Being Tom Farrelly

25 Jun
Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

The One to Watch

It was just over one year ago I was telling everyone about this new model in Sydney I thought was going to go places and he was one to watch (read more here). Tom Farrelly has turned out to be exactly that. I met Tom through him working in PR and saw him venture into modelling early last year. It’s been quite lovely seeing the development and different projects he has worked on. The beauty with Tom (aside from the obvious) is he is a pleasure to work with and a genuinely wonderful man. His Instagram followers will agree, with the amount of followers growing quite quickly. He loves a bit of humour and loves to interact with his followers. Picked up by Kult in Germany and recently moving across to Priscillas here in Australia, Tom is making people notice. I had a chat to Tom to find out more.

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

TMHS: “You have your own blog now, Being Tom Farrelly (www.beingtomfarrelly.com). Congratulations! I was hoping you would start one, so it’s great to see. What are the plans for this? How has it been received?”

TF: “Thanks! It’s exciting to have another platform to share what I do with everyone. Right now I’m sticking to lifestyle and fashion, but eventually I would like to expand into filming videos and actually doing some singing and doing some remakes of songs I like! People seem to enjoy what I have to say so far which is nice.”

TMHS: “You were picked up by Kult in Germany and spent some time over there. What is your connection with Germany and what were some of the projects you worked on there?”

TF: “Getting signed to Kult is one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me, they are the most amazing bunch of people and they really feel like a family now. I actually lived in Germany for 6 months after school on my gap year so it was great to get back there! I shot all over the place, in Berlin, Hamburg, Nürnberg, Munich, Oslo, Barcelona, Bordeaux. Just crazy!!! Bordeaux was shot a few days before I came back to Sydney and it was my second cover (for German magazine Free Men’s World) – we shot outside of the city near the Cap Ferret and after we had a massive seafood feast.”

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

TMHS: Alongside Kult in Germany, you are now with Priscilla’s in Australia and in some great company there too! How long have you been with them and have you worked on any projects through them?

TF: “I have just signed with them and have already worked on a bunch of great things! The men’s team are just fantastic and very professional! I am so excited to be part of the Priscillas family going forward.”

TMHS: “Your Instagram following seems to be growing quite quickly. I always love your Instagram not just for the photos but also you are quite interactive with your followers. How has Instagram helped you with your modelling? What do you love about Instagram?”

TF: “I actually love the direct interaction with followers! It’s nice making people laugh or just brightening their day a little. It can get a little bit serious – all pouting Kardashians and paid endorsements – but I try to keep it light hearted and fun by making fun of myself. Instagram can help with modelling, the photographer who shot the campaign I was originally sent to Germany for had found me on Instagram a month before and wanted to shoot with me, so when she saw my card with Kult she knew who I was and asked to book me!”

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

TMHS: “You were recently mentioned by British GQ. Tell me more about this.”

TF: “That was a crazy moment! I had no idea about it for two days then a friend of mine in LA who was also featured on the list (and is SO stylish) sent me a message asking if I had seen it. It was British GQ’s list for Top 50 Most Stylish Men on Instagram, so cool to be mentioned by GQ, let alone British one as I have lived in London and would love to go back – it’s a great city!”

Tom Farrelly was mentioned as one of the Top 50 guys to follow on Instagram by British GQ

Tom Farrelly was mentioned as one of the Top 50 guys to follow on Instagram by British GQ

Model to Watch: Tom Farrelly

Model to Watch: Tom Farrelly

I’m a big fan of Tom Farrelly and having seen the progress he has made in his short time modelling. As I’ve said before, he’s one to watch! Go and follow him on Instagram and his blog, or better still, book him. Make sure you tell him The Man Has Style sent you too!

Follow Tom on Instagram: @beingtomfarrelly

To book Tom contact Priscillas in Australia and Kult in Germany

Levon Baird – www.levonbaird.com

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Burberry Strait-Laced

20 Jun
Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016

The Experience of Burberry

When a fashion show is not just about showing the clothes but in an overall experience, encompassing sight, sound, smell and taste, the memory can stay with you for a lifetime. Burberry have the ability to create an experience that you won’t forget. From the hand-delivered invitations, so beautiful in design and quality, to the email from Christopher Bailey a few hours before the show, every detail was thought of before, during and after the show, in what I like to refer to as “The Experience of Burberry”.

Live performance by British musician Rhodes, accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra conducted by Joe Duddell at the Burberry 'Strait-Laced' menswear Spring Summer 2016 show

Live performance by British musician Rhodes, accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra conducted by Joe Duddell at the Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ menswear Spring Summer 2016 show

A live performance by British musician Rhodes, playing “Vienna”, “Breathe”, “Close Your Eyes” and “I Put A Spell On You”, accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra conducted by Joe Duddell, was exquisite, with arrangements created exclusively for the show. In previous seasons, I had covered the show from Australia and been moved to tears at the beauty from simply watching online. The live music would give me that extra something that resonated with my romantic mind. With this season my first Burberry show where I was able to be there in person, I was more than a little excited to be attending. When the performance is so powerful musically and you are combining it with an amazing setting alongside a beautiful collection, your experience is taken to a level you can’t even imagine.

Set in a custom-built venue in London’s Kensington Gardens, we were surrounded by wild English flowerbeds filled with seasonal buds such as foxgloves and hazel, making it feel like the most wonderful garden party. There was live music and a feeling of anticipation in the air for what we were all about to see. The sun was shining and the sky was blue. Everyone was dressed beautifully and everywhere you looked, you could see happiness and bright eyes. I wanted to live my life in this setting!

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Look #6: A slim fit caban in a super-lightweight wool-silk blend. Made in Italy, the fabric is specially treated with a water-repellent coating. An understated design with clean welt pockets and button-tab cuffs.

We were ushered into the space where we were to see the show, with bird sounds filling the air and the plush carpet under foot, further adding to the luxurious feel. The much admired front row guests were arriving with Samuel L. Jackson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Claflin, John Boyega, Josh Whitehouse (who I picked as one of my best dressed for the day), Hu Bing, David Gandy, Masahiro Motoki, Tinie Tempah, Mario Testino and Lewis Hamilton, amongst many others there.

The music began and we were treated to a beautiful performance and showing of the collection. The colour palette was stunning. Black, navy, charcoal, pale grey, brown, stone and white were prominent with accents of turquoise, red and mustard. The cloth was luxurious and exquisite, with the cotton lace a highlight across the collection. English wool/mohair tailoring cloth, wool/silk tailoring cloth, fine cotton tailoring cloth, Burberry gabardine, double-faced cashmere and knitted cashmere were shown in different looks.

A new tailored slim fit designed, called The Chelsea, was introduced in trench coats and suiting. Lace shirts, double-faced cashmere topcoats, cashmere knitted joggers, lightweight down jackets, and light wool/silk trench coats were filling my vision, and my mind was delighted. Combined with the beautiful colour palette, I at times felt overwhelmed by what I was seeing.

I’ve been working almost daily with eyewear over the past year and I thought the square tortoiseshell sunglasses were a wonderful preview of the eyewear collection for Spring Summer 2016. The ochre tortoiseshell flush acetate front and uniform thick temples looked magical with black lenses, with the traditional double pin hinges visible on the front and temples and a polished metallic Burberry logo on the temples. The strong look worked well with the more feminine feel of the lace. The balance was just right. Another wonderful detail featured were the bug tie pins. How I loved these!

The graphic print silk wool trench coat from the Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016 collection is one of my favourite pieces.

The graphic print silk wool trench coat from the Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016 collection is one of my favourite pieces.

One of my favourite pieces from the collection is the graphic print trench coat. I love this! What a wonderful trench coat. The artwork is hand-painted in the Burberry studio and silk-screen printed onto the crisp and lightweight silk-wool blend fabric. Crafted in Italy, the design is cut for a streamlined fit. The flow of the fabric was simply beautiful as the model walked and at the turn the trench coat almost went into slow motion, as if to emphasise the perfection of the design, as it flared out at the hem. Combined with the lace detail underneath, it is a standout. This overall look is a delight, I had goosebumps when I saw it.

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016 features ‘The Barrow’ in patent leather. A sartorial document bag in high-shine patent leather. Crafted in Italy, the clean-lined design features a hand painted stripe. Structured top handles and detachable webbed shoulder strap in contrast fabrications add to the appeal.

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘Strait-Laced’ Spring Summer 2016

Burberry 'Strait-Laced' Spring Summer 2016

Burberry ‘The Barrow’ in patent leather. A sartorial document bag in high-shine patent leather. Crafted in Italy, the clean-lined design features a hand painted stripe. Structured top handles and detachable webbed shoulder strap in contrast fabrications add to the appeal.

The show finishing was not the end of the experience. We were served summer cocktails and champagne from Thomas’s – Burberry’s new all-day café within its Regent Street flagship – whilst British musicians Keston Cobblers Club, played live on the lawn. It really was a delight! Everyone was talking of how wonderful the show was and the beautiful afternoon we were having.

If you are like me, you see something you like and want it as soon as you can. For those who cannot wait and want looks from the runway now, you can pre-order selected coats and accessories until 22 June and will receive them two months earlier than everyone else. The items can be personalised with a metal nameplate which makes each piece even more special. If you are looking for the sunglasses, they will be available from February 2016 globally. If only I could get my hands on one of those exquisite bug tie pins before then!

Keep an eye on The Man Has Style on Instagram as more photos are to follow from the afternoon. In the meantime, make sure you watch the full show (Burberry Spring Summer 2016 ‘Strait-Laced’).

‘The Experience of Burberry’ was spectacular. Thank you Burberry for inviting me to share this. It was a pleasure.

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Beckham by Belstaff

14 Jun
David Beckham wears the Stannard Jacket for the Beckham by Belstaff collection

David Beckham wears the Stannard Jacket for the Beckham by Belstaff collection

The Experience at Belstaff House

David Beckham’s passion for vintage, classic styling is further explored with his second capsule for the Beckham for Belstaff collection. I had the pleasure of viewing the range this week at Belstaff House in New Bond Street, the location an experience itself. Everything about Belstaff House is impeccable. Beautiful architecture and from the street it is so powerful and engaging. The interior makes you feel at home, a grand home it would be too with furnishing and fittings that are worthy of a story on their own, but home all the same. References to times past are everywhere and there are numerous motorcycles to admire. Those working in the store make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive and the service is outstanding. I was ready to move in!

Now I move to the capsule, which has been described as pervasive moto pieces joined by an aviation inspired thread. Overall, there are five looks that have been put together to represent the capsule. Each look is strong with a jacket the main feature. The quality of each piece is exceptional. Every detail has been carefully considered and along with the strong visual design elements, the function and practicality of each garment everything even more appealing.

Beckham by Belstaff Look 1: Ryde Jacket, Lowry Shirt, Harpton Denim

Beckham by Belstaff Look 1: Ryde Jacket, Lowry Shirt, Harpton Denim

The first look features the Ryde Jacket, a vintage inspired leather aviator jacket, in a rich oak brown. The buckle fastening at the hemline is quite a nice feature to a simple silhouette. When paired with the Lowry Shirt in the Chambray Blue, the colour combination is a delight. This denim shirt is an essential piece in the capsule for layering. This look is finished off with the Harpton Denim Jean.  A black raw stretch denim with articulated knees and a side zip pocket allows you to secure personal belongings with ease to reach.

Beckham by Belstaff Look 2: Moore Bomber, Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim, Eastley Bandana

Beckham by Belstaff Look 2: Moore Bomber, Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim, Eastley Bandana

Inspired by the aviator jackets of the 1950s, the Moore Bomber features in the second look. It is a boxy-fitting style, with a detachable faux-shearling collar and knitted cuffs. Combined with the Fornham t-shirt, Harpton Denim Jean and the Eastley bandana it is a fantastic look. Beckham loves classic riding accessories and chose an iconic paisley print for this cotton bandana, which is in Dark Navy.

Beckham by Belstaff Look 3: Stannard Jacket, Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim

Beckham by Belstaff Look 3: Stannard Jacket, Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim

Look three features the Stannard Jacket, making a welcome return with this capsule, offering colour options in black and racing green. While black is often favoured by most, the racing green is a fantastic colour, and one of my favourite pieces overall in the entire collection. The contrast between the soft cotton of the Fornham t-shirt and the strength of the Stannard Jacket is quite wonderful. I’m a big fan of a simple t-shirt. The hand feel of the cotton is beautiful, so very soft against the skin. Add in the trusty Harpton Denim Jean and you have look three covered.

Beckham by Belstaff Look 4: Marshfield Jacket, Buckler T-Shirt, Harpton Denim, Gipson Gloves, Eastley Bandana

Beckham by Belstaff Look 4: Marshfield Jacket, Buckler T-Shirt, Harpton Denim, Gipson Gloves, Eastley Bandana

The fourth look is led by the Marshfield Jacket, in an 8oz waxed cotton with a distressed effect. The colour is Antique Beige which shows up the effect quite well. This jacket was inspired by the legendary International Six Day Trial, an off-road racing even often referred to as the ‘Olympics of motorcycling’. Seven external pockets and a buckle belt at the waist make this jacket a real standout. Under the jacket there is the Buckler T-Shirt in Heritage Jersey in a Mid Grey Marle (Melange). Worn with the Harpton Denim, Eastley Banada and the Gipson Gloves. These leather gloves are beautiful and in a burnt brown. I love these gloves! Suede panels can be found on the palms and a simple tie fastener on the wrist.

Beckham by Belstaff Gipson Leather Gloves

Beckham by Belstaff Gipson Leather Gloves

Beckham by Belstaff Look 5: Stockfield Blouson, Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim, Gipson Gloves

Beckham by Belstaff Look 5: Stockfield Blouson, Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim, Gipson Gloves

The final look sees the new Stockfield Blouson, a black raw stretch denim jacket with black leather sleeves, worn with the Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim and Gipson Gloves.

I loved the second capsule of Beckham by Belstaff and recommend you take a look on the website if you are not close by a store to visit. If you are in London pay a visit to Belstaff House, I highly recommend it. To go to the official Belstaff website, click on image below.

Belstaff UK

Shop Beckham by Belstaff

* Keep an eye out for my story coming up where I talk about the Belstaff Spring Summer 2016 which I will be attending the launch of tomorrow. 

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Havana Men by Monica Vinader

12 Jun
Monica Vinader store Duke of York Square Chelsea

Monica Vinader flagship store in Duke of York Square Chelsea

Wandering into Duke of York Square in Chelsea, I was instantly captivated by the Monica Vinader flagship store. Set in a large glass outer wall building, it sits in the middle of the square. The store excites your senses from the moment you walk through the door, with the scent of candles that have been burning earlier flowing throughout and takes you to a world of calm.

The design of the interior is brilliant. Polished concretes floors and internal walls contrast well with the brass and wood details. You can see craftmanship and different quality materials are a big focus. Highly influenced by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, the brass elements and shapes in the store are quite fascinating. Handmade bespoke chandeliers and windows displays that are made from brushed steel add to the appeal and combined with the rich colours such as in the seating, it is simply wonderful.

monica vinader store duke of york square chelsea london textures

The textures and different finishes at the Monica Vinader flagship store in Chelsea are quite spectacular

Polished concrete stairs and walls combined with brass finishings at the flagship store of Monica Vinader in Chelsea

Polished concrete stairs and walls combined with brass finishings at the flagship store of Monica Vinader in Duke of York Square in Chelsea, London

Bespoke chandeliers at Monica Vinader Chelsea

Bespoke chandeliers at Monica Vinader Chelsea

To date, Monica Vinader has been a hugely popular brand amongst women, including the likes of Emma Watson, Olivia Palermo and the Duchess of Cambridge. While MV has mostly been about women, with some unisex pieces, the brand has now introduced men’s product to the mix. With a full collection for men’s due out later in the year, this is a wonderful introduction to the quality and design aesthetics of the Monica Vinader man. They were awarded Brand of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards at their debut in 2008 and have continued to impress. Stocked in their own stores across London (Chelsea, Mayfair and Canary Wharf) you will also find them in Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty, as well as online.

The first piece, coinciding with the lead up to Father’s Day here in England, is the Havana friendship bracelet. Designed by Monica Vinader and the design team at their Norfolk design studio, what is instantly noticeable is the quality. The band is sturdy and strong, yet quite refined. A Sterling silver rectangle bar, which is lightly hammered to give a wavy, reflective finish, is a great size (45mm x 7.5mm). I find men’s bracelets often have the tendency to be quite chunky and heavy with bars such as this, so it is lovely to see one that is perfectly balanced with the plaited cord band. The cord itself is easily adjustable with a Sterling Silver toggle that makes for easy alteration, and features a beautiful, finely engraved MV logo, and the cord is finished off with small Sterling silver ends. The cord, which comes in three colours (black, denim blue and forest green) isn’t too long, so you can adjust for a snug fit and a look that is without fuss. The option to personalise your bracelet to make it individual is with engraved monograms, initials (quite popular with men), names and even messages.

Aside from the design, I was impressed with their commitment to ethical sourcing across their entire supply chain. Human and labour rights, environmental impact and mining practices are looked at carefully and monitored through their certified membership with the Responsible Jewellery Council. They were also awarded the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury for their commitment to sustainability which further demonstrates their commitment.

I’m really excited Monica Vinader has introduced men’s and is expanding on this. If you are in London, I do recommend to take the time to look at the Havana bracelet. You can also look online by clicking on any of the product images below that will show you each piece in more detail, and to the Monica Vinader website. I’m looking forward to seeing them styled up in menswear editorial. Be sure to tag #themanhasstyle on social media if you are doing this, I want to see!

Monica Vinader Havana Men's Friendship Bracelet - Black

Monica Vinader Havana Men’s Bracelet – Black

Monica Vinader Havana Men's Friendship Bracelet - Denim Blue

Monica Vinader Havana Men’s Bracelet – Denim Blue

Monica Vinader Havana Men's Friendship Bracelet - Forest Green

Monica Vinader Havana Men’s Bracelet – Forest Green

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Monica Vinader

Havana Men’s Bracelet

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