They say the duality of one side versus another is actually an illusion, as without a head and a tail, there is no coin. The same as in boxing, both fighters are actually one. A champion without a challenger has no role, so in a sense, red trunks and blue trunks are co dependant on each other and are in fact one and the same.
Competition breeds a healthy environment for growth, and for us in the Melbourne rag game, there is nothing we get more inspiration from. We support anyone in our backyard doing well, as it drives us all to reach new levels. There's no hating, it's all love. Especially when we see people doing things differently, opening new dimensions for creative expression.
We don't think of menswear and fashion as "Us vs Them", but more "Us vs Ourselves", as we are all part of one community sharing the same evolving passion. We draw inspiration from anyone in the Melbourne scene set on evolving the game. Christian Kimber, Nam Nguyen and Steven Calder have been a few dudes we have noted play their own field in the menswear and take it to another level.
English born designer recognised for a self described hybrid style of menswear, streetwear and high fashion; footwear designer Christian Kimber brings a unique element of sophistication to the menswear game. Currently operating out of his new Fitzroy store and stocking his hand crafted mens shoes in some of the finest retail outlets worldwide, Christian's success through hard work sets a benchmark for us all to aim toward. We look forward to seeing to seeing Kimber expand into clothing as we are massive fans of his work.
Sporting sartorial swag with an honest individualism that few others in our city can rival (in our opinion), Melbourne local Nam Nguyen has always inspired us to look our best, whilst being true to ourselves. Defining his own boundaries within menswear and making it work so effortlessly, we have always respected Nam's fluidity in style. Nam's very own bespoke label, Grandpa Artillery has us all anticipating what's next.
With a passion for Italian tailoring, Steve Calder is committed to bringing a piece of the Neapolitan tailoring tradition to our shores. During travels he discovered a generations-old workshop outside Naples, Italy, which has now become his source for product. Working alongside these master tailors he developed his own unique designs, which are now available for purchase in Melbourne. We pay our respects to this sartorial aficionado, who has gone the distance to ensure Melbourne gets the real m'coy.
By bringing their own piece of individual creativity and flair to the Melbourne menswear game, these cool cats have added to a growing community in which we can all thrive. We look forward to future blog features with these guys and others cut from the same cloth.