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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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Bespoke Tees for Alzheimer's. Limited Edition.

By Jacki-Lee Munckton

From $20. 

(in keeping with our Christmas spirit)

 

As part of the 16 Days of Subi, be awed and inspired by JACK LEE Australia as they team up with a local artist to produce bespoke painted tees. 

We are proud to be donating all proceeds of the sales to the deserving McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

The following designs are still available with limited sizing. 

Email info@jackleeaustralia.com with your request. 

Background to the designs 

This series of designs have been influenced by the strange and bizarre, the revolutionary and outrageous, the factual and fradulent, the ancient and modern. Each of the four designs (the man who never was, enigma in the sky, voices on tape & telepathic terrier) is inspired by urban myths that are rich in odd occurrences. 

TELEPATHIC TERRIER 

Stories of puzzling animal behaviour that sustain to some degree the possibility of the existence of anpsi have been appearing for centuries. Such stories tell not only of remarkable homing behaviour but also of other equally extraordinary feats: pets that find their masters in places where they have never been before travelled; animals that predict impending danger, including natural disasters; dogs that seem to sense their own death or that of their masters hundreds of kilometers away.

VOICES ON TAPE

The theory of the voice phenomenon, as it is called, is that spirit entities address their living audience through the medium of a tape recorder. This form of communication is not undertaken in a direct manner, by imprinting an articulate, spoken message on a clean tape, but seems invariably to take the form of noise fragments that require hours of repeated listening and highly imaginative interpretations in order to be understood as words.

Previously available designs: 

THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS

In the early 1970's a group of 8, formed by the Toronto Society for Psychical Research in Canada, began a remarkable experiment. The group invented a non-existent figure from the past, then actively concentrated on making the invented ghost manifest. 

 

ENIGMA OF THE SKY

For all their vastness, the skies around the planet Earth are crammed with natural and identified flying objects- comets, meteors, stars, planes and hot air balloons- that beguile the most astute of observers. Especially when distorted by an ever-changing atmosphere, these bodies can trick the eye and mind into thinking they are UFO's.

 

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