Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has officially kicked-off in Sydney showcasing new styles from the nation’s most innovative designers and the latest in menswear trends. One of the most anticipated shows on the lineup will be the latest from Justin Cassin. It’s also expected to be one of the biggest in Australian history, with over 2000 guests attending.
The Justin Cassin Resort 2020 Collection will be presented Wednesday, May 15 at Sydney’s Luna Park, by a variety of talented Aussie runway models including former Olympian Michael Klim, AFL footballer Jaeger O’Meara and Neighbours actor Tim Kano. The accompanying live soundtrack will be performed by Melbourne songstress Owl Eyes and Thelma Plum, straight from her stint at Groovin’ the Moo.
The Resort 2020 Collection features contemporary styles that fuse comfortable streetwear aesthetics with classic menswear for a unique blend of laid-back sophistication. The Justin Cassin brand is inspired by the need to provide strong independent men with stylish, functional, quality apparel that will live through the seasons.
Justin Cassin was born in Sydney, before moving to the United States and studying fashion in New York. He worked for several fashion designers over the following decade before starting his own label. Cassin is primarily based in Los Angeles and frequently travels between Hong Kong and Sydney.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia runs from May 12 – 17. You can find highlights from the schedule here. Justin’s ready-to-wear apparel is found via the link below. His Resort 2020 Collection is expected to join the readily available styles over the coming months.
Gravel Explorer Toiletry Bag is a Travel Must-Have
Known as the toiletry bag in some circles, the Dopp kit in others, this humble accessory is one of the single most essential items for travel. Yet, many options offer little internal organisation, leaving travellers at risk of shampoo explosions or leaking creams and gels getting up close and personal with toothbrush bristles.
So we’re looking to Gravel – the brand which designs functional toiletry bags with sealed-off, waterproof compartments to separate the toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and such. Plus each kit features several other mesh compartments for all your dry toiletry items, keeping everything nice and separate and organised. If anything explodes in transit, it stays contained in its section, without ever running the risk of ruining the rest of your cargo.
Gravel has made its flagship kit available in two sizes: Explorer Plus and Explorer Slim. Plus is the larger option with eight compartments while Slim has six. Both bags include an adjustable hideaway strap and g-hook and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Gravel is the US-based brand that raised over one million dollars on Kickstarter funding the first Explorer toiletry bag. The name Gravel stems from the off-road surface that led the founders to some of their favourite scenic locations. To them, Gravel is the means to somewhere amazing.
Moving forward, your choices include remaining as you are or becoming more organised and purchasing a Gravel Explorer toiletry bag via the link below. If this kit saves you from inserting soap-covered toothbrush bristles into your mouth just once, it’s worth the price of admission.
M.J. Bale Launches Kingston Range Made From 100% Tassie Wool
Tasmania has undergone a renaissance of late, solidifying itself as one of Australia’s best places to source all manner of nice things, from the Pacific oysters of Pipeclay Lagoon to the grass-fed Angus cattle of Cape Grim. And while its many distilleries and wineries are doing us proud on the world stage, another high-quality product has been noticed by those in the know, and now one Australian suiting company is putting the spotlight on Tasmanian wool. Specifically, Kingston single-source merino wool.
Kingston is a fourth-generation wool producer in the northern Midlands of Tassie, with a heavy focus on sustainability and conservation. The site is home to 14 different species of threatened flora and fauna, and also boasts the largest single tract of indigenous pre-European grassland in Australia.
By using wool sourced only from this one place, M.J. Bale is joining the long list of environmentally-conscious brands which have started to focus on the textile industry’s inherent sustainability issues, and, much like a chef might showcase ingredients from a particular region to highlight their excellence, is able to put forward a high-quality product which might otherwise not be available to the public.
Launched at an event in Sydney last week, the collection, which is set to hit M.J. Bale stores later this month, is also an opportunity for the brand to give back to the original source, with a percentage from each sale going directly to Kingston farmer Simon Cameron, for reinvestment in on-farm projects which enhance the biodiversity of the land. This will coincide with a tree-planting program on Kingston, in an effort to offset the carbon footprint of the suits’ manufacture.
MR PORTER Introducing Japanese Menswear Collections
Leading online destination for fashion MR PORTER announced a series of exclusive collections from some of Japan’s most influential voices in menswear.
Launching May 6, The Japan Edit features 15 brands with 122 pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories from Ambush, Auralee, Beams Plus, Blackmeans, Blue Blue Japan, Flagstuff, Hender Scheme, Human Made, Kapital, Mizuno, Needles, Neighborhood, Remi Relief, TakahiroMiyashita TheSoloist. and Wacko Maria x Fragment Design.
Each brand has created a unique collection of contemporary and luxury casualwear for MR PORTER, interpreting Japanese style and culture in unique ways. The Japan Edit campaign draws inspiration from four distinct Japanese tableaus – vibrant Tokyo nightlife, classic Tokyo architecture, traditional Japanese watering holes and the modern tea room.
When explaining MR PORTER’s decision to stock Japanese fashion, brand Buyer Daniel Todd said: “It’s a country we travel to seasonally and one that we are consistently inspired and refreshed by when exploring new voices and fresh approaches to menswear.”
“Bringing together this calibre of designers under one capsule represents a remarkable opportunity to spotlight such talent to our global customer.”
Below is a list of what MR PORTER describes as the standout pieces from each of the brands.
• Ambush’s signature multi-string logo hoodie
• Auralee’s one-button belted trench coat
• Beams Plus x Kaptain Sunshine seersucker Harrington jacket
• Blackmeans’ studded leather biker jacket
• Blue Blue Japan’s indigo lily patterned short-sleeve shirt
• Flagstuff’s lantern print camp-collar shirt
• Hender Scheme’s black leather card case with contrast white stitch
• Human Made’s Ramen noodle printed T-shirt
• Kapital’s patchwork bandana trucker jacket
• Mizuno’s wave creation running sneakers
• Needles’ pink sweatpants with glitter side stripe
• Neighborhood’s skull-embroidered distressed denim jacket
• Remi Relief’s paper-cotton utility shirt
• TakahiroMiyashita TheSoloist.’s vintage American Flag patchwork bomber jacket
• Wacko Maria x Fragment Design’s zebra-print camp-collar shirt
You can find lookbook images of select items below.
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