November 29, 2012

A to Zambesi

Quite how a country as small and remote as New Zealand produces such innovative design is a wonder. Perhaps that's just it - the disconnection from the rest of the world spurring new creation. In any case, we at Manuscript are taken aback by the slickness of Zambesi's autumn/winter menswear collection: a study, it seems, in tailoring traditions, demonstrated progressively with a collection that on the end seems schoolboy-like, and the other, 19th century formal. Menswear designer Dayne Johnston knows his way around a suit, and in this largely black and white collection - one of the label's finest to date - he interrogates it endlessly. 

November 28, 2012

Introducing: Bally Eyewear

Bally's co-creative directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler have nothing short of revolutionised the historic Swiss leathergoods house since their arrival in 2010. In addition to the rather brilliant involvement with Art Basel, of which Bally is a sponsor and is a platform for its annual collaborative art project, comes the brand's first eyewear collection. Designed for both men and women, the optical and sunglasses range has all the hallmarks of a Bally shoe - the craftsmanship (titanium and leather frames) and the signature red-and-white Trainspotting stripe, for example - but, with both thin rectangular frames and more classic aviator styles, feels entirely modern. In Bally stores from December, see below our top picks from the range

November 27, 2012

Learn: Perfume Masterclass

A callout to all scent-inclined Melburnians: luxury men's department store Harrolds is hosting a fragrance consultation with its in-house consultants in a one-off event next week. As a spokesperson says of the event: guests will "walk away with a brief history of fragrance and how to recognise and distinguish between varying scents of the world's finest perfume houses." Harrolds is, if you are unaware, a stockist of Acqua di Parma, Creed and Tom Ford.

2-5pm, Wednesday 05 December | 101 Collins Street, Melbourne | RSVP here

November 26, 2012

Mood Indigo

Arriving in stores and online just before Christmas, Hermes' limited edition Indigo series of scarves is a combination of craftsmanship techniques from two sides of the world. In a bid to create a denim scarf "for every day, everywhere, just like we wear a pair of jeans," the silk scarves, woven and printed in the Lyon area of France, are naturally hand-dyed with indigo, a tradition kept alive by craftsmen in Bangladesh. Available in three sizes and packaged in Hermes' signature orange box, we predict this collection to be a popular for Christmas. 

Issue V

There's some radical theories surrounding 12.12.12, but we're throwing caution to the wind and releasing issue 05, celebrating one year in publication. Mark your calendar, dear readers. 

November 21, 2012

Tag It

In a sea of reproduction, customisation has come to define the notion of luxury. New Zealand leathergoods label Deadly Ponies has, just in time for the travel season, introduced a custom luggage tag service. Printing up to three initials on antique wax-finished deer skin with brass hardware, the tag can be attached to a suitcase, bag or briefcase. 

November 20, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Adidas

Earlier this morning, Adidas presented the autumn/winter 2013 collections of its various lines in a first-of-its-kind show at the former Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills. Styled by Manuscript's own creative director Jolyon Mason, All In brought together Adidas' sports performance (including Stella McCartney, tennis, running, training and football) and style lines (Originals, Originals Blue, Originals by Jeremy Scott and Originals by Kazuki), and featured some of the favourite models from our pages, including EMG's Jack Vanderhart, Max Panichetti and Elijah. In an exclusive preview of the season ahead from the sport's brand, we sent photographer George Sandman Popov backstage to capture the magic in action. 

Everything Looks Better Illustrated

This morning's post comes with no backstory other than, as the title not so subtly opines, fashion looks beautiful when illustrated. Case in point: the autumn/winter collection of Hermes, a belted trench coat, leather satchel and cashmere sweater seen here in beautiful pencil strokes. 

November 19, 2012

Collaboration: Oliver Peoples & Parabellum

Collaborations may define the 21st century fashion industry, but who's to say that's a bad thing, particularly when they're good. Leading eyewear company Oliver Peoples has teamed up with similarly respected luxury leather brand Parabellum in this unique project, offering a combination of products from both. Oliver Peoples' signature Linford frames are offered here in two limited edition colours, matte black and rose gold, and are presented in a bison leather sunglass case in black or orange. The partnership, according to a spokesperson, is a natural fit, given both brands share a commitment to high quality craftsmanship. We're sold.

November 14, 2012

When Sandy Came to Town

Temps des Reves, the side project of Australian expat photographer Adrian Mesko, has rapidly grown in the past year, with stockists now including Liberty London and, next season, Colette, Net-a-porter and Barneys. His latest limited edition collection, When Sandy Came to Town, comprises two silk scarves available online and from select stockists, with 100% of the proceeds donated to charities dedicated to helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. As Mr Mesko explains: "Part of the philosophy behind Temps Des Reves has always been to bring a new life and function to moments captured in the past through photography. The photographs chosen for this collection are iconic images that will not only serve as a means of telling the Sandy story, but also remind us of how fragile our planet and infrastructure really is." 

November 13, 2012


Bugaboo and Balenciaga, Pumpkin Patch and Pierre Hardy: kids are summer's must-have item.

Messrs Stenmark (above and below) wear Orlebar Brown polo shirts. 
Miss Leyla & Miss Telli wear their own onuses.
Top: Mr Vanderhart wears Herringbone shirt & suit, Brando shoes. 
Master Winnie wears Babies R Us onesie. 

Mr Richardson wears Reebok t-shirt, From Britten suit & coat, Baby Bjorn carrier.
Master Charlie wears American Apparel onesie, Emu shoes. 

Mr Young-Whitford wears Body Science unitard, Reebok shoes, Colab glasses. 
Master Boris wears Adidas shoes, Bugaboo pram, Baby Bjorn carrier. 

Mr Panichetti wears Bassike jeans & tank, Josh Goot bomber jacket, Helen Kaminsky hat, Bernhard Willhelm for Camper shoes, Lucy Folk friendship bands. 
Miss Ondine wears her own beanie and is wrapped in a Hermes scarf. 

Mr Williams wears Polo by Ralph Lauren jacket, Anna & Boy shorts. 
Miss Ramona wears her own cardigan and necklace. 

Mr Richardson wears Orlebar Brown swimmers & towel, Havaianas flip flops.
Master Charlie wears his own costume. 

Mr Jensen wears Calibre t-shirt & suit, Ice watch. 
Miss Rosie wears her own onesie. 

Mr Jensen wears Michael Bastian for Gant polo shirt, Topman blazer, Orlebar Brown pants, available at Harrolds, Nike sneakers, Lego backpack, available at Toys R Us. 
Miss Audrey (left) wears her own dress and jacket, Baby Gap shoes, and 2-in-1 harness buddy. 
Miss Rose wears her own onesie and is carried in a Hermes scarf. 

Mr Richardson wears Whyred shirt, Brent Wilson vest, LAB suit, Michael Bastian for Gant neckscarf. Miss Violet wears American Apparel swimsuit. 

Mr Vanderhart wears Burberry shirt, suit, coat, tie & shoes. 
Master Winnie wears Burberry shirt & shorts. Viktor & Rolf for Bugaboo stroller.

Mr Williams wears Cheap Monday jeans. 
Miss Ramona is wrapped in a Libertine-Libertine blanket. 

Mr Zac Stenmark (left) wears Bassike t-shirt, Levis denim shirts, Loft denim shirt.
Mr Jordan Stenmark (right) wears Calvin Klein Jeans denim shirt, Ralph Lauren denim jacket, Levis jeans. Both wear Ray-Ban eyewear. 

Mr Panichetti wears Jac+Jack shirts, American Vintage cardigan, Polo by Ralph Lauren cargo pants, Brando shoes, Lucy Folk friendship bands. 
Miss Ondine wears her own onesie and is wrapped in a Hermes scarf. 

Mr Young-Whitford wears Puma jacket, leggings & shorts. 
Master Boris wears Adidas t-shirt & shoes. 

Miss Audrey wears American Apparel t-shirt. 

Mr Williams wears Bassike leather shorts. 

Miss Ramona and Master Teddy wear their own necklaces. 

David Williams/London MGT Group | Peter Edward Richardson/The Agency | Max Panichetti, Jack Vanderhart & Jimmy Whitford-Young/EMG Models | Jordan & Zac Stenmark/Viviens Models | Tristan Jensen/Chadwick Models | Photographic Assistance Mitch Fong & Josh McGee | Digital Operation Cara O'Dowd | Post Production Mitch Fong & Alex Reznick | Production Assistance Techa Noble