They will never tell a man that something doesn’t suit him, that two things don’t go together. That’s one of the privileges of custom clothing, such as we operate here: we have no particular prejudice in what we sell

- Alan Flusser

The overall effect that patterns have on the eye is quite remarkable and to marry different shapes, colours and textures together takes a special skill. Luckily there are a few easy steps you can take to help add multiple patterns into your wardrobe without needing a degree in rocket science!

Patterns are like those old school "magic eye" 3D pictures - you stare at one for long enough and an image pops out. It works because a pattern is made up of a series of uniform sized bars, with minor parts changed on either side of the image to produce depth (and therefore a "magic" image appears).

When you have exactly the same patterns layered on top of each other the same trick is played, although it can be quite hard to look at, with even smaller patterns causing a "strobe" effect in photos.

So to make it as easy as possible you should always try to pair big patterns with small. You could also try big patterns mixed with small patterns over a series of different layers of clothing. The size difference will always break up the overall effect; for example if you have 3 completely different patterns but they are all big or all small, the end result will look too busy on the eyes. 

Jacket & Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Pants by Boglioli
Tie by Passaggio Cravatte
Pochette by Cristian Kimber
Socks by Fortis Green
Shoes by Loake

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed

- Benjamin Franklin

They started out by designing an amazing 'man bag' (if you pardon the expression) of sorts and now the successfully crowdfunded company,Linjer, is moving on to bigger and better things. 

Linjer have just dropped their first collection for 2015 (pictured below) and the new range features both tote bags and wallets. The brand is really awesome and I was super excited when they contacted me about arranging a competition for my readers - They are offering you the chance to win one wallet a day for 5 days (all details are at the bottom of this blog post). 

Vertical wallet

Simple and compact. Four thumb-friendly slots for easy access to your cards.

Billfold wallet

Lean and clean. Our take on the classic wallet. All unnecessary layers eliminated to cut the bulk. Ideal everyday companion.


No bells and whistles. One slot for bills and four thumb-friendly slots for easy access to your cards.

Passport wallet

On the move. Organize all your travel documents and tuck them into your back pocket. Comes with a handmade Japanese Walkie pen.

Work tote

A handsome tote to carry your laptop and documents in style.

To enter the competition to win one of these wallets, it's simply follow this LINK and enter your details. Good luck to all and watch out for the interview with Roman and Jenn, the two brains behind the brand in a few weeks!

*In total we have 4 wallets (cognac, mocha, navy and black) and one tote (black and navy)

You choose your friends by their character and your socks by their colour

                                                                                                           - Gary Oldman

I may not be seen wearing them much through Summer but when the cooler weather hits, socks are an absolute wardrobe necessity. 

There are quite a lot of brands on the market with a focus on bright colours and patterns but if the technical foundation on which they're built is lacking, after a couple of wears we're often left with a pilled, saggy, unwearable cotton mess.

With those factors in mind, new Melbourne brand Fortis Green, founded by Ray Willmoth, has stepped into the breach. With a background working in London as a men's footwear and accessories developer for Charles Tyrwhitt (among other brands), Ray's technical knowledge, design experience and manufacturing connections have resulted in an outstanding collection of men's luxury dress socks.

Several months ago, Ray approached me for some input into the brand's development and it was soon clear we had a shared belief that guys should invest in classic, quality pieces, though this doesn't necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune in the process. I believe it's more about educating yourself about production and materials. 
The Fortis Green designs are also really strong, with two ranges available including a vibrant collection of patterns such as dots, checks and chevron stripes, but for a classic finish, I prefer the block socks - statement bold colours with a hint of contrast at the ankle.

Fortis Green is using crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to take the first season collection into production. Launched on yesterday, Monday, the 23rd of February, Fortis Green can be purchased for the next four weeks at:

The collection will be available through selected menswear retailers from April

No one's ever really Given me any style advice. I wear what I want, and it does not matter what other people think 
- David Beckham

These days, men have so many different fashion avenues available to them and as a result guys (especially here in Australia) are feeling more comfortable experimenting with their wardrobes and finding their own unique sense of style. 

Here in Oz, I've started to notice a big movement towards "fast fashion" brands, namely European high-street labels such as H&M who have started launching into our retail market. 

In a nutshell "fast fashion" is where you take the newest catwalk trends and make them affordable to the masses and one of the major driving forces behind this push is the aforementioned Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). With stores all over the world H&M finally made their way to Australia last year and they, along With Zara and Topshop have changed our fashion landscape for good.

Along with these "high street" super-stores comes a wave of celebrity collaborations and so far we've seen the likes of Alexander Wang, Karl Largerfeld, Beyonce and Madonna design limited edition capsule wardrobes for H&M. But it's the retail giant's latest collaboration with David Beckham that's MOST likely to to get the average guys attention.

Known for his love of classic British style, David Beckham has been working alongside H&M since 2012, designing everything from underwear to this season's new basic essentials collection - Comprising of t-shirts, shirts, polos, chinos, trousers, jumpers and jackets. 

H&M were kind enough to offer me a sneak peak at the latest David Beckham collection and as a fashion lover I couldn't resist the opportunity to look at what's happening on the high street. I honestly think that affordable and stylish designs like this Beckham collection offer men the opportunity to experiment with their style whilst saving up for more expensive investment pieces, or perhaps even the opportunity to experiment with their wardrobes in the hopes of finding their fashion feet. 

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me

- Warren Buffet

It May Have taken me a long time to bring this topic to light, but there's no easy "just buy this" special solution to this problem ... The 'off the rack' suit. 

Like any clothing, the suit off the rack will vary in size and shape Depending on the brand. Sure you can always get your suits altered, however it can only be done esta to a Un certain point before you run the risk of ruining the shape and drape of the Original garment. 

I did some research here in Melbourne (Which Involved me trying on suits from a selection of mid-range ($ 599- $ 999) brands - I think anything under a Un certain price is not worth it in the longer run needed regardless of future wear or not ) and t hese Were the cuts and sizes That fit me the best With only some minor Alterations needed *

1. MJ Bale

Most Australians know acerca de esta brand and when it comes to suiting MJ Bale are not scared of using different fabrics. Their lapels They Also keep in the "fashion" range (smaller than standard). The regular fit best Worked on me Because The slim was too small in the waist (my best size is 38S (short) with a 32 pant). 
The jacket Would Have to be shortened in the front and back lengths and same With The sleeves, while the pants I would want to be tapered from the knee slightly and shorten the hem. Over all MJ Bale are a good choice off the rack.

2. Herringbone

Another Nationally Recognised brand and cousin to MJ Bale. Herringbone was brought` out a few years ago by experts deutsche  Van Laack, so I Decided to see if / what expats There Were Compared to suits now i had tried on in the past. 
38R (Regular) fit me best with a 32 pant and These Are Generally my "go to" sizes as my actual measurements are very close to this.
Unfortunately the jacket was too big and would Have to be taken up quite a bit and the pants shortened and tapered from the knee. What I do like the MOST acerca de esta brand is quality fabric lapel and Their standard size.

3. Joe Black

A younger Australian brand, Joe Black's image is classic but young. I tried on a 38S and the lengths were great With The pants taken up and tapered usual. The shoulders on jackets are more padded in Original, Which does not sit too well on my shape, the waist is more roomy (personally I'd nip it in a little) I did not like the small lapel, Which runs the risk of making you look bigger and that's only a plus if you're really skinny.

 4. Hardy  Amies

The new name on the scene here and originally from the UK. Hardy Amies have any available mix of classic and contemporary In Their suiting and are seen on the catwalks of London. I was quite interested to see how They would fit into the Australian market. The best fit for me was 38 in their "Brinsley" collection, Which would only need a slight adjustment to the jacket and sleeve. Unfortunately I did not get to try any pants but the fabric was nice and the jacket lapels Were of standard sizing. My one negative so far for esta brand would be the small collection of suits That They Have available, but AT LEAST the basics are covered.

5. Gibson

This young brand falls under the umbrella company Cambridge, alongside Joe Black. I tried on a jacket and was surprised 38S That it fit very well. The waist is suppressed and the shoulders have any available light padding. My only negative is That once again on the lapels are very small. Gibson Seems to be targeting a younger market with a more "fashion" angle - The pants I did not get a chance to try on.

* This is not a complete review on all brands and obviously everyones body shapes are different. It's Important to Remember That is better than taking in letting out, UNLESS it's a very small amount. I know what I like and as a result May Have Been acerca some negative things Which May like other people in a suit, so in the end it's your decision but I hope you That I have Helped Out With some knowledge.