Sunday, 25 October 2009

todays riding

Thought Id share some pics I took this morning. My first look at Cronulla(the hard way)
down and back on the bike. Though if it wasn't for the boys pushing me along I surely would have caught the train home and missed out on the feeling of accomplishment and a coffee afterwards. Thank you.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

from the roof

Thought I would take my camera up for a beer yesterday afternoon. The Office space is at 69 reservoir st. Its a great building with a beautiful fitout. Small business and sole traders mostly in the creative industries occupy several floors of small offices and shared spaces complete with DJ booth and communal library. The jewel is however the rooftop.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

my current favourite piece of kit

At the moment in the shop this is the jacket I covet most. I know you might be thinking there is no way known to man anyone could possibly wear a Guantanamo orange linen jacket.
but is is surprisingly easy to wear given the dark horn buttons. they give it some edge and take it away from being strictly for cruising retiree's. Personally i think it works best with some black, shoes or shirt and definitely dark denim or black trousers.

The 'Frankenshirt'

I have just received a sample shirt for Sydney to show some of the details you can choose when ordering your shirts. Pockets can come with a billow (pleat) or not, and with a flap or not. The same for shoulder epilettes.

We really should have done this some time ago for Brisbane. When Andrew returns from NYC we will design a few for the guys visiting the Brisbane shop to see.

the begining of a very expensive habit

This is Boris, he's an entrepreneur, bike rider and all round good guy. He is also a massive fan of Rapha, the english cycling clothing brand. So much so that he was invited to ride with the Rapha Pro team recently in Melbourne. He was also kind enough to bring back a goodie bag for me. Including this sweet little bidon. I just hope this doesnt become a Rapha love affair that I cant afford.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Spring - Summer

We have designed a small range of tonal shirts for the Sydney store as a Summer option. The fabric is a fine Egyptian cotton, and we've finished the shirts with a secondary fabric inside the cuff and collar that is a subtle colour variation.
The collar shape is a small mod style or what we call a #5. Ideal for wearing open or with a narrow(ish) tie.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Ties - just arrived from London!

Our new drop of Summer ties has just arrived from London. We have only ordered a few of each colour - so don't delay in snapping one up before they're all gone.
We've selected a range of colours and all in an easy-to-wear width.

The ties are fully knitted, so they have a great texture and are a mix of cotton, wool and wool/mohair/alpaca.
$89 each.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

And the Nominees are...

GQ's 10th Birthday edition has just hit shelves and as well as being their biggest issue ever it contains the nominees for this year's Men of the Year awards.

When the phone rang 2 weeks ago it was surreal to be told we'd been nominated. As excited as we were, the good folks at GQ asked us to keep mum on it til Oct 7th.

Now that the embargo has been lifted we are very excited to announce that we have been nominated in the 'Best Designer' category for our Pistols at Dawn brand.
This is a massive honour for both of us and we'll be pressing up our best tuxedos for the awards night on November 19th.

If you'd like to support the cause and vote for us we'd be very grateful.
Simply go the Men of the Year site or the direct link to vote.

Thanks to GQ for the recognition, and also to all our clients and supporters who have helped us get this far.

*Also congrats to Michael Zavros on his nomination in the 'Artist' category. There may in fact be a few Brisbane boys in their tailored Cloakroom tuxedos on the night.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

If in doubt go Classic

We seem to be getting more and more guys coming to see us for a suit to wear on their big day.
Although some want to do something a little out of the ordinary our advice is always the same - keep it classic and sharp.

Congrats to Heath & Penny who tied the knot in Sept.
As you can see Heath's 1 Button Shawl Lapel suit was very sharp with just enough 'dapper' about it for people to know who the groom was.

Details included silk covered buttons, a contrast wool on the lapel and pocket jet (rather than silk) and a skinny shawl lapel. Also Heath went with a traditional hand-pleated tuxedo shirt with french cuffs, but a mid-spread collar rather than wingtip to keep it feeling contemporary.

Very sharp!

Sydney Cloakroom Launch

Thanks to everyone who made it to the launch of the Sydney store.
We managed to get a few snaps taken early in the night, before we got stuck into the wine and cut loose on the dance floor.

Monday, 5 October 2009

My first real off on the beretto

I have had my share of BMX stax. With two younger brothers there was always a make shift ramp in the front yard resulting in at least one split lip and busted handlebars.
This morning on a gentle ride to La Perouse and back I hit a bump in the road and ate it. No where near as bad as it could have been. A little scratch here and there, bent handle bars and a ripped vest.
All in all pretty luck given I'm riding a carbon fork with no specified age!