Yet another example of their intuitive designs and response to the needs of the people, M.J. Bale have introduced their new Spring/Summer line inspired by a motto the importance of which 2020 has driven home: “To live in the moment.”

The talented team told us, “The collection encourages customers to get dressed up and back in the swing of things – whatever form that takes.” It’s a fabulous concept that inspires positivity and hope and as the retail and event space begins to take small steps back toward normality, we think this design response is just the ticket.

The colours and fabrics in this campaign celebrate movement, lightness, energy and fun. And it features playful prints and vintage throwbacks that us colour-and-pattern-happy folk are swooning over.

And as always M.J. Bale are committed to doing their part for the environment, prioritising waste reduction and maximising recycling opportunities.

In addition, M.J. Bale have teamed up with not-for-profit charity AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) to showcase designs from talented Indigenous artists 100% of profits going directly to AIME. We are loving the proactive and positive energy behind this action packed but equally stylish line. Fashion that gives back. What more could you ask for?

The new range can be viewed in full here.


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The kings of stylish threads, P Johnson, have introduced their new 2020 tailoring range, and, well… It’s sublime. No surprises there.

The collection features subtle, restrained casual tones, an ode to the unmistakable Australian landscape, and confident cuts. The featured fabrics are rich and warm and sumptuous including camel hair, natural linens and merino wool.

However, what is really getting our home-grown hearts racing around here are the stylish accessories, all locally sourced and Aussie made.

The talented team at P Johnson told us, “Our belts are hand-made in Melbourne (croc and shark) and Queensland (hand-plaited kangaroo). They are hand-me-down quality. The croc is sustainably farmed (in the NT) and sustainably tanned. The shark leather is from the US and made from non-threatened and non-endangered Blue Shark. The Western buckles are a hand shake with our rural roots.”

We are loving these locally inspired roots. Fashion forward Australian quality at its finest.

The entire lookbook is available here.

About P Johnson: With a decade of experience at the forefront of tailoring, GQ designer of the year P Johnson is a men’s tailor specialising in soft, ultra-light suiting. Established in Sydney in 2009 and now with showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London and our own production facility in Carrara, Italy, P Johnson offers a unique approach to creating elegant and versatile garments for our clients.

Jacob & Dan

The brief for Jacob and Dan’s wedding? “Party!” The couple planned their perfect day together, with a focus on doing things their way. They tied the knot in a short and sweet ceremony at the gorgeous Glasshaus Inside and celebrated with their friends and family straight after. There to capture all the love was the talented Kate Enno. Below, Jacob and Dan share their story and the details of their wedding day.

We met when two of our closest friends started seeing each other – Jacob noticed Dan on social media and took matters into his own hands and reached out to Dan in a message. An immediate bond was formed, dates and drinks were had and the rest is history.

The best way to describe our wedding day is “less wedding, more party” – it was a short informal ceremony followed by a long and relaxed soiree. We chose not to have a formal wedding party as we wanted our closest friends and family to be able to relax and enjoy the evening.

The wedding was on November 16 at Glasshaus Inside in Cremorne. We chose to use Glasshaus Inside for both the ceremony and the “party”. It is a gorgeous Industrial warehouse in the back streets of Cremorne, full of lush greenery and industrial fixtures and fittings. It suited us perfectly.

We chose a cover of ‘I Will Follow You’ sung by Ricky Nelson to walk down the aisle.

We chose to wear matching Jack London suits slightly tweaked to suit our individual styles. Dan wore a black necktie, with cuffed trousers and black suede loafers, and Jacob wore a black bowtie with leather brogues – both were tied together with matching boutonnieres.

We kept the ceremony fairly short and informal. We used a friend of Jacob’s – Melissa Fahey from Mine Forever Celebrant Services. Her personal touch was second to none and we received so much praise from our guests as to how much they loved the way she delivered her words. Mel added a beautiful piece in which she read out our five favourite things about each other – the whole thing felt so personalised exactly to us and Mel even shed a tear, she was feeling the love so much!

Our photographer, Kate from Kate Enno Photography, is a very close friend of ours – we have always admired and loved her craft, and we knew that we wanted her to capture some stills from the day and she did an absolutely amazing job – thank you again Kate, you are truly gifted!

It was just amazing to have everyone together celebrating with us – there was so much love in the room it was overwhelming.

For our first dance at the party, we toyed with the idea of getting a dance choreographed to ‘Crocodile Rock’ by Elton John, however we decided to keep things a little more chill and just have a boogie with everyone else.

With some help from Mel from the The M Project, we actually DIY’d most of the wedding, from choosing furniture to hire, designing the floorplan, playlists, food etc. It was quite stressful in the lead-up, but we wouldn’t change any of it. It meant that the evening was exactly as we wanted it to be – a party!

We also had kick on drinks after the venue closed at an awesome speakeasy style bar called The Blacksmith Bar in Richmond. It’s in an old Ironmongers building and the façade and décor are beautifully thought out. The team here were so hospitable for an after party when we really had no idea how many would continue on with us. It was the perfect spot to close out the night!

Our advice? Make sure you plan the day for what YOU want as a couple, and not for what others might want!

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations Jacob and Dan on the day of your dreams and, of course, your marriage! Love that you kept things simple. The result was so beautiful.

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