Sunday, January 25, 2015

1888 Hotel - World's first Instagram hotel

1888 hotel, boutique hotel Sydney, warehouse coverted hotel, hipster bicycles, Australia menswear blog

1888 hotel, boutique hotel Sydney, warehouse coverted hotel, Australia menswear blog, Wooyoungmi T-shirt, mens orange pants, Asian male blogger

Travellers are really spoiled for choices these days when it comes to accommodation. From budget hotels to luxury resorts, from community-driven website Airbnb to travel specialist like The Luxe Nomad, the options are boundless. Let’s also not forget about boutique hotels which as an industry have burgeoned over the last few years and they look set to stay.

One such hotel situated in the heart of Sydney and opened in 2013 is the 1888 Hotel. You would be forgiven if you thought that this hotel has been servicing guests for a while since it is set in a converted wool store built in 1888. The interior has been given a US$25-million makeover that highlights a vibrant and relevant update while exposed brick walls and beams have been left untouched, showcasing a touch of period soul. Vintage furniture and recycled pieces decorate the place and the clash of retro colours and texture charm guests with a quirky but inviting atmosphere.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MJ Bale AW15 - Adventures of a Well-Dressed Gentleman

MJ Bale AW15 campaign, Sydney menswear, mens suit

MJ Bale AW15 campaign, Sydney menswear, Australia mens blog, Asian male blogger, mens suit, mens layering

The AW15 collection from MJ Bale, conceived as “Adventures of a Well-Dressed Gentleman”, continues to accentuate its roots in creating functional tailored garments for the man on the move. This season sees the brand interpreting denim, classic checks, neutral-tones into relevant pieces for the modern man and focuses on sophisticated tailoring, subtle detailing and luxurious fabrication.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Croc and floral

Kris Van Assche crocodile shirt, Acne yellow mustard mens trousers, Alexander Mcqueen mens floral scarf, Dries Van Noten mens shoes, Marc Jacobs backpack, Australia mens blog

Because, crocodile.

Most guys would assume that scarves are only worn to protect the neck from the cold during winter and that will be the end of the conversation. Many forget that there are lightweight scarves that are worn to shield the sun or wind or to double up as an accessory and give pizzazz to the outfit. Paul Smith, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna have been championing the scarf-as-accessory look, sending models down the runway over the last few seasons.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bangkok - Where old and new collide

Bangkok observatory, Lebua Sky Bar, Bangkok rooftop bar, Asian male blogger

Bangkok is a one of those few cities where rapid modernisation and yesteryear village living sit side by side distinctly. You could be staying at one of the most luxurious hotels or apartments and there would be lines of old style shophouses and street food stalls when you walk out of the lobby. That contrast is what makes this city of 8 million one of my favourites.

The Thai capital has become an international hub for finance and business which explains the constant emerging of skyscrapers. It is renown for cheap food, bargain shopping and vibrant night life which makes it an attractive destination for tourists. For those who want to experience the cultural side, there are heaps of temples, palaces and the river markets which would make great opportunity for your selfie sticks).

Friday, January 9, 2015

Rain, rain go away

Surface To Air mens shirt, Rains yellow jacket, Damir Doma boots, Zara tan carryall, 3.1 Phillip Lim glasses, mensfashion, Australia mens blog, male asian blogger

Because, fashun in rain.

When it comes to long jackets and coats, we are accustomed to the greys, navys and blacks on guys. There are the occasional checks, greens and reds but rarely the bright colours that guys would avoid for fear of being taken less seriously or attracting too much attention.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Into the blue

mens Australia blog, Jonathan Saunders knit sweater jumper, Anthony Peto duck hunting cap, Calvin Klein blue trousers

Because, into the blue. 

Monotone is the style of wearing a singular colour or similar shades in an ensemble (and not the trend of pairing black, white or grey which is monochrome, something that some still get confused with). The idea sounds simple effortless but many are challenged by the prospect of finding pieces that are similar in colour and putting them into a single outfit.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Marina Bay Sands - An opulent affair

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore skyline, Singapore hotel, resort

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore skyline, Singapore night view, infinity pool

Marina Bay Sands, Sands suite, Singapore hotel, resort, Folk check shirt, Modern Amusement chinos, Australian mens blog

When it comes to hotels and resorts in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands without a doubt is the first few that springs to mind. Known for its iconic landscape and architecture, this resort opened in 2010 in Marina Bay and has created expansive views of the city and brought pedestrian circulation to the southern tip of the island.      

Developed by Las Vegas Sands, the hotel offers 2,561 luxury rooms and suites and is finished with the Sands SkyPark sitting atop its three towers. The SkyPark provides guests with a 360-degree view of Singapore's skyline and this is where you will find the famous 150-metre infinity pool as well as restaurants, gardens and an observation deck. The interior of this resort is as much thought out as the grandeur of its exterior - installations from commissioned artists tie in seamlessly with the resort.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Folk archive check

Folk archive check shirt, mens pink trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim glasses, tan plaited belt, B Store mens shoes, mens Australia blog

Because, not your usual kind of checks. 

The check shirt has become a staple like the white shirt for many guys. From micro checks to tartans, gingham to vibrant plaids, check shirts are a great addition to the wardrobe as they offer an air of ruggedness and casual aesthetic while maintaining a sense of formality.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Green rain jacket

Kris Van Assshce glasses, B-Store mens shoes, green rain jacket parka, Australia mens blog, Comme Des Garcons shirt

Because, jacket and shorts like it's hot and cold. 

Do you sometimes flip through magazines and question what is going on when male models are wearing jackets with shorts? It does not make sense on a functional level and you ask like everyone else if he is hot or cold. Let's clarify it once and for all that pairing jackets with shorts is more than just an aesthetic as there are light weight jackets that keep one away from wind and chill during spring or autumn.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Beach to bar and back

Opening Ceremony mens shirt, Dries Van Noten trousers SS12, Raf Simons sunglasses, Prada sunglasses, menswear flat lay, Australia mens blog, Bilgola beach

Because, from beach to bar to beach. 

Resort wear has become a common style with labels like Orlebar Brown and Parke & Ronen designing each collection as year round clothing rather than just for the holiday season. While a sense of relaxation is still fundamental to achieving a resort or beach look, the focus on affluence and style is also paramount.