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Mike Chambers

Mike Chambers

What do you do?

I co-founded a men’s networking group, Suitably Connected. We give our members a different kind of networking experience in Melbourne. From hosting events in tailoring houses, to doing wine and beer tastings, we have a lot of fun and importantly, we raise money for a great charity, Wear For Success. Wear For Success helps to dress train and groom underprivileged men and women trying to gain permanent employment – check it out at suitablyconnected.org – I also work in business development for a law firm.

Where do you live?

Melbourne, it’s a great city. I thought I’d struggle to adapt after living in London and Singapore for five years, but I love it here.

What are the style trends for 2015?

Suiting: I think we’ll see a movement towards more bespoke suits. It’s catching and there are some great young Australian businesses in this space. Don’t be surprised if dark brown, almost liquorice-like comes in to compliment the standard navy and grey that all business men have. Hopefully there will be more mixing and matching in the workplace – for far too long men have hidden behind suits as a uniform. Change it up I say – you can still look smart by doing so.

Casual: Long sleeve polo’s, tucked into smart but casual trousers all of which will be pretty tonal; cream, green, grey and navy. I think we’ll see a bigger hat culture in 2015 too – we’re behind in that department. I think the unstructured jackets will continue their rise to prominence as well – once you go unstructured you won’t go back.

Mike Chambers

What article of clothing can’t you live without?

My go to piece is a navy basket weave, completely unstructured jacket with patch pockets and a three button roll. It’s a basket weave, so it’s versatile – it goes with everything, can be dressed up or down and it feels like I’m not wearing anything when I’ve got it on. I recommend highly.

Is there an “Australian style” for men?

For a small country we’re pretty diverse when it comes to style, or lack thereof. That said, I think a lot of guys play it far too safe and go for convenience fashion. To quote Ryan Gosling: "You’re better than the GAP". I think our climate and somewhat cheeky nature lends itself to showing a bit of personality in what we wear – so we should use that as a license to have some fun.

What’s your go-to gadget?

I shave with an old safety razor by the German company Mühle. They’re great, so sharp and it gives an amazing shave, but the blades are hard to come by and I am out of them at the moment.

Favourite place to eat?

Kirk’s Wine Bar nails it, every time; In London, Quality Chop House ‐ amazing; In Melbourne, it's tough – probably Bistro Gitan or Bar Lourinha.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

Flanella Grigia (Rome) – just unreal; Piero Albertelli (Rome); Liberty (London); Trunk (London); George Cleverly (London); P Johnson Tailors (Melbourne); Oscar Hunt Tailors (Melbourne); Double Monk (Melbourne)

Mike Chambers