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The Business of Briefs

By Lucas Spezzacatena

Here at JACK LEE Australia, we love hearing about local labels who share our passion of helping the wider community. ZAYN Underwear is one of those labels doing so whilst making your 'package' look oh so good - all at the same time! We sit down with the man behind it all - Jarryd Haefele...

So, tell us a little bit about Zayn Underwear?

I've developed a brand of underwear called Zayn. It's all about looking and feeling comfortable whilst at the same time, giving back and knowing you’re doing a good thing!

The idea came about one day by purely wanting to be my own boss and also creating my own brand identity. I'd read articles and read some really fascinating stories on origins of other major labels. I knew it was something I wanted to do, and from that moment it was a dream I haven't let go of.

I began researching ideas to creating my own business, and knew I had to start off small. I found underwear to be fascinating with the different styles, colours and materials and thought, I'll give it a go. I sat down and sketched a few ideas in my bedroom, asked my friends what they liked wearing, and then I was off!

 And how did this great idea of donating to beyondblue come about?

The next step I wanted to achieve was to be able to give back to an organisation that was close to my heart. I didn't just want to make money, I wanted to give back. Having had family members diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I chose beyondblue. 

 


What's the design process in creating a pair of Zayn undies? (I don't think it's as easy as everyone may think!)

Having had NO experience in fashion design, I had a lot to learn. From different materials, to different cuts, measurements - practically EVERYTHING. I can cheekily say that Google was a big help! But I consider myself a fast learner, and one of my favourite things to do is teach myself something new.

I have a degree in graphic design, so I knew my way around Photoshop and Illustrator which came in handy when creating the mock designs to send away to be produced. To me this process was the best part! (Apart from receiving my first samples and holding the product in my hands).

 
What makes a 'good' pair of undies?

I find the best pair of undies need 

  1. Support
  2. To look good 
  3. Most importantly - comfort.

Zayn can be worn all day, fits snug around the important areas... and doesn't ride up like most brands. I think I've converted a few guys to wearing Zayn underwear!

         

I'm sure it can be incredibly satisfying and humbling to see the funds from this collaboration at work in the community. What kinds of initiatives do the funds raised go towards supporting?

The money that is raised for beyondblue is directed towards funding their programs, research and campaigns which in turn increases awareness of depression and anxiety, reduces the stigma that comes along with it, improves help-seeking and facilitates learning, collaboration, innovation and most importantly - research.

And let's finish up with a quick fast five!

1. Best underwear ad of all time?

The latest Calvin Klein commercial with Justin Bieber. It's not the best of all time, but it definitely had people talking about it, which was the intention, no doubt!

2. Favourite stiff drink?

I do like Vodka.

3. AFL Team?

North Melbourne!

4. Most inspiring person?

Walt Disney for sure, he has so many great quotes but my favourite is "If you can dream it, you can do it."

5. Sydney or Melbourne? 

Having lived in both, I have to say Melbourne. 



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Sports - Luxe or just Lazy - Luxe ?

By Lucas Spezzacatena

With the Australian open well into full swing (yes, we’ve noticed all that neon – Nadal we’re looking at you!), sporting icons once again take centre stage and so do their get – ups as they simultaneously become icons of sports – luxe style. With a wave of new, young designers offering their take on luxury sportswear, it’s a modern trend that definitely has no intention of disappearing anytime soon. But with the fashion world divided, is sports – luxe really that luxe or just another cheeky excuse for plain lazy dressing? Well, let us take you through it all and ensure you’re not subject to any half – time disqualifications…

 

Up on top

Remember the old school deliberately oversized rugby jumpers you once wore? Well the notion has trickled down into sports luxe with an emphasis on boxy, over – sized style sweaters and jumpers. Let minimalism reign supreme with simple motifs or slogans (flocking is all the rage) stamped onto the front of your sweatshirt, paired back with looser, slouchy pieces. Sports – luxe has also seen a revival of the classic bomber jacket – though ditch your 90’s polyester option and veer towards the new trend of washed satin with contrast coloured cuffs. Perhaps five years ago it was a mandate for hoodies never to be worn outside of the confines of your own house but their reinvention has seen a polished and stylish take on the much loved basic. Hues of rich blue and purple are the colours of choice, slightly more tailored through the body and paired back with fitted trousers and sneakers. When it comes to sports – luxe up on top, just please keep away from that oversized rugby jumper from back in the day – despite all temptations!

 L-R: Frankie Morello, Kenzo, Dsquared2.

L-R; Frankie Morello, Kenzo, Dsquared2.

Givenchy, MSGM. 

 

 Down below

It’s definitely not about your grey marle, hardly washed track pants which once had a functional elastic waistband that is no longer! Instead, look out for the emergence of a modern athletic trouser bearing traits of super-soft, loose fitting (but still cleverly tailored) and elasticised ankles. If you consider yourself a little more daring then take the plunge with a tailored drop crotch style paired back with buckled ankle boots or high top sneakers. When it comes to trousers, it’s all about the finer details, be it a tapered, elasticised ankle cuff, clean cut zippers or fancy pockets. Sports style shorts also see a revival on the runway with slightly more tailored, above the knees styles in thicker jersey cottons and super slick perforated fabrics. Keep them fashion – forward with classic low top sneakers, sans visible socks.

 

 

The Sneaker

Undeniably, the classic sneaker has become the shoe of choice amongst the fashion world, regardless of one’s view towards the sports – luxe fascination. It continually manages to epitomise that casual, understated comfy – cool which defines men’s fashion as of late (particularly Australian gents). Do keep in mind to separate your functional sneakers from your ‘fashion’ sneakers – this is a must lads. The scuffed, worn kicks you take to the gym aren’t the kind you’ll be wearing out on Friday night. The low top is a more conservative and classic option, paired back with both trousers and tailored sports shorts. Sleeker, slimmer styles in luxe European leathers are our recommendation, particularly the Achilles style offered by cult sneaker label Common Projects. High tops are the trend of the moment, particularly those with embellishment as seen by both Givenchy and Buscemi. Pair them back with your athletic style trousers, either tucked into the high top or casually cuffed and sitting on the top edge of the shoe. Whilst canvas sneakers are abundant and usually a slightly less pricey alternative, we stick to our recommendation of all - leather kicks, particularly for sneaker newcomers.

 

Whilst sports – luxe can easily be confused with and mistaken for lazy – luxe, when executed thoughtfully it has all the potential in the world to emulate a modern, nonchalant casual – cool. And knowing the way in which most Australian men approach fashion, we don’t think this trend will be disappearing anytime soon!

 

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On the Rise

By Jacki-Lee Munckton

The rev of the engine. The dead silence before a serve. That final minute mark. Read why these three Perth sports superstars have every sporting fanatic and the nation as a whole jumping up from their chairs.

 

Daniel Ricciardo

As an avid go – karter during his youth, it was a natural progression for the twenty – four year old to end up where he is now – as one of the nation’s youngest and most promising professional racing car drivers.

After displaying consistent performances and success throughout the Formula Renault, Formula Three and Formula Renault 3.5 series, Ricciardo was chosen as the replacement for legend Mark Webber at Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the beginning of the 2014 Formula One season.

As part of the season, to date, the Perth youngster has shone, winning both the Canadian and Hungarian Grand Prix, even beating team mate Sebastian Vettel, a four-time world champion. Although still relatively new to the pro realm, Ricciardo has already been hailed by many industry experts as the future of Australian pro – racing.

As his dad Joe jokes, “Yes, they’re trying to claim him in Italy, but his roots are here and he’s got the Aussie flag on his helmet.”

Ricciardo after winning the Belgian Grand Prix – August 2014

Ricciardo racing for Infiniti Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix – May 2014

 

Casey Dellacqua

When it comes to women’s tennis, Casey Dellacqua takes the cake as Perth’s rising star. Always being an active member of local tennis clubs and teams, at the tender age of sixteen she headed to Canberra to train with the Australian Institute of Sport.

Dellacqua’s breakthrough came on home soil in 2008 when she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. The performance secured her the prestigious title of Australia’s highest ranked female tennis player, surpassing Alicia Molik.

Plagued by a string of injury troubles and surgery throughout 2009 and 2010, she returned fighting, taking out the 2011 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship alongside American Scott Lipsky – her first ever win in a grand slam.

Following continual solid success and growth, Dellacqua now finds herself ranked at a career high of No. 29 - and the only way is up!

Casey Dellacqua & Scott Lipsky celebrate their French Open Mixed Doubles win

Dellacqua after defeating Karolina Pliskova during the 2014 US Open

 

Nic Naitanui

No doubt about it, Nic Nat (as he’s favourably come to be known by) is the most recognisable face in WA footy and perhaps the AFL itself.

After playing impressively for the Swan Districts in the WAFL and being fiercely pursued by several AFL clubs, Naitanui was eventually snapped up by the West Coast Eagles in the 2008 National Draft.

Standing at an impressive 201cm, the youngster quickly became one of the most exciting and promising new players of the game that constantly has the nation talking. So much so that he was honoured with a nomination for the NAB Rising Star Award in 2010, which was followed up with him earning his first All Australian Team nomination in late 2012.

Off the footy pitch, Naitanui recognises his community duty and takes pride in being one of the eleven Australia Post AFL multicultural ambassadors. “I know in my own childhood, as someone who was a little different to most other kids, footy was a great integration tool for me. Hopefully, with an even more diverse society now, I can help kids belong,” he says.

Naitanui soars above the rest – West Coast Eagles v Carlton Round 14, 2011

Nic Nat proud to be one of the AFL’s key multicultural ambassadors

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