Our new Stylist Series brings to light the people behind our brand—join us as we discuss their journey's into menswear from their first suiting experience, to their current style influencers and favourite suit details, to the items they place value on, their favourite coffee, literature, wine and more...This week, meet Micky, our Melbourne Little Collins St Showroom Manager.
My first suit I ever owned was actually a suit I made myself whilst studying pattern drafting at university. I made a deep navy tuxedo with a black satin, shawl lapel. It was fairly basic and didn’t have a full canvas finish but it is something I’ll never throw out despite it gathering dust in my closet. My first purchased suit was a double-breasted bespoke suit in a light blue check at the first suiting job I had in my early 20s.
Music is a very key part of my life. I have so many memories both positive and negative attributed to certain songs or sounds. Physical items I put the most value on would therefore be my record collection which spans a lot of my favourite artists and albums that I could not live without. I also have a ring that I wear always (which I made myself also) which has the first initials of my most loved ones so they are always close to me. (A bit cheesy I know but I would be very upset if I ever lost it.)
I got interested in clothing as a teenager, hunting out all the best second hand caverns I could find to score that one interesting garment. I never really sought out a lot of the mainstream brands and wanted to stand out. These teenage years I look back on and shake my head at some of the outrageous outfits I wore but it was the catalyst that got me into understanding style and how to create an identity with it.
From there I decided to start crafting my own designs and applied to study Fashion Design at Massey University in Wellington. One of the first items I learnt to make was a suit. As mentioned above, a soft, unstructured midnight navy tuxedo with a black satin shawl lapel and after finishing uni I dove head first into the tailored suiting industry. I love the feeling of creating a one of a kind, unique outfit for the clients I tend to. Seeing it fit them perfectly brings me a lot of joy similar to placing the last piece in a jigsaw puzzle.
I tend to wear more traditional English styles. I love the heavier weight of flannels and tweeds as well as them being so structured and armour like. Growing up in New Zealand you tend to need slightly warmer fabrics to keep you from frost-bite, so this is probably where this stems from! I am particularly drawn to checks and less generic colours like oranges and greens as I like to stand out from the crowd.
My interaction with the clients and seeing their face when they try on their suits at their final fitting. This is especially so when creating a suit for Grooms and Groomsmen—to be part of one of the happiest days of their lives really is quite special. They are always so grateful and it makes me feel so happy when we get it just right.
I have one really strong black coffee in the morning at home and that’s it for the day. I’m not really a morning person and need absolute silence while I get ready for work much to the detriment of my girlfriend who IS a morning person. Accompanied by toast with my controversial choice of peanut butter and tomato. Yuuuuuurrrm!
I’m a simple Kiwi bloke. Slow cooked lamb shanks with overly buttered mash accompanied by a glass of Nebbiolo. Tipo 00 in the city for Italian, Morrocan Soup Bar in the north, Neighbourhood Wine when I’m feeling fancy and Ling Nan’s for XO pipi’s!
Anything by Cormac McCarthy—The Blood Meridian is probably my favourite of his. Dark, savage and brutal satire of ‘The wild west’.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amon Towles. Maybe not an all time favourite but the most engaging book I’ve read in the past couple of years. An aristocrat is under permanent house arrest in a hotel in Moscow after the takeover from The Bolsheviks at the end of WWI.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. A masterpiece of story-writing about a shipwrecked boy stuck on a lifeboat with a tiger amongst other animals. My favourite book for a long time as a teenager.
I’m currently reading Educated by Tara Westover which is a brilliant book about a girl living in the rural Idaho mountains whose father is constantly preparing them for the end of the world.