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Stick one of these in your pants

In menswear on 16 July 2009 at 12:25 pm

I’ve been seeing Status Anxiety wallets around for a while but only recently found out that it’s an Australian brand started by a couple of guys in Cronulla. Props to them!

Status Anxiety 1

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They’re designed to keep your wallet low-profile – if yours is stuffed with business cards, receipts, laminated photos and loyalty cards from every retailer, these could help cut the clutter and keep you in order.

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The flip wallets are slimline and fun to use – just put your hard-earned on it, flip it around and it’s not going anywhere.

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They’re a good-looking gift idea, too, packaged in reusable tin boxes and smart slip cases.

Prices normally run from $35 to $65, but for this week only there’s a 20% discount on everything through their online store. Sweet!

Details of stockists around Australia and in New Zealand here.

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Heaven sent: Saint Augustine Academy AW09

In menswear on 5 July 2009 at 6:36 am

Some key pieces from the current Saint Augustine Academy AW09 collection, designed by Sydney-based Alvin Manalo.

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The collection is called Corpus Christi Carol, inspired by the Jeff Buckley version of a medieval hymn, and the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, which has a thriving motorcycle culture.

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The result is the mixing of religious and biker motifs with Saint Augustine Academy’s signature indie rock look, and some seriously formal options inspired by smart mods and elements drawn from the classic gentleman’s wardrobe. Read the rest of this entry »

Put a lid on it: men’s hats for winter

In menswear on 19 June 2009 at 7:12 am
men’s hats
Repeat after me: No More Baseball Caps – unless you’re actually playing baseball, in which case, knock yourself out.
Hats in winter are practical and a good look. A footy beanie might keep your head warm, but footy beanies are strictly for before, during and after the footy.
The rest of the time, you’ll want something with a bit more style. Here are three options.
The fedora. Softly creased front-to-rear through the crown and pinched at the front, the fedora comes in many flavours. Adjust to suit your face. Round face? Go for height and a wider brim. Long face? Shorter crown, wider brim. Keep the brim down at the front and flip it up the back to balance a square face. For winter, look for felted wool, like the Akubra Hampton, pinstriped like the Coal Considered Harwood (above), or be bold with an oversized houndstooth like this Goorin Brothers’ Nico.
The military cap. Peaked and with a flat, circular top, the military or train driver cap is the stylish alternative to baseball and truckers caps. Steer clear of khaki, camouflage and embroidered logos; instead, look for structured, banded fronts and smart detailing.
The flat cap. Despite the whole backwards-Kangol thing, the flat cap is still an option, especially in tweedy checks, herringbone, sober solids or bright and bold. Traditional styles sit high on the head, while the modern cut has more coverage towards the back of the head.

Repeat after me: no more baseball caps – unless you’re actually playing baseball, in which case, knock yourself out.

Hats in winter are practical and a good look. A footy beanie might keep your head warm but they’re strictly for the game. The rest of the time, you’ll want something with more style. Here are three options.

fedora

The modern fedora. Softly creased through the crown and pinched at the front, the fedora comes in many flavours. Adjust to suit your face. Round face? Go for height and a wider brim. Long face? Shorter crown, wider brim. Keep the brim down at the front and flip it up at the back, trilby style, to balance a square face. For winter, look for felted wool, like the Akubra Hampton, pinstriped like Coal Considered’s Harwood (above), or be bold with an oversized houndstooth like Goorin Brothers’ Nico.

military cap

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Fortune favours the fool

In menswear on 13 June 2009 at 1:38 am

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He’s a fool in name only. The designer of Fortune’s Fool Apparel, Sydney-based Shay Carthew, is one smart cookie. With just three collections under his stylish belt he has already emerged as a designer to watch – and wear.

In his AW09 collection “Elegantly Wasted” there’s an impressive mix of tough, tight tailoring balanced with softness and a playful sense of scale.

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“It’s a multifunctional collection that allows people to style the garments in their own unique way,” Carthew tells me. “I wanted to create a strong, tailored elegance and inject it with free-flowing, oversized comfort – at a recession-friendly price.”

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Can you bear them? Russian paw shoes

In menswear on 6 June 2009 at 9:04 pm

Oh, Mother Russia. You never cease to amaze me.

These would look so great poking out of a three-piece chalk-striped suit, yes?paw shoes 1paw shoes 2paw shoes3

Boyz n the Hoodie

In menswear on 30 May 2009 at 2:05 am

I have a thing for hoodies. For a start, I don’t have any hair so a hood is a great alternative to a hat and, being attached, I can’t lose it.

You can wear a hoodie by itself, and they add instant street cred – and warmth – layered under a suit jacket or blazer like a waistcoat.

Here are three Australian-designed hoodies around this winter.

Chapter 11

Pared back to basics, the Classic Zip-Up Hoodie by Melbourne street label Chapter 11 has three panels in the hood so it sits flat. Simple and subtle – inside pockets! – it comes in grey marle, charcoal and black. $69.

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