Everyone needs a festival

Thank you to the City of Melbourne for the feature in their May edition of City News.

MAY 2016

For a long time now women have dominated the world of clothes, beauty and personal grooming.

Not content to let women grab all the attention, a group of small business owners from Melbourne’s City Precinct put their heads together and came up with a novel way to cater to the shopping needs of men – The Festival of Steve.

The City Precinct is one of eight trader associations funded by the City of Melbourne, whose 140 plus members are all boutique, or niche businesses, often located above awnings or down laneways, rather than on the main streets.

City Precinct Vice President and bespoke tailor, Carl Nave, said their group was looking for a way to promote the variety and quality of men’s fashion, grooming and entertainment found in their precinct, when they realised few events catered specifically to men.

The Festival of Steve, now in its fourth year, is an example of what can be achieved when precinct members work together towards a common goal.

‘It’s all about men’s style and grooming’, said Carl. ‘Men don’t shop in the same way as women, so we’ve created a non-threatening social environment. There are pool tournaments and poker tournaments and all sorts of things. It’s all about supporting local businesses and the people who like spending at local businesses’.

This year’s Festival of Steve will be held at Taxi Riverside, Federation Square, on 28 May, 11am to 6pm.



Man of Style - Sam Wines

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting of very dapper Sam Wines, we got to talking about what we do, and decided that it would be fun to work together.  The following post is the beautiful outcome (in my opinion) of our collaboration.

Carl Navè × Man of Style

MARCH 23, 2016

After two months in the making, I am excited to be able to finally share the imagery from my collaboration with bespoke tailor - Carl Navè. After meeting Carl at an event for Spring Racing last year, we both agreed that collaborating was a must. Within a few weeks, Carl invited me to his studio where we caught up over an espresso and began to plan my individually tailored suit. After flicking through countless fabric samples, we settled upon a grey glenplaid cloth with a fine blue detailing from Lanificio Cerruti dal 1881. I opted for a single breasted jacket with peaked lapels, a ticket pocket and functioning buttons on the cuff. I opted for a fully lined suit with paisley detailing and my initials woven into the inner left breast. Naturally, with the suit pants I went for a cuff with a single break to show a bit of ankle or sock depending on the time of year. Finally, the shirting. I went for a classic oxford with a cutaway collar in blue, as well as a collar pin oxford in white and both finished off with french cuffs - just the way I like it. 

After 4 weeks I came back in for a round of fittings, and Carl and I began to plan our shoot. In addition to our collaboration, we then decided to team up with a range of boutique businesses from Melbourne's own  City Precinct. These small, independent retailers that are featured below are scattered throughout the heart of Melbourne. Some are found down alleyways, others hidden in basements. All of which have a unique story to tell. So, if you have seen anything you like, it's definitely worth checking out the City Precinct website for more information on some of these local brands and any of their upcoming events! 

Carl Navè - Look 1

Carl Navé - Look 2 

Carl Navè -  Look 3 

All imagery from the three looks above is shot by Grace Petrou with her Cannon 5D MkIII whilst all imagery from Carl's studio is shot by Jake O'Donnell and his Nikon D7200. 

I hope you enjoyed this collaboration just as much as I did! 

- Sam 


Talk to your tailor about what styles and cuts work best with your proportions and how you can incorporate elements of a trend in to your wedding day look without going all Derek Zoolander.


Fitted shoulders and a cropped length contemporises a classic style from the 1950’s.  Today’s double-breasted suit forgoes the wide boxy shoulders and loose body shape for something far more flattering and minimal.  Trousers are seen with single pleats but the leg is still narrow, which works well on tall, lean body shapes. This look is quite a directional for 2016 so only the brave should dare to wear.


Smart and dapper yet uncomplicated and comfortable, the day suit is a combination of mismatched garments that come together to show some real sprezzatura, the Italian word for a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.

Here we see a number of cuts executed beautifully:  Single breasted jackets in a one button, two buttons and a three-button in both peak and notch lapels ooze cool whilst the double breasted jacket with wide peak lapels and six buttons look elegant paired with knitwear, contrast tapered trousers and sand shoes or brogues.  Not necessarily the most traditional bridal ensemble, however these silhouettes work on most body shapes and can be incorporated with almost any cloth to achieve a similar look.


The Dandy has been around for some time now; it’s all about excess, accessories and flare.  Lapels are sharp or exaggerated, bodies are slim and the details are big.  As we move into autumn, layering up becomes more of necessity and texture become more and more prevalent.

Accessories like hats, gloves, lapel pins and scarves are a great way to embellish your wedding suit to make it really memorable.  We’ve moved beyond the tie and pocket square now boys, it’s time to raise the bar and really own your style.


Whether you’re wearing a business, lounge suit, sports jacket or tuxedo, there’s always room for the waistcoat.  Probably this year’s biggest trend in men’s suiting, the waistcoat, or vest, or gilet (whatever you choose to call it) has purpose.

A three-piece suit always provides options, and flexibility, but it’s the contrast waistcoat that is having the most impact, particularly in varying colours, textures and patterns and in some cases even cut all together.  Pairing a double-breasted waistcoat under a single-breasted jacket is the way to wear it, and if you’re really game, opt for a lapel on the waistcoat for a real point of difference.

Sally and Lewis - Yarra Valley

Sally and Lewis were married on a picturesque day in January at Stones of The Yarra Valley.

Lewis and his groomsmen wore pure wool super 130s French navy suits.

As you can see by the photos the day reflected the couples elegance and lighthearted air. Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom.

Melbourne Cup 2015

This year’s Melbourne Cup was one of the most exciting to be involved in.

I was invited to attend Pre Melbourne Cup Breakfast at Mon Bijou, Adelphi Hotel thanks to @hellreizer.

For this event I was given the honor of dressing Corey “Homicide: Williams @phaymusnobii.

Corey was a pleasure to work with; making him look dapper was an easy task.

Megan Gale and Corey had something in common…. Green for the money and gold for the honey.

The morning was full of excitement – I was even able to hold the 2014 winners cup.

Spring Racing Caulfield Guineas Cup

2015 was always shaping up to be a big year for Spring Racing in many ways.  My biggest Spring Racing Carnival yet, it has been so much fun working with my amazing clients on so many beautiful and special suits, I couldn’t be prouder of what has already been completed and what awaits for the biggest week of it all.

Just to add to the enormity of the month, I was asked by the Melbourne Racing Club to attend the Caulfield Guineas Cup and  be one of the judges for the men’s fashion of field presented by Chadstone Fashion Stakes.  It was such an honour and so much fun to sit alongside some of Melbourne’s most stylish and well known bloggers and models to help award the best dressed on the day.

It was great to see that so many men had gone to so much effort and styled their outfits in such an impeccable way.  Well done gents!  And Thank you to the fine folks at the Melbourne Racing Club for putting on such a great show and taking such good care of me.

Spring Summer Part Three

Continuing my love affair with shades of green, is this beautiful olive green wool/linen blend jacket.  The detail in this cloth is stunning and the double window pane check in baby blue and cream makes it work with so many shirt and tie combinations.  The jacket is finished with a ticket pocket detail and a wide notch lapel for some old world flair.

Paired back with this ensemble is the summer chino in an ocean blue.  My favourite trouser this season as it is light and comfortable to wear yet still hold the shape and structure of a tailored trouser.  Finished without belt loops and side tabs that draw in the waist, this higher waisted pant adds height to the body and looks very classy.  Make sure there is little to no break on your shoes when wearing a summer chino, its the way they are worn in Napoli.

Summer Part Two

Shot on the streets Melbourne, this look doubles beautifully for Spring Racing Carnival and the Polo, or any other occasion for that matter.  The jacket is a super fine wool brown check and is half lined for a softer more Neapolitan look.  Patch pockets soften the look of this double breasted jacket and the omission of shoulder pads make the jacket a little less structured, I like to call it relaxed elegance.

On the bottom, we have the summer chinos in tan.  A mid weight cotton stretch from Italy, a summer chino is the perfect addition to your sartorial wardrobe. Designed to be worn a little shorter than a suit trouser and with a cuff, this is the perfect pant option for loafers and slip on shoes.

Spring Summer Green with Envy

I had the pleasure of hanging out at Melbourne’s premier rooftop bar Siglo a few days ago.  Famous for some the best wines and cocktails available in our fair city, Siglo’s rooftop is a little hard to find, but that is what adds to the appeal of this cool space.  Decked out out in french style café tables and chairs this rooftop, overlooking Parliament House, has such an old world charm that it reminds me of Paris in so many ways.  If you haven’t been, you must go there over the summer.

In this shoot I’m wearing my favourite colour of the season.  I am in love with most shades of Green this year, everything from olive, to sage and emerald.  This bold number is not for the faint hearted, but it can easily be toned back with contrast trousers for a more relaxed look.  Finished with a wider notch lapel, patch pockets and and two and half button, or a tre su due, as the Italians call it, this jacket is designed to fit like a two button but cleverly disguises and third button at the lapel roll.  Notice the hand made button holes, they are distinctive in shape with a highlight colour that compliments the green beautifully. 

The trousers are slightly higher in the rise, with a 5cm waistband.  Designed to sit higher and elongate the body, the waistband foregoes belt loops in preference of side tabs which help adjust the size a little when needed. I really like this detail as it means you don’t have to worry about the finding that belt to match your shoes.

Thank you to the fine folks at #siglo@springstevents for taking such good care of us @gracepetrou

Festival of Steve Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

As part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2015, the Festival of Steve teamed up with the Mister event and took over the Fashion Hub in Melbourne’s City Square for one day full of blokey fashion, crafty booze and cool accessories.  

I had the pleasure of showcasing my products along side some of my fellow City Precinct members.  The guys from Lord Coconut, Fortis Green, La Vita Buona, Fokus Melbourne and Men’s Biz were all in attendance providing the crowd with the latest trends in men’s fashion, styling and grooming.  Another successful collaboration between Festival of Steve, the City of Melbourne and MSFW.  Here’s looking forward to 2016!

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Walking Tour

Dapper Guide to Vertical Melbourne:

"The tour celebrates a return to authenticity," says Nave. "It's about rejecting a generic experience, and building relationships with your jeweller, tailor, shoemaker. The dapper gent is involved in the process of putting it all together … and that's what all the businesses on this tour provide."


Getting ready for the first The Dapper Guide to Vertical Melbourne with some amazing local designers for @_msfw_thank you to @omnom_dessertbar at @adelphi_hotel for supplying me with these delicious treats.

And thank you to @lavitabuonafor supplying me with these delicious dessert wines and stickys.