Somewhere in the Sydney Opera House.. Wake me up later.. 
Details | Hoofs - LeatherSoul Saint Crispins for GW | Socks - Comme des Garçon | Pantaloons - P Johnson Loro Piana cashmere flannel for GW
(Taken with instagram)

Somewhere in the Sydney Opera House.. Wake me up later..

Details | Hoofs - LeatherSoul Saint Crispins for GW | Socks - Comme des Garçon | Pantaloons - P Johnson Loro Piana cashmere flannel for GW

(Taken with instagram)

A break from the RAIN..

This is seriously crazy weather. We are supposed to be in summer not 18c & rain 7 days in a row.

* I have had to pull out my winter suits from storage this week.. Not happy Jan.. 

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana wool/cashmere flannel for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Tie - E. Zegna | Shirt - Ascot Chang in Thomas Mason end-on-end for GW | Munks - Edward Green Top Drawer “Oundle” in CRUP on 888 last for Leather Soul for GW

Fatto a Mano
* There is something beautiful about imperfection
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Fatto a Mano

* There is something beautiful about imperfection

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Crunch front & woven tail
* thank you E. Zegna for understanding that a knit tie is not one size fits all.
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Crunch front & woven tail

* thank you E. Zegna for understanding that a knit tie is not one size fits all.

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

CRUP + FOX..
Ready for the wet.. 
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

CRUP + FOX..

Ready for the wet.. 

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Look into my eyes - I will put you to sleep with my Grown Man Style..

It’s spring & 2 months from when I said last week of flannel..

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston wool/cashmere flannel for GW | Shirt - P johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Loro Piana cashmere | PS - vintage Japanese kimono cloth | Hoofs - John Lobb “City II” in Pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW | specs - vintage from Shanghai

Flannel + suede = MostExerent combo
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Flannel + suede = MostExerent combo

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Tight cuffs make it hard to Exploring..
* Please stop messaging me about where I get my Wristraf as they are random gifts..
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Tight cuffs make it hard to Exploring..

* Please stop messaging me about where I get my Wristraf as they are random gifts..

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

Nicholson Wongolini or Guido Wooster?

Slight exaggeration as I am only referring to the shoes.. 

*Will try once more before deciding to sell or keep as these have been sitting patiently on the shelf for the last 2 weeks whilst I try & work them into per Guido Wongolini..

Details | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston wool flannel for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang in Thomas Mason poplin for GW | Tie - Drakes | PS - G Shen for GW | Hoofs - Alden for Leffot “Alpine” calf on Plantation crepe soles.

The back end..

Many have asked for shots of movement = CHECK

Many have asked for more dialogue = CHECK

Many have asked for more GMS opinion = CHECK

Many have asked for lessons on tying a double four in hand = SOON!

Many have asked for video = I don’t think you are ready to hear an Ashin with an accent that varies from Austraylien to hints of “English public school” education & stints of international scullery..

& now the back view..

Notes that you should factor in:

  • This is a Made to Measure not bespoke suit - meaning there is only so much one can achieve
  • I have “sloped” & “forward pitching” shoulders - meaning there will always be excess cloth around my blades if I persist with a soft shoulder construction, though this excess cloth also aides in movement. BUT I have some suits with a “roped” or “con rollino” shoulder in the pipe line which will provide more structure
  • The gathering you see at the back of my biceps are due to me not hanging my arms naturally - I had them straight down & by the time I remembered to hang naturally the shot was taken
  • 2D HD photography picks up everything in a nano-second where as the human eye sees the sum of a second
  • I do not employ stylists or use pin(s) & “bull clips”
  • My photographs are only colour, exposure, white-balance corrected & not photoshopped as we see in magazines - no smoothing or air-brushing
  • I’m not a model so will have back PHAT

Back to regular program..

* My Nephew is also fascinated with Grown Man Shoes & can’t wait to inherit my collection..

Details | Shades - RayBan “Round Metals” | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana “4 Season” (as in the collection, not that this is mean’t to be worn four seasons) grey flannel for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason “Silver Line” for GW | Tie - Drakes 7cm for the Armoury | PS - Etro linen | Shoes - John Lobb “Phillip II” in black calf on 7000 last for Leather Soul

John Lobb “Phillip II” on 7000 last. 
A quintessential classic & very GMS, along side with the “City II”. The 7000 last is not to pointy & not too round - perfect for one to grown into as this will last (pun intended).
* If you can only afford one or two pairs in your life, these are the ones..
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

John Lobb “Phillip II” on 7000 last.

A quintessential classic & very GMS, along side with the “City II”. The 7000 last is not to pointy & not too round - perfect for one to grown into as this will last (pun intended).

* If you can only afford one or two pairs in your life, these are the ones..

(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)

When to go ROUGH!

Silk or linen pocket square? The opposite in texture to your tie is a good guide but not necessarily the gospel as the total balance is the deciding factor.

Today I chose to wear a cashmere tie with burnt ochre & mid blue flecks on a light blue base. The texture of the tie is borderline fine tweed so a red on ecru gingham silk pocket square was an unexpected choice.

Usually one would wear calf shoes with a classic suiting as this wool/cashmere chalk stripe - but as the great Prince Edward & Gianni Agnelli has shown, brown suede is a great combination.

Again, all this is built on a white poplin shirt for foundation.

Details | Shade | RayBan “round metal” | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston wool/cashmere flannel silver chalk stripe on denim base | Shirt - Ascot Chang Thomas Mason “Silver Line” white poplin for GW | Tie - Drakes cashmere 7cm | PS - Facconable red on ecru base gingham silk | Wheels - John Lobb “City II” in Pewtere suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul

Yellow line?
(Taken with Instagram at North Sydney Station)

Yellow line?

(Taken with Instagram at North Sydney Station)

Beat Monday blues with grey (flannel)
(Taken with Instagram at Rough Edges)

Beat Monday blues with grey (flannel)

(Taken with Instagram at Rough Edges)

Is it going to be too warm for flannel? & there will always be ripples..

Notes: Suit - P Johnson for GW, Shirt - Ascot Chan for GW, PS - Herringbone, Tie - E. G. Capelli, Shoes - Anthony Cleverley “Bodie” for Leather Soul

Trivia:

  • 4 Seasons? This suiting is from Loro Piana 4 Seasons collection, not sure if they mean there are cloths for 4 different seasons or the cloth is designed for 4 seasons (in the Norther Hemisphere). Either way this grey flannel is baby soft to hand & about 220gms, should be good for winter & mid-seasons down here in the Antipodes 
  • Button up or shut up! Those with sharp eyes will notice that I rarely button up my button down collars when wearing a tie. Gianni Agneli who most considered one of the most dapper & influential dudes to ever have graced this earth is responsible for quiet a few style quirks that has over time become me. I say time as it takes a certain amount of “balls” to shirk of the snarks, in real life or the internet. 
  • Essential guidance: Every man should have at least one grey flannel suit - the grey flannel suit is as essential as the navy blazer. Single or double is really up to which side you dress ;)
  • Barchetta - The little Italian boat. You will also notice that the breast pocket is besom & has a curve that follows the chest unlike my usual curved patch pocket.  Ethan & I agreed that to keep some formality this would be the better stylistic choice. Not to say I won’t commission a 3 patch pocket at a later date. 
  • 5cm cuffs.. My favourite rule to break as most say this should be left to taller men.. FUK EM! I say as long as one has the balance & proportion, then why not.