Our ever popular combination dressing section features The Academy Brand, MJ Bale, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste and Nautica in our Summer 2017 issue.
Photography Adrian Price
Styling Kim Payne
Grooming Bradwyn Jones
Videos by Byron Keane
The Academy Brand
When we spoke with The Academy Brand founder Anthony Pitt for our Men Of Style list this year, he used words like “laidback, casual, simple, streamlined” to describe his style and what he likes in menswear. Those qualities are also self-evident in the clothes from The Academy Brand, making them particularly suitable for Australian men who would largely describe themselves in the same way. Simplicity, a restrained colour palette, and well-cut garments in quality fabrics comprise the offering through men’s shirts, tees, shorts, swimwear, basics, hoodies, jackets and more. It’s a bona fide Australian success story.
While there are a number of homegrown menswear brands, it’s arguable MJ Bale – founded by Matt Jensen in 2009 – has been the most significant of the last decade when it comes to dressing Australian men. With its keen pricing and prominent high street presence in 57 standalone stores around Australia (including outlets), MJ Bale’s offering of a wide style of suits and separates, along with blazers, shirts, shorts, knitwear, accessories and more has become a gateway into quality dressing for many Aussie guys. Characterised by ‘soft tailoring’ which makes the garments ideal for warmer Australian conditions, MJ Bale’s success reveals it’s discovered a winning formula in its appeal to local men. mjbale.com.au
Created in New Orleans in 1907 especially for hot and humid conditions, seersucker is the perfect material when you need to remain ‘dressed up’ in the Australian summer. Given its heritage, what better place to buy a seersucker suit than heritage US men’s outfiiter Brooks Brothers, celebrating 200 years of existence during 2018. The brand that has dressed numerous Presidents and become a byword for suiting in the States brings its unique experience to the blue-and-white stripe of this particular fabric. Team the suit with hues of pink or red on your shirt, tie and pocket hanky, and instantly achieve a timeless, old-world look that’s also just damn cool.
The effortlessly chic French brand has come a long way since René Lacoste first introduced his iconic piqué polo shirt 80 years ago. Today Lacoste is a full apparel offering, as well as shoes, accessories and leather goods, all informed by its heritage as a classic brand for the active, outdoor man but also with a cool, contemporary edge. Put on Lacoste and you immediately look like a man with a firm grasp of his own style, rooted in quality staples but with room to add the stylish, on-trend flourish… like the lightweight trench here.
Rapper Lil Yachty joins with the famous lifestyle brand for an exclusive heritage capsule collection for Summer 2017. The super bright 19-piece collection draws inspiration from Nautica’s design archives as well as favorite personal vintage Nautica items Lil Yachty has worn over the years. The collection covers both apparel and accessories, and includes a ripstop down puffer coat, Sherpa fleece bomber jackets, knit activewear tops and bottoms, cargo shorts, graphic tees, colour blocked polos and reversible fleece-lined bucket hats. Nautica-branded logo graphics and tartan plaid prints from the archives are re-mixed with fresh colours, logo treatments, and updated with Lil Yachty’s “Sailing Team” logo. nautica.com.au