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Australian Menswear and Style blogger from Melbourne, Jared Acquaro is the face behind A Poor Man's Millions. A blog which aims to demonstrate that men don't need to spend a lot of money to look a million dollars
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    How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about

    - Philip Treacy


    Following on from part 1 in the creation of my custom hat, we now move into the final day of production. My hat has now been on its form for at least 24hrs and now it's time to remove it. This is the time that Tess would start to think about crown shape, the edge finishing and the colour of the band.



    The brim is pinned down ready for the wire to be inserted.


     The crown is then shaped into the desired form.


    Depending on the wearer's head shape, there are a few different crown forms to choose from. Tess and I tried out 3 different ones; from the classic pinch, teardrop and the extended teardrop.


    We decided on the teardrop crown as it allowed the hat to sit a little lower on my head (but not too low).



    Next the wire is inserted - There are different types,  some are pliable to help shape your brim and others will hold one shape.


    Choosing the pliable wire, the inner leather ring is cut to size and pinned into place. The hat is then tried on to check if it is firm enough whilst wearing.


    The outer brim is then based stitched into place and the, machine stitched to hold everything firmly in place.


    I choose dark brown for the band to give the maroon felt a warm contrast. 


    The bow is made by hand and then hand stitched into place.


    Band placement.


    Then a custom green silk lining is glued into place and the inner band is hand stitched.


    The custom green silk lining, as it's my favourite colour!


    The finished product is amazing, Tess's work is extremely precise yet effortless. 
    The experience of going from the creation of something through to receiving the finished product is like waiting for Christmas and then finally opening your presents on Christmas day. If you want your own hat made by Tess contact via Dressed By Tess or email tess.ebinger@gmail.com



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  • 07/26/15--16:45: Menswear & Style
  • It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.

    Alexander McQueen




    I've been flicking through some menswear and style online articles, both online magazines and blogs. I was curious to find out what the goss was of late and was there anything educational. Answer was, to be honest, a lot of the same same, "What you should be wearing this season", "What's hot right now", "Men's essentials", "How do dress if your short or tall". Now these are all great and within good context they are educational and can help but when you start reading them they tell you how something should be instead of offering an inspirational point of view thus leaving "you" the reader the choice of deciding if it is right for you.






    Most "essentials" state that every man should have a navy suit, white and blue shirt, black and brown dress shoes, a good pair of jeans and so on. When I was a mechanic, I never needed all of that in my wardrobe and not because I didn't like that style of dressing, but it wasn't necessary at that point in my life. But spearing forward to the present day and I'm in a different situation, I have the time and the life to wear what I like wearing and not only that, I know what I like and what works for me. This is the key to building your essentials, no matter what anyone will tell you; you should wear. Everyone should learn what you need over what is the fashion or in trend. The art of dressing to look the millions only has one rule which is "knowledge" without it, your money is wasted. It's like buying a sports car to help you collect hay bales on your farm because that's the latest model you "should" buy. 






    So in saying that today I did what I do every day and wore what I wanted. It's still cold here in Melbourne so layers were the foundry for this outfit. The day consisted of a casual catch up with a friend for lunch before a little retail work, this is "my" perfect reason for smart-casual wear. A few layers of wool on top, a comfy smart chinos, casual sneakers, scarf and a super warm wool bomber jacket to shield the icy winds whistling through the streets. Something I usually think about is what I'm doing that day and the situations I may be in, so I dress accordingly. I know that when I'm indoors I won't wear the scarf and jacket, so my outfit underneath is almost a separate outfit, making the final choice a two in one. This maybe a bit over the top in the line of thought process put into it, but it's just how I've learnt my way of style and I'm sure you all will have ways of your own too.






    Jacket by Scotch & Soda Artelier 
    Roll Neck by Hermen Menswear
    Chinos by Uniqlo
    Scarf from Oscar Hunt Tailors
    Sneakers by Elect Footwear
    Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson
    Tote Bag by Nudie Jeans


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  • 08/01/15--21:44: Summer Inspiration for Men
  • “Guys don’t need a lot of choices, they need the right choice.”- Sid Mashburn


    Small checked deconstructed jackets this summer.

    I'm late to cover Pitti Uomo 88, but I wanted to keep Spring/Summer fresh in the minds of those over here on my side of the world, as the Southern hemisphere slowly makes its way into our warmer months. 


    When the sun returns, it's time the men here in the Antipodes can fully spread their sartorial wings. In Australia, we haven't been born into a society that traditionally celebrates dressing well as is the case in places like Italy, but the Menswear movement has grown dramatically here over the past few years and it shows no signs of slowing down. 




    Here is an example of using  lighter earthy tones in summer and a nice reverse outfit combo on the right with dark on top and light on the bottom, then switched.

    Below are some of my favourite looks from the summer edition of Pitti Uomo. I chose these primarily because of their versatility.

    Dark colours hold the heat and are great for the colder months of the year, so when it comes to the Spring/Summer, the lighter tones take over. A forest green can be replaced with a lighter olive green; still earthy but light enough to freshen up your look. For the gents who has light complexions, you can go even lighter and experiment with more pastel colours as they will give your natural tones a deeper colour against them.




    I love the colour combinations and tones here, especially the rust orange linen field jacket. Both outfits marry very well.


    Contrasting a darker colour under light beautifully breaks up the dulling effect against the lighter tone skin. It also individualises each part of the outfit.



    Joe a friend of mine on the right from the Finery Company with Chad from BnTailor, an expression of modern next to classic for the hotter months.



    Mixing in denim with cotton and linen jackets will be a big sort after style this Spring/Summer, with it's relaxed smart casual feel.

    You may have also noticed the abundance of suede shoes and loafers, a great summer classic shoe and loafer can be worn through every occasion whether it be work, party or relaxed.


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    Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did

    - Newt Gingrich




    It's been a long time since I've done a round-up of happenings on my Instagram. It's been a very busy six months and things don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

    So without further ado, here are a few random highlights from the past couple of months on social media:



    I attended the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March and styled and helped shoot the Oscar Hunt Tailors (Winter 2015) lookbook.



    I had an amazing holiday in Indonesia, putting my new Paklite Airstyle luggage bag through its paces while relaxing in Nusa Dua and on the Gili islands in Lombok. There was also a street-style shoot with Nudio Studio, test driving their new sneakers in the process. 




    When I got back from my holiday I caught up with Jordan from Rokkman barbers to get a fresh cut, attended the launch of the 'Bowie Is...' at ACMI while wearing a new suit from the Scotch & Soda Italian Atelier range, checked out the 65th anniversary  of the Clark desert-boot and (phew) caught up with the gents from new Sydney-based blog The Hounds.

    Feel free to talk to me in the comments below and don't forget to follow @APMMILLIONS on Instagram


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    The man who, as is often said, can get away with wearing a trench coat over his dinner jacket, or an old school tie for a belt, is the one who, in fact, understands best the rules of proper dress and can bend them to suit his own personality and requirements
    – G. Bruce Boyer



    Photos by Dylan Nie


    This is easily one of my favourite quotes about menswear and style because it sums up what you should be thinking, rather than just blindly following the fashion herd. 

    I often get asked about old clothes, more specifically, how old does something have to be before you can't wear it anymore? And I honestly believe that there's a really simple answer to that question - you can't put an age limit on something if it's well constructed, It should practically outlive you. 

    They say that fashion is cyclical and changes every 6 months, so I might be throwing a massive spanner in the fashion works because I regularly wear clothing that's past its 6 month 'used-by' date. You can make it work by mixing these older pieces back with newer items of clothing.






    The trick is knowing what's already in your wardrobe. This makes shopping easier and minimises the chances of buying the same item of clothing over and over again. If you examine the contents of your closet you'll be able to identify gaps that need filling.

    Another thing that I've discovered while helping men develop their personal style, is that people tend to be drawn to the same things time after time. One gentleman wanted to break away from his norm and slowly introduce different patterns and colours into his wardrobe and while helping him choose a tie from a selection of twenty, I bet him that I could pick the tie that he would go for. He pointed towards the one that he liked and not surprisingly it was the one that I suspected. How did I do it? Easy. It was the most similar to the tie he was wearing, so it seemed obvious that he was attracted to that certain style.  






    The only way to get around this is to keep in mind what's already in your wardrobe and go after contrasting colours and patterns that'll work with what you already have. There's no point in buying another solid navy blue suit if you have one or two already, so why not try charcoal or shade of grey, both of which compliment navy, or if you're really attached to your navy palette, try introducing different shades and subtle patterns, then work your way onto another colour or shade. 

    So in the theme of today I wore my forest green overcoat from last year, layering it on top of my new navy herringbone suit and brown cardigan. I added on a recently purchased brown/green knitted tie and a pair of new suede loafers. I'll be able to wear all of these pieces next year and for many years to come. 

    Do you have any wardrobe favourites that you find yourself pulling out year after year?

    Suit, Overcoat & Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    Cardigan by Uniqlo
    Tie by Christian Kimber
    Loafers by Carmina


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    Nature, in its continuous flux, is a never-ending source of new ideas and inputs. Moreover, I draw inspiration from books, Their lives and imagined, Often from the gazes of men and women living with passion

    - Nicola Ricci






    I know that I've said it a lot in the past, but I don't really have any style "icons". Of course there are people that I admire and follow on social media, and I decided to use this post to pay homage to one of the men who's motivated me to learn about style, even though I usually find myself influenced by colour and pattern over particular items of clothing.

    When I was starting to write this post it was really hard to decide if I should go in order from top to bottom, or just post by random - It was difficult figuring out who I'd actually put at the top of my list, who's had the biggest influence on my education? I thought about this for awhile and one question came to mind, "who is the first person I think of if I want to see colours and patterns?" And the answer to that question is Nicola Ricci. 

    Nicola and his brother Valentino own Sciamat and together they make some amazing bespoke garments. One day I would love to be able to commission something from them but for now all I can do is admire from a distance. There are many reasons why I choose Nicola, like me, he looks to nature for colour inspiration, we share similar tonal features and I'm pretty sure we are around the same height. 

    So we have some things in common and both follow our own paths of style. Although I look to Nicola for the inspiration, I don't just go out and follow what he's wearing blindly.





    Nicola's style is pretty classic with an eccentric twist and he never looks over the top. I've read that his icons whilst growing up were Gianni Agnelli, from whom he gets his classic style inspiration, and the eccentric flair of the Duke of Windsor. Nicola has created his own distinct look but by from all accounts is too humble to share his wardrobe advice with others. Personally I think he gives out advice without even knowing, I know I wouldn't have learnt half of what I know without looking at his closet for inspiration. 

    Nicola Ricci, hat's off to you and Molto Grazie!








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    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society
    Mark Twain









    Photos by Chris Hacker


    Everyone knows men hate shopping but is this just a myth? 

    Personally I love shopping and I know other guys who also love shopping, so before you go on to say something gender-related, let's take a look why we think men hate it so much. 

    Obviously I can only talk about my personal experience, although throughout my experience of working in high-end retail, I've gotten to hear the opinions of hundreds of guys and these are some of the things I've been told over the years: We don't like trying things on, nor looking around a shop and asking for assistance, nothing fits the way I want it too, I don't know my size and I don't know what I want. 







    Men seem to not like trying things on mainly because of the last statement - they don't actually know what they want. Some may even say, "my partner wants me to upgrade my wardrobe" and that's why they've decided to go shopping. To keep their partner happy they'll go out, walk around the shops buy a few things that they'll never end up wearing. I think that knowing what you're after is the key to success before you even step out of the front door.


    Nothing fits comes under the heading of knowing how something SHOULD fit you. 

    If you wear casual bomber jackets and then go to buy a blazer or sports jacket, it's not going to have the same feeling, but if you don't try then you'll probably never know either.

    Not knowing your size is probably not true, you do know your size, although that doesn't necessarily mean that a size 32" pant from one brand will be the same as another. I agree with "I don't know my size" if it's something that I haven't tried on before, but if I'm a 32" waist in pants from a particular brand that's at least a good starting point to go from.







    Another thing I can agree with most men is not wanting to ask for assistance and this is because of trust. Is this assistant just saying I look good to make the sale? Is it really for me? It's a lot to consider even if you've built up a great rapport with the sales assistant, and once again knowing what you like and are after will make your life a hundred times easier. 


    Window Shopping is also a great option if you find it hard to make decisions. The entire process is obligation free, you get to know what's around and if you can't find what you're after I suggest thinking back to what you have already and then imagining what new items would work back with your existing wardrobe.







    Jacket by Farage

    Shirt by Mazzarelli
    Tie by Otto Marchesi
    Pochette by Christian Kimber
    Pants from Ebay
    Shoes by Santoni

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  • 08/16/15--00:37: How to Wear: Denim & Blazer
  • I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes

    - Yves Saint Laurent

    Photos by Zoli Dinh

    Today I want to talk about which type of blazer or sports jacket you should pair back with jeans for a smart casual vibe, and what jeans work best to create this look. 

    When it comes to wearing a suit jacket as sports jacket, it's best to find one with relaxed details - Wearing a corporate suit jacket will look like business even if it's worn with a pair of relaxed trousers so it's best to save those for the office. 




    More relaxed details could include things like different coloured buttons, patch pockets, a jacquard or patterned fabric or a softer/relaxed construction (Softer shoulders and less canvassing). The key-note here is; a more relaxed garment equals a more relaxed look, think about how casual track pants and a hooded jumper are!
    Jeans come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention the different shades and fades and even markings (whiskering). The best way to judge which jeans go with which blazer is if you have a pair that has markings and fading, stick with a solid jacket and/or Visa-Versa. You don't want to get too complicated with the pattern mixing as denim has a textured finish anyway. When it comes to the tailoring of jeans still make sure you use someone who has the right skills, cropping or rolling up the cuffs is also a personal preference. 



    I will say that personally if the rise of the jean is low I like to leave my top or shirt untucked but if it's a medium to high rise I like to tuck it in. It gives the illusion of more length in the legs and can either make my outfit look more relaxed or more put together.




    Jacket by Scotch & Soda Atelier 
    Roll Neck by Hermen Menswear
    Jeans by Boss Orange (Hugo Boss)
    Socks by Fortis Green Apparel
    Shoes by Boss Orange (Hugo Boss)

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  • 08/19/15--02:57: The Easy Way to Buy Shoes
  • Shoes make an outfit. You can throw on a crazy shirt and crazy pants, but you add those shoes - done

    - Russell Westbrook



    Shoes are very personal, they can make a statement or put the finishing touches on an outfit. Because we wear them just as much as we do underwear, shoes should be cleaned and taken care of properly. The beauty of footwear is that if you invest in quality, they will last you a lot longer than your undergarments. 


    The only thing we should think about when buying shoes is making sure to invest in quality. Well, constructed shoes aren't cheap, but should last you 10+ years if you look after them correctly. 




    I know that some of you will be reading this and thinking that you can't afford to spend $400-$500, but I have the solution to your problems so you can wipe those thoughts away. It's Paul Evans NY shoes.  Most of us forget about lay-by or layaway whilst shopping, mainly because we want the product immediately, but Paul Evans NY have come up with a novel idea for their online sales.The company wanted to cut the middle man out of retail and sell quality products (they use a family-owned artisan shoemaker in Naples, Italy) at an affordable price. Sound great, right? 

    Not only do they make a great selection of shoes, Paul Evans NY gives their customers the option of financing the new shoes with a payment plan. You still get your shoes within 2 weeks of ordering (if buying internationally), but you get time to pay them off, making the sale more affordable instead of paying one large lump-sum payment.



    Here I am wearing a very comfortable pair of their Belgian loafers in polo suede called the Van Damme. 





    Jacket by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    Polo by Sportscraft
    Pants by Boglioli
    Pochette by Breuer
    Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson
    Loafers by Paul Evans NY

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  • 08/20/15--06:45: MSFW MR RUNWAY- GIVE AWAY
  • "Sharp and cool in equal parts, MSFWs: Designer turns the spotlight to the men's fashion and style for the MR runway. "






    Adventurous and bold, Mr presents spring / summer ready-to-wear collections featuring strong and sophisticated designs.  Spend a night at the runway seeing stylish suits and confident classics


    Here is your chance gent's to join in on the action and win a free double pass to the MR runway.  All you have to do is post a photo on Instagram or Facebook of what you would wear on the night.



    Designers


    Aquila, Arthur Galan AG, Brent Wilson, Calibre, Et Al, Godwin Charli Jayson Brundon, Joe Black & MJ Bale.



    What to do


    Follow Apmmillions and MSFWs on Instagram or Facebook

    Post a photo of what you would wear on the night.

    Instagram Tags: #MRAPMM #MSFW @APMMILLIONS and @MSFW

    Facebook Tags: #MRAPMM #MSFW and post on the APMM page




    MR runway September 3, 8:30-9:15 pm, Melbourne Town Hall 90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne 




    Winner will be Announced Friday 28th August!


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  • 08/23/15--03:32: Turning Colour into Style
  • Every form is a base for colour, every colour is the attribute of a form

    - Victor Vasarely






    Colour is a big part of everyone's style. I've touched on the topic before, so this time around I thought I'd put my money where my mouth is and illustrate how I put colour matching into practise. 


    This is something I think everyone can try and it'll really help you discover your own personal look. The first thing I do is choose a photo, picture or painting, something that catches my eye - It could be a beautiful picture of scenery, a garden, magazine clipping, anything really. The next step is to figure out which colours are involved. Let's use the above image as a reference point..


    Photos by Zoli Dinh

    The colours I can see are brown, green, beige and bone (off white). They're easily identified and work well together. You can then take the colours from your chosen image to experiment with your wardrobe and create multiple outfits. 

    Some combinations could include a brown jacket, white shirt, green pants and beige shoes, or you could mix it up with a white jacket, brown shirt, beige pants and green shoes. Four colours x four items = sixteen different combinations. 

    Can you do sixteen combinations with these colours? 

    You can see here that I've put together an outfit using these same colours; with a beige jacket, green seersucker shirt, bone chinos, brown sunglasses and loafers. Combining shades isn't as hard as it sounds.







    Jacket by Denham
    Shirt by Mazzarelli
    Chinos by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    Sunglasses by Persol
    Loafers by Meermin

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  • 08/25/15--20:28: 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

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    "Our Cobbler-in-Chief was inspired by how this blend of art and technology so closely resembles the way we approach our own craft and using every aspect of photography, we’ve exposed the photographer’s world, fusing technical fabrics with classic design, for functional, beautiful objects."


    Photos by Oliver Sweeney

    Recently the eccentric Oliver Sweeney dropped their new Autumn/Winter Campaign for 2015. The main theme is that of vintage photography, with it's alchemical blend of science and art in which Cobbler-in-Chief Tim Cooper was inspired by how closely it resembled their own craft. The collection features beautiful hand brushed premium leathers in their blake stitched range, which showcases minimalist styles. Goodyear welted soles also feature in grain leather Royal longwing's and brogue boots to name a few with the addition of commando soles for the more off the track adventurer. 

    Below I have selected some of my favourites from this collection; I love the classic styles, rich patinas and textures, to see more head on over to www.oliversweeney.com  .






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    Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions

    - Pablo Picasso



    I had such amazing feedback from the first post about turning photo colors into clothing styles, I thought I'd turn it into a series of posts. Each chapter in this series will contain a photo with three or four main colours. I personally prefer four so there are a few more options later on.

    I chose the above picture because it was toned with color highlights rather than solid colors. I then inverted them and predominantly used the highlighted colors of Orange, Navy and Brown. I then accentuated them with the main color of white/bone. Remember the math of four colors and four items of clothing/accessories equals sixteen combinations.

    Get creative and good luck with your combinations!




    Photos by Zoli Dinh





    Jacket & Cardigan by Uniqlo
    L/S Polo by Zegna
    Jeans by (to be announced October)
    Shoes by Church's

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  • 09/05/15--20:49: MSFW - Emerging Runway
  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others

    -Ayn Rand


    It is time for the 2015 Melbourne Spring Fashion week and I think that it's going to be a long and exciting few days. 


    To start off the event, MSFW decided to showcase the Emerging Runway, featuring the top design students from both RMIT and Whitehouse. 


    I always look forward to seeing this show every year, as the students can run free from trends, fashion and whatever else is "cool" nowadays. 


    There were actually two different runways for both fashion courses, but I decided to pick my favourites from both shows and put them all into one post, I hope you enjoy the creativeness as much as I did.




    All photos by Sebastian Petrovski



    Erin Haigh – Whitehouse



    Sira Sous – Whitehouse



    Ivona Seklo – Whitehouse



    Amber Reese – RMIT



    Amber Reese – RMIT



    Tiana Shalevski – Whitehouse



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  • 09/07/15--14:35: MSFW - GQ Runway
  • "Taste and style is beyond clothes. It’s in food; it’s in quality. Working out, healthy bodies, organic food—they’re all part of the same thing."
    - Ralph Lauren



    Off to the MSFW Hub we go for the GQ runway and to be honest, I didn't know what brands I would be seeing only that it would be menswear. I was very pleasantly surprised when Henry Buck's popped up on the brand screen and as suspecting wasn't disappointed. Although some of the brands still to this day prefer fashion over fit the range from Henry Buck's was classic and slim fitting; slim fitting enough to be altered to super slim if needed. Harbouring off Italy's latest new up-comer Eidos Napoli and Napoli classic Isaia. Some of the outfits were styled a little sloppy, but I don't think many of the brands get to do their own, unfortunately. But at the end of the day Henry Buck's was easy to say the stand-out and my personal favourite. Other brands in the runway included Ben Sherman, Herringbone, Rhodes and Beckett, Autonomy, Bassike and Hardy Aimes.  
    (To view them, Click Here)

    Below are the great outfits from Henry Buck's, first one being the show standout in my opinion!











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    The best luggage to travel with a suit
    Using VOCIER’s patented Zero-Crease System, the C38 provides enough space to keep your suit essentially free of wrinkles until you arrive at your destination. It also fits in all overhead compartments and complies with international carry-on regulations.


    Traveling with a suit is something that a lot of men do for business and (sometimes) pleasure. When it comes to business travel you want your suit to look its best as soon as you arrive at your destination, but unless you continuously have your suit and shirts hanging they will have to be folded. 

    Some hotels don't even have an iron and when they do iron a suit is not the best idea to be a novice, but you can always hang it in the bathroom whilst you have a shower and hope that it's steamy enough to decrease your suit and shirt.
    But what if you didn't have to steam, iron or press your shirts and suit? What if you could travel anywhere for however long the trip is and still have a un-creased, wrinkle-free suit? Well, guess what? now you can with the Vocier C38 carry-on bag. Not only does this amazing bag hold two suits, plus shoes and shirts, it's cabin friendly, light, has multiple pockets and nifty compartments.
    The C38 has quick access zip to the toiletries bag, hanging points for 2 jackets, heavy duty wheels, non-scratch hardware, Italian leather trim, a removable centre bag and hanger plus it can also be hung from a door for easy level access. 

    As you can see below I decided to put the C38 to the test and travel with it, I put a suit in it and used it like any normal carry-on luggage bag, the end result was pleasantly surprising - there wasn't even a slight crease in the suit at all.










    Love what you see? You can buy this luggage back right now here BUY
    (use the code "apmmillions" to receive 10% off  until the end of September) 

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  • 09/11/15--15:17: Painting with Style

  • You can be creative in anything - in math, science, engineering, philosophy - as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance


    - Ken Robinson



    Photos by Zoli Dinh, Painting by John White Alexander (1856-1915) 


    Let's shift our focus to art as a source of style and colour inspiration. 

    Art, particularly paintings, can be a little more difficult to work with it can be harder to ascertain the primary shades and tones involved. What we need to remember is that while art is visual, it will evoke feelings that can be interpreted in many different ways -
    what one man sees another may not.

    Those little differences are what help to make our styles unique, so seeing what YOU see is perfectly fine and you'll often find that once you put your outfit next to the painting others will see it too.

    I came across this amazing painting by John White Alexander and was immediately drawn to the colours and felt that I could relate to them. The browns and greens, with black shadows and white highlights fitted perfectly with an outfit I had in mind. 


    This doesn't only have to be something for men only either, everyone can take advantage of their surroundings for inspiration, or it can be also an inspiration for you to dress or buy for someone else.










    Black bomber jacket, white shirt, brown/olive cardigan, olive/khaki chinos and tie, inspired by using a similar background colour to the painting.

    Bomber by Boss Orange
    Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    Cardigan by Uniqlo
    Tie by Nick Bronson x Henry Bucks
    Chinos by Sportscraft
    Shoes by Bally


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  • 09/15/15--04:04: MSFW - MR Runway
  • “Clothes are never a frivolity: they always mean something!”
    - James L
    aver


    Photo by Jacob Medina




    Now we come to the main event for menswear the Mr Runway. This year menswear finally steps up and into the town hall a growth I hope keeps growing as we should be on the same level with womenswear or overtake them for once.  

    The brands showcasing their upcoming seasons offerings were the likes of MJ Bale, Godwin Charli, Calibre, Joe Black, Brent Wilson, Et Al, Aquila, Arthur Galan and Jayson Brunsdon. Suiting was a major player with sportswear, evening and a few resort-like styles in the mix, for me this show I was looking for the color palettes and combos the brands were using for the new S/S16 collections. I'm not going to say who was the better nor point out which brand/s were in my favourites, it's all about the colors.










    Photo by Jacob Medina


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  • 09/17/15--02:49: Interview by The Hounds
  • I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.
    - William Shatner

    Thank you to the gents at The Hounds for flying down from NSW to photograph and interview me, it was an honor (Even though it was early on a Sunday but luckily I can't sleep in anymore). I do love interviews and the reason being is the quote above, which I think is very fitting. I learn about myself a lot and actually get to be on the other end of what I'm saying for once.  

    To read the full interview follow this link http://thehounds.com.au/features/jared-acquaro-from-tiling-to-stylin/








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  • 09/20/15--05:06: A Gentleman's Satchel

  • You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset

    - Tom Hopkins

    Grooming can feel very unnatural for a lot of men, some guys don't even know where to begin with it. There are so many products on the market these days and  it can be very difficult to know where to begin, or what will suit your lifestyle.

    Coming to every man's rescue, Ross and Shira created GentSac. GentSac is a satchel filled with premium grooming products delivered directly to your door. There are multiple choices of pre-made satchels, or you can order a custom satchel made up to your specifications after a one on one chat with the experienced team. 


    Ross & Shira Owners of GentSac

    Grooming has been a part of my life since day one. Coming from a family of barbers and hairdressers I was raised to look after myself. I know from personal experience that not everything on the market works for my skin or hair, and trying different products helps to figure out what works and what doesn't. Talking to the team behind the brand was very easy, I like natural ingredients and have sensitive facial skin, so being able to let them know and have that accommodated for gave me a sense of ease in knowing that I would get the right products.

    Below is a breakdown of the custom satchel I received from GentSac;

                                                                               

                                                                               



    Men-U Matt Moisturiser

    I chose this due to my sensitive skin. I find that a lot of moisturisers make my skin oily and shiny. Going with a matte concentrate stopped the shiny skin and kept my skin healthy and not dry.  




    Bossman Beard Balm

    I'm a massive fan of beard care. I was never a fan of facial hair until I decided to grow a beard and I've discovered that as long as you take care of it, it's quite soft and manageable. The best balms contain natural ingredients and this one can also be applied to your nails (believe it or not) and no, it doesn't make you less manly.












    Marvis Whitening Toothpaste

    Toothpaste is pretty straight forward, whitening toothpaste is also self-explanatory. So why Marvis? Well for one it's made in Italy and has been around for a long time. It's also a fantastic REAL toothpaste, not like a lot of the chemical based ones out there these days.









    Ponsonby Pomade by Triumph & Disaster

    I saw this product not too long ago and wanted to try it out so this was my chance. It contains all natural ingredients and has a medium to strong hold depending on how much you choose to use.










    Deodorant is a hard one for me because I dislike the ones that leave yellow marks on t-shirts. This deodorant uses botanicals and herbal extractions, which stops that discolouration from happening.



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  • 09/23/15--02:56: Spring time Styling.
  • Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style

    - John Fairchild



    Photos by Zoli Dinh, Studio Ninety5


    When it comes to springtime style everything should get lighter; the fabric, construction and layers. Deconstructed jackets play a big part in the style trends of the warmer months in Europe and it seems like Australia is slowly picking up on this southern Italian staple. 

    Deconstructing a jacket is the process of removing all of the foundry layers or insulation (i.e the shoulder padding, lining, interlining and canvas) leaving you with a shirt style jacket. Taking out all of the above makes the jacket lighter and during the hotter seasons. To keep some of the original shape, some clever tailors have been known to attach single cotton layers over the shoulders, from the front to just past the top seam - This helps because not everyone has the athletic or rounded shoulder for the fabric to drape over correctly, so by adding in this single layer of canvas the jacket will keep its shape and the fabric will sit perfectly around the shoulders and over the chest.




    Linen and cotton aren't the only fabrics used in this particular style of jacket. The one I'm wearing here is a wool/silk blend and it's not uncommon to find other wool blends either. To keep the air flowing through the jacket, I like to wear either short sleeve polos, linen or cotton shirts and t-shirts underneath. This is just one of the many ways that tailors have created specific ways to keep stylish during the summer without having to dress down in a t-shirt and shorts.








    Loafers by Hugo Boss





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  • 09/26/15--17:45: Today I Am


  • To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson




    Suit, Shirt & Pochette by MJ Bale


    Jacket & Pants by Ralph Lauren, Polo by Hugo Boss (all available at David Jones)

    It has taken me a long time and several different guises to find my own look, and I'm often asked for advice on how you can find yours too. I've explored several different methods within this blog over the past few years, and can't stress enough the importance of following your own individual tastes, getting inspired by your surroundings and working new items of clothing in with your existing wardrobe. Personal style is all about putting your own unique spin on things.  

    Despite the constant evolution of fashion, I generally stick with a pretty classic look. I know my proportions, I understand the cuts that suit my body shape, which colour schemes work with my complexion and the different patterns that I like - but I didn't always dress this way. 




    Suit, Shirt & Pochette by MJ Bale




    Jacket & Pants by Ralph Lauren, Polo by Hugo Boss (available at David Jones)

    When I was younger I would blindly follow trends without even thinking twice. I didn't stop to consider whether something suited me or even if I really liked it. I'd simply go out and find whatever was "cool" at the time and buy it. But then I started touring around Australia with a couple of bands and started picking up on small differences in style around the country. I noticed live music punters taking band merch and ripping the sleeves off, or cutting down the sides to create something completely different. It really resonated with me and I began to suss out what I really liked.




    Suit, Shirt & Pochette by MJ Bale


    Pants by Ralph Lauren (available at David Jones)

    I think that discovering who you are and being comfortable with yourself will make your style shine through more effortlessly, and although I've gone from a uniform of band merch and jeans through to wearing more tailored outfits, that doesn't necessarily mean that I won't ever wear a t-shirt again, only now I wear it in a different way. 

    Today I am Jared Acquaro, this is my style and the way that I like to dress. Whether it be in a suit or more casually in a jacket, polo and chinos, I always walk out of my front door feeling confident and comfortable.


    Thanks to Westfield and the #TodayIAm campaign, I'd like to know more about you. What's your style and who or what inspires you? 

    Join in and comment below, starting with, "Today I am..."



    All clothing available at Westfield 

    Shop suits here
    Shop shirts here
    Shop ties here
    Shop jackets here
    Shop David Jones suits here




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    Fashion Lane is a website where you can find the best fashion sales from 104 online fashion stores. Instead of visiting every fashion store and going through their sales individually, Fashion Lane aggregates all sales and lists them, sorted by highest discount 
    - Fashion Lane




    Finding bargains is a priority for most consumers, and saving a couple of dollars has become a 'must' in today's economic climate. Bricks and mortar stores seem to go from seasonal sales through to mid-year sales and even mid-season sales in a bid to keep up with their online competitors, as more and more shoppers are buying off the world wide web. I often get asked which websites I visit when I feel like dropping some of my hard earned cash, so I decided to do a bit of research and tell you about one of my new favourites.





    The internet can be like a black hole and can take you forever to find a great range of stores and then find great sales too. I recently stumbled across Fashion Lane, an online platform offering a huge range of sale items from footwear through to clothing and accessories. 

    The site itself is less than a year old but has managed to amass a very impressive selection of brands and bargains. It's also very easy to navigate, simply directing you to the best website to visit to secure the sale item. You then run through the usual steps to purchase from the selected online store without having to pay a "finders fee".

    Some of the menswear brands and sites I've managed to come across include Farfetch, RiverIsland, ASOS, David Jones, General Pants, Sportscraft, Uniqlo, and Woolovers. 


    So where to from here? Well click this link to  FASHION LANE and find a bargain today!

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    Eidos is the essences of something's being - it's idealized form - it's soul.
    - Antonio Coingoli







    The new-comer to the main stage in menswear, due to new head designer Antonio Coingoli, Eidos Napoli, have taken classic Italian menswear back to a classic base and spliced it with a modern take on soul. I started following them a few years back when friend Christian Kimber introduced them to me, excitingly enough Christian has now collaborated with them in the footwear department.

    Eidos design garments that can be worn through the years and seasons, taking pieces from older collections and mixing them effortlessly with the newer collections. Here I've put together some of my favourite looks that inspire me for the upcoming warmer weather.








    To view the entire collection head HERE