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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!

Share your new hair style for 2015 with our JACK LEE community!

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New Year's WHAT?!

By Lucas Spezzacatena


With 2015 well and truly into full swing (sitting at your desk and blissfully day-dreaming of still being on holidays), we’ve all most likely broken one or even all of our New Year’s resolutions. Yes, yes, those same pesky resolutions to which we solemnly swore to keeping just days prior. Broken. Shattered. Non-existent. Embarrassingly so, probably.

 

Though never fear! We at JACK LEE Australia appreciate your first-world hardships and so have sat down and etched out a handful of realistic, sustainable resolutions which you’re welcome to embark on for the coming year but hey, no need to thank us!

 

Smile More

Possibly the most simple and modest of our suggestions, it is widely recognised that merely smiling (even forced smiling!) can move you to being happier and healthier. According to the science, the act of smiling activates the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine that in turn, help reduce stress and elicit positive emotions, as we start to actually feel happier. Strangely enough, much like yawning (which to quickly note, is not one of our thoughtful suggestions), smiling is actually contagious. Studies across Northern Europe show that humans can’t help but mimic the facial expressions of others which in turn influences their emotions! When you smile, you automatically appear more attractive, inviting, relaxed and sincere to those around you. The main takeaway: work your smile a little more – if you’re not sure how to react in a situation, a smile never hurts! Amy Cuddy provided a fascinating TED Talk on the profound impact of body language, including smiling, on our lives – give it a watch below.


 

Set Aside Personal Time

It sounds easy enough right? Well then how do we find ourselves never having a minute purely alone? Funny that! In an age where we are inundated with social media platforms and tech, it seems almost impossible to not be socially connected 24/7. Well, in 2015 we’re making a point (and perhaps, so should you!) of purposely setting aside time on our lonesome at least once a week. Lock up the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, even your LinkedIn (don’t fret, those lucrative job connections will still be there after an hour) and be fearless in kicking your shoes off and enjoying the company of someone you haven’t for quite a while – you! Hey, you may even decide to revisit an old hobby from years gone by.

 

 Uphold a regular health & fitness regime

Be gone with the funky diets and Biggest Loser – esque boot camps! It’s more than safe to say that we've all experienced these doing far more harm than good. Or is that just me? Anyway… the positive effects of simple routine and simple exercise are widely known – put them together and you've a foolproof way of sticking to a regular fitness regime. Whether it be regular jogging, walking the family pup, yoga (be sure to check out our Yoga blog in our archives) or even just running around the kids which counts as exercise in itself,  you’ll see a steady reduction in stress as well as improvements in energy, mood and sleep. In fact, studies cited in the Harvard Business Review cheekily point out that healthy – looking individuals are perceived by others as better leaders than even ‘intelligent – looking’ people.

 

 

Don’t commit to unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions

Not to be tossing negativity towards the idea of New Year’s Resolutions – hey, some 45% of Australians make at least one each year – but what spurred us writing this blog was continually seeing myself, work colleagues and countless friends shamefully unable to keep to our resolutions each year! And then subsequently lamenting our woes to each other for the next week at least. Our tip is to keep your resolutions relatively broad and hone in on one particular resolution at a time. You may just find that the success of fulfilling one resolve unconsciously spurs you to fulfil another!

We’d love you all to share your own New Year’s Resolutions or even your hilarious failed resolutions on our Facebook page or Instagram!

And cheers to a resolutions – filled 2015!

 

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ART / FASHION / FUSION.

By Jacki-Lee Munckton

JACK LEE Australia was recently fortunate enough to be invited to Summer Rising – a vibrant, almost euphoria-inducing collaboration between artist Francesca Gnagnerella and Jess Pollitt of Perth – based label Ethel & Leo.

Awed by her tenacity and passion, we sat down with the bellezza that is Francesca Gnagnerella to discuss her past, present and future as an artist and collaborator.

So Francesca, tell us a little about your art background and how you came to be?

Well, I studied in Rome, where I'm from and I lived there until I was about 18. Sculpture was my first love when I was still at school and I created my first bronze sculpture under the tutelage of Italian sculptor Vito Pancella. When I moved to Paris to continue my studies at Sorbonne University, I decided however that painting was the area where I wanted to concentrate most of my artististic endeavours and it’s then that I started to develop my own painting technique. I started exhibiting in group shows in Paris in April 2006 and then had my first solo exhibition in Rome in May 2006.

Your artistic style is rather refined and very distinct – how would you describe it?


I create mostly large - format abstract paintings that reflect subtleties of colour, light, and luminosity. Most of my paintings are multi-layered and richly textured and they all feature 23 Carat gold leaf. I use bold, painterly brushstrokes and dripped paint together with thinned veiled stains to created shifting layers of colour. I am mostly inspired by landscapes, colours and experiences. I then reinterpret them in my mind into abstract form. Since I moved to Australia, my colour pallet has changed considerably and I find myself more inspired by the bright and cinematographic light of Perth and the natural elements that surround me here - the colours are so vibrant!

How did this phenomenal collaboration between yourself and Jess of Ethel and Leo materialise?


It was a matter of love at first sight when I first saw Ethel and Leo's creative dresses walking down the Perth Fashion Festival runway earlier this year. I loved every single piece of the collection and I didn't waste any time in getting in touch. I felt we needed to work together! Later this year Ethel and Leo dressed me for my exhibition in Hong Kong for the entire show, every day with a different outfit and everyone loved it! We knew we had to continue to work together and take the collaboration further. We found we have so much in common and the energy we share is amazing! It's really like our worlds are aligned. We didn't know each other before but we just fell in love with each other’s work and everything happened very quickly from there. "Summer Rising" was born!

Francesca with Jess Pollitt of Ethel & Leo, both dressed by E&L.
(Photo courtesy of Aimee Jones Photography)


We were fascinated by the innovative way in which the Summer Rising event was laid out – how would you describe it?

We have transformed my gallery apartment on the Swan River into a masterfully designed showroom made up of several spaces distinguished by various colour themes. For example, there is the beach - inspired paintings room, the geometrics and the nudes’ rooms. Having the exhibition displayed in my gallery apartment helps clients to visualise how the paintings would look in their own homes and having them displayed in a homely and styled environment definitely helps with the presentation. It also creates a really wonderful buzz and we all felt a much warmer atmosphere compared to the cold environment of some gallery spaces with quite a few people often embarrassed to ask questions or feel intimidated walking into traditional galleries - here I get to talk directly with all my guests and they love the personal approach in experiencing art.

What has been one of your personal favourite collaborations between art and fashion over the years?

It's amazing to see how much large fashion brands collaborate with artists to always reinvent their brand and always create something new and exciting. Most recently I loved the collaboration of Italian brand Furla with twelve Asian artists to produce exclusive designs for their Candy bags. Each bag was uniquely ‘artified’ for the #candycool project; I wish I was one of them!

With the success of Summer Rising, will we see you potentially collaborating further with Jess and Ethel & Leo?

Definitely! We all feel that this collaboration has to continue because it works so well. We are about to launch a limited edition dress using one of my paintings that was on show at the 'Summer Rising' exhibition. Called 'The Future of Now', it features bold pinks and oranges and will look amazing once transformed into an Ethel and Leo dress. It is only going to be produced in twenty metres onto the most softest of silk fabrics. I cannot wait to see it and to wear it! It will be perfect for hot summer festive nights! 

You can follow Francesca on Instagram using @fragnagna_art

You can also follow Ethel & Leo on Instagram using @ethel_and_leo.

Aimee Jones Photography is available on Instagram using @aimeejonesphoto

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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. 

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