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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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Must - Have Hair

By Lucas Spezzacatena

 

One Parisian fashion designer, a Mr. Hubert de Givenchy once noted that hair is the ‘final tip off’ when it comes to whether or not a man really knows who they are. And we tend to agree!

With top knots, hipster beards and messy buns all the rage last year thanks to the resurgence of old school barber shops, it’s now time to look towards the fuelling mane trends for 2015 before you choose how to tame your up - top…

 

The ‘It’ Styles

1. The Weightier Fringe

With the settling down of both hipster trends and ultra-classic cuts, we’re excited to see men’s hair finally snatching its edge back with this new fringe - focused style. To get the look, keep both your back and sides super short and sharp, particularly the crown area. When it comes to your front, the key is to keep the hair longer and slightly heavier, with the fringe maintained on a fairly regular basis. This is a great style to play around with, especially as the fringe becomes longer, allowing you to style it differently according to occasion or mood! To perfect the weighted fringe style, we’d opt for a styling product that won’t give your hair too much of a sheen nor an overly styled look – seek out fibre pastes or waxes for a firm hold.

                                                       Burberry Prorsum SS2014 Runway 

 

2. Side Part Pompadour

Consistently sneaking into runways and red carpets for years, we can now safely say that the classic pompadour is here to stay, although with a (thankfully!) modern rejuvenation. Pompadours pride themselves on being able to work with various lengths of hair – giving you the choice to keep it either super long or short on top. What we’re loving at the moment is a super short side, perhaps even a fade for those who are a little more daring, with a luscious, thicker pompadour on top. The trick to perfect this style is to keep your pompadour looking effortless and natural – so any over – styling is adverse. More classic cuts would have the back kept at a regular length, though an undercut all the way around is a more modern, yet still completely gentlemanly alternative! Have a watch of the video below to see how easy it can be to perfect one of our favourite trends;

 

3. Caesar Haircut

Constantly on the run? Hair not as luscious as you’d like? Thankfully, one of the key trends for the coming year will suit you just fine. The Caesar Haircut is the buzz cut style for the year ahead, priding itself as being one of the most easy to maintain and masculine styles. Favourited by many a Hollywood gent, the shorter length on top is incredibly easy to spike up or mess around with, requiring only a dab of wax or styling gel, often staying in place practically all day long – though a ‘hands off daddy’s hair’ may be required every now and again for all the fathers out there!

 

 

The ‘It’ Products

So you've favourited a style but are at a bit of a loss as to which styling products to opt for? Well we've always got you covered here at JACK LEE Australia, so here are a couple of our go-to options;

                                                                   

  Kevin Murphy – Provides a firm hold and gives you 
  plenty of time to style before it sets.

American Crew – Perfect for sensitive skin and scalp,
lets you manipulate hair into any style.
                                                                                                                     

Happy Mane - Taming!

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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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Spring has sprung..

By Jacki-Lee Munckton

… are you ready for the change in season? Here are our top 5 tips for trends this spring.

 Number one. White Out

As the weather begins to warm up, classic white gets taken for a serious spin as it elevates to the colour of the season.

Popping up repeatedly across major collections in the form of shirts, pants, shoes, suits and blazers, designers were keen to showcase its sheer versatility.

If a runway-esque ‘all white’ ensemble isn’t quite your thing, it’s simple to ease into the trend. A looser-fitting white linen shirt (we’re loving the soft linens by Jac + Jack) paired with tailored shorts will become a favourite summer daytime get – up. We’re also eagerly hopping on the white jean bandwagon this season – just be sure to keep them slim – fit, a solid white and you’ll be set to pair them back with every colour and item in your wardrobe.

 

R - Jil Sander. L- David Gandy for Lucky Brand 2014 catalogue

 

Number two. Sandals

Breathable, durable and ever so stylish – it’s easy to see how the leather sandal will be every gents’ footwear go - to this coming summer. A low – cut gladiator sandal paired with cropped or cuffed trousers dominated the runways. If you’re a sandal first – timer, we recommend opting for a pair in timeless black or rich chocolate hues which will keep your shoes rugged, versatile and ready to be slotted into any of your current high summer outfits.

L - Dolce & Gabbana. R - Marni                                                        

 

Number three. Bloom Bonanza.

Graphic prints take a backseat as oversized blooms and fun paisley patterns lap up the attention and afternoon sun. Always a favourite of European designers and even more so this season, we see them adorned on silk shirts, trousers, dinner jackets and tailored shorts.

To be super safe lads – if the print is wild, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit tame and let the print speak volumes.

L - Tom Ford and SABA

Number four. The Navy Suit

Traditional black and greys were kindly shown the door, with blue in every possible shade (particularly Navy) becoming the Spring suiting colour of choice.

Opt for a single – breasted jacket with one or two buttons but no more. Keep the suit trousers slim and always buy two pants.

If going for a cotton or wool blend option, don’t be afraid to mix and match the jacket with lighter coloured tailored shorts or chinos for a suave weekend look.

L - Etro. R - Raf Simons. 

 

Number five. Block Stripes

    With the rivalry between checks and stripes always a contentious one, this season the latter reigns supreme with designers experimenting heavily with block and variegated stripes. Both Valentino and cult – favourite Wooyoungmi were standouts, offering block stripes in nautical shades as well as textured, structured fabrics.

    As GQ Creative Director Jim Moore puts it “…Not only does a hefty stripe bring to mind athletic endeavours, it also visually broadens a guy’s frame, making him look like he’s been hitting the gym hard – whether or not that’s true.”

    Well, all we can say to that is; #JackLeeLoves!          

    Wooyoungmi

     

    Valentino

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    The Model. Kirsten Clemens.

    By Jacki-Lee Munckton

    Sporting brains, beauty and killer boxing skills to boot, Kirsten Clemens is one of Perth’s newest ‘it’ girls dominating the Australian modelling scene. 

    Tell us about you and your background Kirsten..

    I am very grateful to be living the life I have right now.

    I grew up on a farm in a small country town called Quairading. I’ve been a commercial model for five years, over east and also internationally in both Milan and Paris in the past six months. I have worked for many commercial brands such as David Jones, Myer and Target. I also have a degree in Mass Communications.

    In 2012 and 2013 Clemens was a Miss Universe Australia national finalist. What was this like?

    It was the most breathtaking, fulfilling experience I have ever had. Not only did I meet amazing friends; I grew so much more in to a confident person, with the competition opening up many doors for me in the modelling industry.


    This image was taken at the 2013 Grand Prix Launch in Melbourne, where I was fortunate enough to have a good chat with Mark Webber.


    Image of fellow Miss Universe contestant and good friend Olivia Wells (Miss Universe Australia 2013)



    With the aftermath of Miss Universe Australia opening up exciting new opportunities, what have you been up to lately?

    Traveling! Six months ago I was signed by an international modelling agency in Milan, Women. I was lucky enough to model in Milan as well as travelling throughout Europe. I have also been working in Paris where I was signed with Mademoiselle. It’s definitely a challenge and some days are better than others but I love what I do.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As part of your work and travels, you must be exposed to a heap of beauty, health and music from all around the globe. What are you really into right now?

    Yes, I sure am! I love natural beauty as well as leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m really getting into raw food at the moment! One of my favourite spots in Perth is The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle – definitely worth a try!

    I also exercise on a daily basis. When at home I head to Bodyworks for reformer Pilates. I also love boxing at Hurt Locker, where the girls and I did our training for the Miss Universe competition.

    And I follow Tracy Anderson for all things health. 

    Are there any iconic males who are the go to guys for their get-up at the moment? How would you describe Australian male fashion?
    I’ve found Jesse Maricic to be an increasingly influential men’s fashion blogger, with a heap of gents, especially from Melbourne, being inspired by his use of hot European trends.


    At the moment I’m finding Aussie male style to be characterised by a casual, understated aesthetic with guys in chinos paired with checked shirts or a crisp basic tee which I really love.

    Anything exciting on the radar coming up?

    I’m actually heading back to Paris in the next week for the September and October seasons over there. I’ll be working in Paris for two months and returning back to Melbourne in November. 

    You can follow Kirsten’s modelling adventures on her Instagram - Kirstenclem22 or through her three modelling agencies;

    Chadwick Models – Australia / Women Direct – Milan / Mademoiselle - Paris

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    Business of hair. Melissa Gesualdo.

    By Jacki-Lee Munckton

    Profession - L'Oreal Ambassador. Creative Director of Reno's Group. Store owner and manager of Reno's on St Quentin.  

    Pocket rocket hair styling phenomenon.

    The business of hair is in her bloodline.

    We caught up with Melissa Gesualdo to hear her story and extract some wisdom on how men should tame their mane. 

    Some background first. 

    Gesualdo's father opened the first Renos Hair Care over 40 years ago. Now there are six Reno's salons across Perth. Gesualdo grew up watching her parents use their creativity and skills to win numerous industry accolades and build successful businesses.  Gesualdo (and her two sisters) have worked their way up and taken over the reins. 

    So you have just arrived back from the global fashion capital of Paris.

    Spill the beans please ..

    My trip to Paris was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my career so far. I was the Hair Director for Australian fashion designer Bowie Wong at his debut runway show for Paris Couture Fashion Week. I designed the hair concept for the show and worked alongside another Reno’s team member and a member from the L’Oreal Professionnel UK artistic team.

    This show was the first time that an Australian designer has been asked to show at the prestigious event. Receiving international press coverage for my work was an amazing achievement. 

    We understand you are an ambassador for L'Oreal, what does this entail?  

    My role is to educate, create & endorse the L’Oreal Professionnel brand. 

    Last year, myself and five other artists travelled to Barcelona to represent L’Oreal Professionnel Australia at the launch of their new product range and to learn the 'It looks' for 2014.  Since then I have been traveling around Australia educating and showcasing what we were doing in Barcelona. 

    In addition to education, my role as an Ambassador also includes directing fashion shows and various editorial work. 

    So you are unquestionably across all the latest men's styling in hair. What is hot right now for a male coconut? 

    Mens styling is so exciting at the moment. It's not just women anymore who are taking in screen shots of their favourite celebs to their hair appointments - it's men too who are following the “it”looks through social media. Such as:

    ·         undercuts and tapered sides and back
    ·         pompadour style with subtle quiffs 
    ·         deep and definite side partings with purposely shaved in part line
    ·         Matt / raw textures, natural movement, not over styled, not a lot of product 
    ·         Fades back and sides - from a zero to a three clippers length. Keeping all the length at the top. 
    ·         top knots and hipster beards

    Can you see men changing and caring more about their hair and maintenance? 

    Men have done a 360 when it comes to their appearance and overall style. Not only is this great because they're better to look at but also as a stylist it makes men's styling so much more creative and individual. Our male clients are no longer looking for the nearest and quickest salons that they can get in and out of in 15 minutes with the generic cut, but rather they are looking to find a 'stylist'.

    And finally, do you ever have to trim beards? Just wondering.. 

    Hipster beards are huge at the moment, a lot to do with the new trend of old school barber shops that are popping up around the city. I have done the odd beard shaping and faceshave lately but men are definitely tending to go to there local barber for that authentic face and beard shave experience. As a salon owner it's an area we have been looking in to expanding our skills with because of the increased interest. 

    You can get in touch with Reno's through their website

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