Hey, gidday mates! No trip to Auckland is complete without a stop off at Gubb and Mackie — the historic naval tailoring brand that’s been making all my nautical dreams come true since Murray Crane took over in the early 2000s. Right now the store is having a love affair with handmade utilitarian workwear, meaning it’s the go-to if you’re after polished chore shirts or sturdy cotton drill sport-coats. As you’ll see here, I wanted to go as classic sailor as possible, and if there’s one thing a sailor loves, it’s fifty shades of blue, paired with some wide-leg khaki pants. Kiwis for the win! Aye aye, Captain!Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! I wore a variation on this outfit when I met up with my old boss, mentor and friend Murray Crane in Italy a couple of weeks ago. The only difference was the shoes: Instead of these Burberry beauties, I was wearing my trusty black Dr Martens; i.e. I was committing a 101 error of men’s fashion. After about 45 minutes, I couldn’t contain myself any longer. “Murray,” I said, “I’m not sure if you noticed, but I’m wearing a brown belt and black shoes. Can I get away with it?”Click to Continue!
I went through this phase about five years ago where I deluded myself into thinking I had a lot more money than I really did, and lived like an absolute baller — eating out approximately five times a week at this not-inexpensive Italian restaurant in Auckland named Prego, and having almost all of my clothes custom made for me by the gentlemen at Crane Brothers. It was a good time.Click to Continue!
The year that I was born, my Dad wrote an illustrated children’s book named Estralita about a statue of a beautiful girl in the Auckland Domain that came to life for one night every full moon. She’d run around the trees and dance and play, and one day a handsome young man found her and they fell in love, but she was gone by the morning. He’d come back every full moon to see her again, but then he’d be devastated when the sun came up and she’d leave him.Click to Continue!
I was just asked a question over on my Tumblr about how staff can be rude/intimidating at fashion retail stores, and seeing as it’s something that we all have to deal with on a regular basis, I thought I’d try to figure it out. When I was a lot younger and I’d just moved to Auckland, I used to browse the high end stores a lot: Zambesi, Fabric, Wunderkammer and Little Brother were my regulars. I very rarely (if ever) bought anything due to my extreme lack of funds, and more often than not, I’d get so nervous walking through the door that I’d break out in a cold sweat. With every glance or comment or half smile I could literally see the retail staff judging my clothes and mentally assessing the contents of my bank account.Click to Continue!