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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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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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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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