a collection that represented what I stand for. In the kitchen, I like to be really hands on. I like to make everything from scratch including cheese making, bread making  and curing our own meats. I wanted to represent that in the collection while working with Felix, and really giving it my all.

WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR MAGIC?

Maybe it’s my respect for old-school traditions. I love getting to know where people have come from, delving into their pasts and learning from them. Whether it’s in fashion, food or just life in general, there is something to say in how people choose to live.

Nathan wears the   silk pocket square  ,   patterned tie   and   cross socks   from his  Find Your Magic  Collection, available exclusively at   The MITT Mrkt  . All proceeds from the collection will be made to   LYNX  ’s charity partner,   I-Manifest  .

Nathan wears the silk pocket squarepatterned tie and cross socks from his Find Your Magic Collection, available exclusively at The MITT Mrkt. All proceeds from the collection will be made to LYNX’s charity partner, I-Manifest.

Find Your Magic

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LYNX

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JULES TOGNINI IN SURRY HILLS

Nothing is more attractive than you being you. That’s why male grooming brand LYNX has partnered with fashion designer Felix Chan (formerly Vanishing Elephant) to create the Find Your Magic collection. The limited edition men’s accessories are inspired by its new Daily Fragrance range and three individuals who stand out for doing things differently. I’m excited to introduce these creatives with LYNX in a new series of profiles where we’ll get to chat with chef Nathan Sasi, tattoo artist Giorgia Mae and hairdresser Jules Tognini about their Find Your Magic Collection and find out what their magic is. First up…

Jules Tognini is one of Australia’s styling icons – having been Australian Male Hairdresser of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The definition of adventurous, Tognini started his career popping up hair salons throughout Costa Rica to raise travelling money as he explored South America. His love for hairdressing stems from the fact that it’s a job that makes people smile and feel good about themselves and that you get paid to have fun and be creative.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?

Everyday is a little bit different. We have two hair salons in Brisbane and I’m working there about three days a week, I’ve become more of a guest now. We have an education company called ‘Lil off the top’ where we provide tailored education for salons and their teams, so that has me out on the road a lot.

HOW DID YOUR CAREER IN HAIR GET STARTED?

I kind of fell into it. My dad is a hairdresser, a really good one at that and I never really had to pay for a haircut in my life. I’ve never known what a shit haircut looked like because my dad would always make me look good. So about 10 years ago, I went on a bit of a travel adventure and when I looked into the rearview mirror of the hire car after a few months, I realised my hair was shit. It was the first time in my life that my hair was not on point. So I went to look for a hairdresser in Costa Rica and the translation was a bit of a laugh so I got a pair of scissors and cut my own hair. It looked better. My mates let me cut their hair as well and when we went out to the beach bars at night people would ask us about our hair and they would point to me and said I cut their hair. So I started cutting hair for beer money. I didn’t really know what I was doing but people were trusting me. Every time somebody would ask me, I would say ‘yeah, cost you a beer’, so the more hair I cut, the more beer I drank and the more creative I got. I left that trip and returned home broke but I had this really cool experience with cutting hair. I saw that it didn’t mean you had to put yourself in a box and you could literally cut hair anywhere. So to learn a bit more, I went to my dad’s salon and asked for a job; thankfully I got it. If anybody would have said ten years ago that I would become a hairdresser, I would have laughed at them. But here I am now.

WHY DO YOU THINK LYNX APPROACHED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN ‘FIND YOUR MAGIC’ COLLECTION? 

I think every guy has their own little creative ingredient and they do their own thing. I think LYNX saw what I was doing with hair and thought I could bring some of that magic to this collection.

WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR MAGIC?

I love people, I love people smiling and finding out what makes them tick. I think being a hairdresser you hear people’s stories and you learn that everyone has one to tell. So I think that side of my personality, having a good time and chatting would be one of them. Ripped jeans is another. Do you like my jeans? I’ve had them for years, they’ve had many repairs to the crotch. I don’t like to throw things out, I’m not a hoarder but when you have a really great piece and you wait long enough, it’ll come back into fashion. These are the first pair of jeans I ever got when I started hairdressing, I get them fixed maybe once a week now. I think it’s one of those things, when you’re getting paid $200 a week as an apprentice at 23, living with your parents, you can buy one really good pair of jeans and that’s it. I wore them every day for the first three years, they’re a pair of Nudies. So yeah, I guess stories would be my magic, telling them through fashion or while I’m giving a hair cut.

Jules wears the   blue bandana  ,   blunt tie   and   tie-dye socks   from his  Find Your Magic  Collection, available exclusively at   The MITT Mrkt  . All proceeds from the collection will be made to   LYNX  ’s charity partner,   I-Manifest  .

Jules wears the blue bandanablunt tie and tie-dye socks from his Find Your Magic Collection, available exclusively at The MITT Mrkt. All proceeds from the collection will be made to LYNX’s charity partner, I-Manifest.