Who is Jared Acquaro?

Surround yourself with good people. People who are, going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.
Derek Jeter



Photos by Chris Hacker



In 2012, I was working as the floor manager in a store and wanted to learn a bit more about shoes. Rewind to a time a bit earlier than that and I had just been given the life-changing news that I was no longer able work the trade that I had been trained in.

What does one do in times like that? Like most people, I floated on by until I was able to pick up the pieces and find myself again. 

Probably the most common question that I get asked is where did I study. Did I go to RMIT, Savile Row or a school in Milan? When I hear questions like that I know that finally I've found the right path.





If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that the answer is nowhere.

I took it upon myself to study, make mistakes and learn from them. I refreshed my textile and sewing skills, shadowed tailors and tried to pick up as much as I could. If I was lacking something I'd go out of my way, to figure out what it was. Apart from continuing to learn every step of the way, there were fears to face and other challenges. 

Surprisingly my number one issue was being in front of a camera.To say that I hated it would be the understatement of the century, unless you caught me completely off guard or I was intoxicated. Kirsty Umback, my friend, and long-time photographer pushed me into doing this blog. I was very stubborn at first and didn't want my photo taken - I never thought about what would happen if I put a couple of pictures up on the internet, but we did it and got such a great response.





I don't shy or run from the camera these days, and can say with confidence that I've also learnt a lot about the world of blogging, social media and self-worth along the way. 


My advice for people wanting to get into blogging is simply, go for it! Just remember to stay true to yourself and don't let money be your only motivator. This website could have gotten a lot bigger at a much quicker pace if I'd sold out and followed the trends, but really, I think that would be super boring.




At times, it'll get hard and you may lose friends and social time. Remember that nothing is ever "free", time is not your friend, don't let the dollars tunnel you and be prepared to be fed to the sharks. 


I'm not trying to scare anyone away and if the good points didn't drastically outweigh the negatives I would have quit this malarkey years ago. 


As always, thanks for reading. You guys are a great audience.



Suit by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Shirt by Eredi Libero Milano
Tie by Breuer
Pochette by Eton
Loafers by Santoni