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Habitus is a movement for living in design. We’re an intelligent community of original thinkers in constant search of native uniqueness in our region.

 

From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.

 

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Design Products
Accessories

WILFREDANDENRIC

More a gallery than a retail store, WILFREDANDENRIC is a specialist in shoes and accessories, housing a bespoke collection of wearable designs imbued with avant-garde, experimental and even architectural appeal.

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Owner and collection ‘curator’, Vel Tasevski, draws on her background in fashion, advertising and film industries to apply a keen eye for detail, form and function. “I choose [shoe and accessory] designers that offer combinations of functionality with shape, form and intricate details; blended with quality materials and craftsmanship: in short designers with vision, and uniquely creative flair,” says Vel.

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“Each season provides me with the opportunity to search for new and alternative designers and product so that I can offer a variety of choice,” she says.

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“Each collection is a curation, and we choose to have a very limited collection – only one size run – so in this aspect we offer the gallery-like experience of a personally curated exhibition.” That said, the WILFREDANDENRIC experience is very inviting and accessible to anyone with an eye for fashion and an expressive aesthetic.

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The ‘seek-out’ store is located in a step-down basement space with street front entry. Designed by Shelley Freeman, it is gallery in a previous life, the site “fitted my desire to have an edgy, classy, minimalistic, European underground experience,” says Vel. An unassuming doorway opens onto a long, eye-level display cabinet – the sort you might use to showcase jewellery. Down the steps and there revealed is a long, narrow exhibition space – “a bespoke gallery for bespoke product,” says Vel.

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“It was essential for me to provide an ethereal experience that stimulates the mind and puts focus on our unique products.” Blending light and form, Vel created a three-dimension platform, “to allow the product to float in an endless space.”

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The footwear you’ll discover is from the likes of Fausto Santini of Rome, whose organic shapes and fundamental simplicity of design are created with tactile materials. In contrast to Santini is underground Russian designer Nutsa Modebadze who works in raw leather and hand paints her shoes. Vel also highlights Parisian Robert Clergerie – “yet another architectural designer who experiments with heel shapes, line and form.

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“Each piece is a statement and, of course, pure classics.”

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Tell us what pair of WILFREDANDENRIC shoes are your favourite and why for your chance to win a $600 voucher for the boutique shoe store!

Click here to enter now!

Find WILFREDANDENRIC at the Basement @ 1b Stanley Street, Collingwood.

WILFREDANDENRIC wilfredandenric.com.au

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Design Products
Furniture

Arflex ‘Cloud’ from Poliform

Arflex introduced its first outdoor collection with the Cloud, designed by Carlo Colombo. Complete with a sofa, chair, armchair and small table the collection experiments with the solid and empty space.

 

Technical characteristics and finishes:

Big sofa, Chair, Armchair and Small Sofa: Structure in polyester powder coated steel and elastic straps in white, black, blue and brown suitable for outdoor use. Feet in plastic. Cover & cushion: Fabrics for outdoor use. Small table/ pouf: Top in polycarbonate or marble and elastic straps.

Poliform
poliform.com.au

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Accessories

The Nature of Tiles by Earp Bros

‘Garden’ stays true to its namesake with an elegant foliate design. The dimensional texture further adds to the feeling of being immersed in a garden. Available in white with gloss and satin finishes, and also in cool winter greys and rich autumnal ochres, there is a colour theme to suit all applications and tastes.

 

Sustaining this natural look is the latest design in the PAR-KER range – ‘Amsterdam’. The tiles are inspired by the aged appearance of timbers in European lofts, with the high degree of variation within each tile creating a dramatic juxtaposition of tones and texture that imitate those of wood.

‘Amsterdam’ offers an ecological alternative to conventional timber flooring as the tiles are made from fully vitrified porcelain, allowing for a large range of durable finishes. Available in warm greys, rich whites and a contemporary charcoal-black, ‘Amsterdam’ animates and elevates floor surfaces from merely functional to powerfully aesthetic.

 

Earp Bros
www.earp.com.au

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Design Hunters
People

SID Insider Design Hunter Q+A: Domenic Alvaro

On My Desk: 

"I spend a lot of time drawing on yellowtrace, but I use white as well, Campos coffee from our coffee machine, a 3D printed model, San Pellegrino, samples for a project we’re working on, my pencil case, tape measure for scale, my Woods Bagot notebook, lots of pens and pencils – can’t live without my Lyra coloured pencils and liquid paper for mistakes – mistakes are good, my recently arrived mail order cycling oversocks, my iPad for email."

Design Huner Q+A:

Your name: Domenic Alvaro

What you do: Design Principal, Sydney studio, Woods Bagot

Your latest project: Bourke Street apartment development and Residence for the Ambassador of Kuwait in Canberra.

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

1) Herzog & De Meuron
2) Antonio Citterio
3) My family

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: My Pinarello Dogma and Wally power boats

Chair model: Superleggera by Cassina

Residential space: John Lautner’s Arango House, Mexico

Commercial space: Swiss Re (the Gherkin)

Decorative product: Mid-Century Danish Ceramics

Functional product:  Sori Yanagi cutlery

Handmade good: The Grid from AB Projects

Meal: Home made pasta and tomato sugo

Restaurant: A Tavola, Darlinghurst

Drink: single malt scotch whisky, (Suntory)

Bar: New York’s Standard Hotel roof top

Piece of technology: iPad

Historical figure: Michelangelo

Fictional character: Have to say James Bond

Vice: Chocolate

Virtue: I never quit

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?  Design Hunter. That continual quest for new and exciting evolutions of all things design including experiential not just product.

From high profile designers to trendsetting design hunters, the SID Insiders will be leading the Sydney Indesign experience by lending us their eyes and ears, sharing their thoughts on Sydney Indesign and giving a personal insight into their own design journeys. 

From their approach to Sydney, favourite haunts and city tips, right down to how they navigate their lives, make sure to follow their Twitter, Instagram andFacebook pages as they share their own experience of Sydney Indesign.

Register now for Sydney Indesign
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MAGAZINE

Privacy and Connection

Above: Seen from the rear, the simple assembly of four concrete walls and the metal vaulted roof becomes clear. Photo: Kraig Carlstrom. The brief, says Project Architect, Aya Maceda, was for an “urban retreat”. In other words, perfect for architect, Alex Popov, whose practice specialises in taking advantage of stunning vistas that his native Sydney provides, while creating a private refuge from urban stress. Client, Deirdre Huntley, says that she and her husband had followed Popov’s work for years in magazines and admired it for being “simple and elegant”. Initially, they approached him to design a home to replace their existing house in Cammeray where Popov had designed his outstanding residential complex, ‘Canopy’. But they then discovered a block of land in Mosman at the end of a cul-de-sac, on a ridge with panoramic views across Middle Harbour to the Heads – and, says Deirdre, “it all changed”. There was no specific brief, just a general programme which included an extended entertainment area with two adjacent living spaces in a big open plan. The ceremonial entry to the house. Photo: Kraig Carlstrom. opposite top | the canopied entry beckons the visitor into a private, domestic world. Photo: Kraig Carlstrom. Popov’s houses invariably have a deeply meditative spirit. So, it is not surprising that over time his buildings have become progressively more simple – assemblies from a tool kit of basic parts, but finished exquisitely within a fine but limited palette and organised into a contemplative flow of spaces. This house in Mosman is typical. It is typical also in the way Popov manages the transition from the public to the private domains, from the noise and activity of social living to the silence and stillness of domestic life. Sited below the ridgeline, on approach, the house is largely invisible behind all the vegetation. Only the terracotta box which contains the office-cum-library which sits above the main pavilion can be seen initially. The visitor then follows the “Katsura-inspired” zig-zag path to the entry, drawn by the dramatic cantilevered concrete canopy towards a timber wall feature of recycled Tallowood which, with the plantings, forms a warm-cool counterpoint with the offform concrete walls. Left: The canopied entry beckons the visitor into a private, domestic world. Photo: Kraig Carlstrom Right: Coming up the entry steps, the visitor is led into the living space by a curved timber-battened wall. Photo: Kurt Arnold.  Essentially, the house is an assembly of just four off-form concrete walls with a metal vaulted roof which seems to float above them. The feeling is that these elements are not so much constructed and connected as suspended and loosely held together by gravitational force. This relaxed counterpoint of materials and deft assembly of simple elements is repeated inside the house – hard and soft, warm and cool – most notably with the polished concrete kitchen bench which sits on a slightly recessed timber beam – “a timber shadow”, as Maceda describes it – giving the impression that it is floating. “It goes back to our main objective,” says Maceda, “which is to reveal the richness of each building material.” This is also highlighted in the kitchen where the off-form concrete outside becomes the splashback inside. There is what Maceda refers to as a “clarity of assembly” of the three main elements of the house: the off-form concrete wall, the terracotta box and the vaulted roof. This, in turn, is complemented by the timber elements which feature intricate detailing. The living room with its vaulted ceiling, softened by concealed lighting. Photo: Kurt Arnold. Typically, Popov engineers an extended sequence of arrival, delaying the final, magnificent reveal, and marking the journey by a transition from the robust exterior to an increasing delicacy as we venture inside. Drawn by the timber wall feature, the visitor passes through the  temple-like portal, turns left and up a few steps to reach the timber-battened front door with its concealed bronze handle. Inside, the curved, timber batten exterior wall of the pantry opens a pathway into the main space where first the expansive living/dining/kitchen space is revealed and then, beyond it, the deck and the panoramic views are presented. In this sublime space, the structure is expressed, with the steel beams also serving to conceal services such as lighting, air-conditioning ducts and curtain tracks. Similarly, says Maceda, the aim was “to pare back all the finishes and let the richness of each building material reveal itself”. As required in the brief, this open plan living area is subtly divided by a low step, separating the formal dining and sitting area from a family-oriented sitting area and informal dining area opposite the kitchen. Although the master bedroom is on this main, ground-floor entry level, there is actually a clear separation of the domestic and the public areas – which, in effect, is a separation of the adults’ and the children’s areas, with four bedrooms on the lower ground floor, a rumpus room and the laundry, all of which lead out to the 30-metre lap pool. The polished concrete kitchen bench and splashback. Photo: kurt arnold. On this wide site, the house is a linear assembly of spaces, all facing north, with an upstairs deck and lower ground floor terrace running the length of the house, each protected by generous overhangs. “You can,” says Deirdre, “keep your doors and windows open and not be affected by the weather.” The combination of overhangs and cross-ventilation (generated by highlight windows) means that the air-conditioning is rarely necessary. However, until one actually steps outside, the architects have carefully cropped the views – partly to heighten the drama, but also to bring the landscape inside, effectively as a decorative element. From the dining room, for example, there is only a partial view of the harbour. In the master bedroom, the western side looks out on to a bushland reserve. But again the view is edited, this time with low slot windows and a low bed so that lying down one sees a framed view of the reserve while at the same time enjoying privacy. In many respects, this is a typical Alex Popov house. But in a crucial sense the house also represents a new stage in the evolution of the practice which has recently gone through a process of re-structuring and re-defining itself. The home office which sits in the terracotta ‘box’. Photo: Kraig Carlstrom. “There have been,” says Maceda, “too many instances of a disconnect between the vision and the actual living space that the client gets in the end.” Hence, Popov Bass Architects (as the practice is now called, with Brian Bass becoming a partner) have adopted an integrated approach to their commissions, working on both the architecture and the interiors to ensure a fully coherent final result. For the Mosman house, the architects have worked with Will Dangar on the landscaping and with Russell Koskela on the interiors, designing all the joinery and specifying all the furnishings. The result is indeed a seamless harmony of carefully calibrated elements – of complementary materials and colours. Structurally simple and aesthetically refined, the house is nonetheless a thoroughly functional family home. Inside, the spaces balance connection and separation. Outside, on the other hand, the house connects easily and unobtrusively with its context. As is often the case, the children become the litmus test. “Because it is in a cul-de-sac,” says Deirdre, “all the local children gather here and play every afternoon. They just open their gates and the kids come down. It has facilitated this old-style neighbourhood with interaction between the children, and then the parents come and pick them up.” Popov Bass Architects popovbass.com.au Photography: Kraig Carlstrom & Kurt Arnold    abc
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Habitus Loves

Habitus Loves… A Keen Edge

Ceramic Lime Slicer

Created by: Edge of Belgravia

Why we love it: The Ceramic Lime Slicer features an elegant, crisp, lime coloured rubber handle, bringing a touch of extravagance to any contemporary kitchen. Purposely engineered for slicing roasted meat and cutting fish, its 6-inch narrow blade renders it an avant-garde carving knife, seamlessly slicing accurate cuts across roasted joints of savoury beef and fish filet. The ceramic blade stays sharp for years without need for sharpening, and the unique angular design of the handle forms a centrepiece of action and art in every kitchen. Each knife forms part of a limited edition series of 999 pieces.

Where you can get it: Edge of Belgravia

Chef's Knife

Created by: Global Knife

Why we love it: Made to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs, Global's award-winning knives are an excellent choice for the discerning home cook. This chef's knife's long razor-sharp blade is suited to virtually any cutting task, from dicing vegetables to quartering a chicken.

Where you can get it: Williams-Sonoma

Saji Ironwood 240mm Gyuto

Created by: Takeshi Saji for Chef's Armoury

Why we love it: Saji-san's knives follow an organic line from the tip of the blade to the handle to create a work of art. The blades are forged from exotic 101-layer nickel damascus steel, with solid desert ironwood handles, an R2 powder steel core joined with a highly polished stainless bolster.These knives deserve luxurious surrounds, so each comes with a hand made kiri wood box to rest in after a hard day in the kitchen.

Where you can get it: Chef's Armoury

Tomato Knife

Created by: Victorinox

Why we love it: Economical, sturdy and alarmingly sharp, the Victorinox tomato knife is a supremely utilitarian kitchen tool, with infinite slicing applications.

Where you can get it: Chef's Warehouse

DynaGrip® Snap-Off Cartridge Knife

Created by: Stanley Hand tools

Why we love it: Moving away from the kitchen to the construction, arts and crafts, and DIY arenas, the Stanley knife is synonymous with reliable cutting prowess. One of the latest evolutions of the classic, this model features a blade cartridge which automatically slides new blades into position after an old blade is removed, an ergonomic design for comfort and cutting power and a smooth, self-locking slider mechanism with an audible click stop.

Where you can get it: Hardware stores

Super Shears

Created by: CutCo

Why we love it: Sturdy, comfortable to use, and addictively powerful, these scissors/shears guarantee decisive, satisfying cutting in anything from roast chickens to thick cardboard. Squeeze, slice, and exhale. 

Where you can get it: CutCo Australia

Stellar A4 Guillotine

Created by: Fellowes

Why we love it: Despite the somewhat gory connotations of the guillotine, it is an indispensable tool for the lover of simultaneous straight severance. The Fellowes model can cut upto 20 sheets of 80 gsm paper in one fell lop, and includes a full size SafeCut Guard to prevent 'mishandling'.

Where you can get it: Stationery Distributors

Ultralight Branch and Scrub Cutter

Created by: Wilkinson Sword

Why we love it: An absolute life-saver when it comes to trimming tall trees/bushes etc., this light-weight, extendable cutter avoids the need for life threatening step ladder operations, instead affording the ability to access far away plant life. 

Where you can get it: Wilkinson Sword

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Happenings
What's On

What does ‘Home’ mean to you?

For this year’s Sydney Indesign, Habitus will be curating an exhibition of the best readers’ responses to the question ‘What does ‘Home’ mean to you?’ with a suite of beautiful prizes for truly outstanding entries. Selected submissions will be printed in high resolution and exhibited as part of the Habitus space at Sydney Indesign, crediting both the submitter and the author of the work. A collection of the most beautiful and interesting responses will also feature on habitusliving.com, accessing a readership 30,000 viewers per month. Responses can take the form of a sketch, drawing, picture, poem, lyric of a song – anything that will fit on an A3 sheet of paper! And submissions can be both original works by you or by another author. Submissions must also be accompanied by a short (25 words or less) explanation of how they express what ‘Home’ means to you. If submitting an image, bear in mind that its quality will be an important factor affecting its inclusion in the exhibition and chances of winning – so please, ensure that your image is as sharp, well-lit, and as high resolution as possible! (A3 specifications are: 420x297mm or 1191 x 842 pixels, with ideal dpi at 300). To submit your response, click here­. The exhibition will be on display in the Habitus space at the Galleria throughout Sydney Indesign, from August 15-17. To see the exhibition and participate in the full range of Sydney Indesign exhibits and events register here.  abc
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Homes

Best of Both Worlds

With the Australian residential building industry currently shaped by boutique, expensive architecture and cheap, mass-produced homes, InForm’s focus is on the broad swathe that lays vacant in the middle. Forming a new relationship with architecture firm Pleysier Perkins, InForm caters to today’s contemporary, design savvy consumer who demands a high level of architectural service. From bespoke to pre-determined designs, InForm offers a uniquely comprehensive design and construction service in a price bracket that can’t be found anywhere else. The new format offers clients a suite of eight home designs to choose from, ranging from compact, affordable duplex apartments to luxurious suburban homes. Once the basic model is selected, however, clients are able to modify the design, with InForm and Pleysier Perkins catering for everything from minor tweaks to complete overhauls. This allows for natural variations in clients needs and site requirements – as Simon Perkins, director at Pleysier Perkins states, “no matter how much one tries to design the ultimate house every project is unique, every site offers different opportunities and constraints, and it’s almost impossible to predetermine peoples priorities” This flexibility is then married to InForm’s nineteen years of experience and wealth of relationships within the construction sector, allowing projects to be costed, specified and approved quickly and efficiently. Despite seeking to reduce costs for clients, InForm and Pleysier Perkins remain dedicated to creating quality dwellings, as can be seen in the superbly resolved California House in Brighton, Melbourne (pictured above). One of the eight models on offer to clients, this modernist-inspired structure with deep horizontal roof planes, extensive glazing and emphasis on outdoor living is perfectly suited to the Australian lifestyle and climate. With more than 30 happy clients in just over one year, the partnership is bearing fruit, further attesting to its strength. Never satisfied to rest on laurels, however, the companies are always striving to improve – as Perkins states, “Our intention is to continually evolve and develop new designs, respond to demands of clients and the market keep ahead of competition, keep surprising, and never fall into predictability.” InForm informdesign.com.auabc
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What's On

Britannia Rules the Trail

As a promotion of the country’s strengths, be they sporting, touristic or cultural, the GREAT campaign has been an opportunity for the nation’s talents to be brought to the fore – especially in the arts and culture.

hat resolute, nationalistic drive is demonstrated in the wealth of design talent at work within the UK and abroad. The likes of Benjamin Hubert and Lee Broom form a new generation of GREAT designers forging a new identity that shakes off misconceptions of England as stuffy or staid. Their commercial and creative success measured in their rapid rise to international recognition.

GREAT Arts ’13 has been established by British Council as a festival of Brit-centric arts and culture, with events taking place around Sydney and Melbourne.

Taking a principal role in the program is Sydney Indesign, where the British Council’s GREAT Britain Design Trail (a dedicated bus route around the city) will take participants on a journey from one exhibit to the next, all the way highlighting excellence in British creativity from the likes of Ross Lovegrove, Timothy Oulten, Lee Broom, Established & Sons and many more.

In celebrating Indesign’s GREAT Britain Design Trail, we have five Granta packs to give away.  Each consists of a Granta tote bag and a copy of “Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4″

To enter: email editor@indesignlive.com with the subject line: “GRANTA COMP” and tell us in 50 words or less

Which UK designer/studio excites you most? And why?'

British Council
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Sydney Indesign 2013
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Healing Space

The idea of the home office is both convenient and economical, prompting more and more people to integrate their living space with their workplace. Whilst these repurposed garages, attics and garden sheds are functional, rarely do they sit as comfortably in their broader context as in the case of this project by Architects Tom Ferguson and Romy Farmer.

The brief for the project called for the renovation of a four-storey terrace and addition of a naturopathy clinic. The dialogue that ensued between client and architect was shaped by both specific wishes (for instance to favour natural, non toxic and sustainable materials) and a willingness to explore unconventional ideas.

As Ferguson comments, “The mixed use (residential and professional services) raised interesting challenges in terms of building code compliance. Space planning for the clinic was also challenging given the requirements for the floor plan combined with the long narrow terrace house style building footprint with opportunities for light and ventilation only at either end.”

Ultimately this resulted in a fluid, organic set of interlocking shapes that accommodate two consulting rooms, a kitchen/dispensary and a bathroom. These are accessed by a corridor that runs through the plan on a diagonal and turns halfway to make us of the headroom under the staircase. Ferguson further explains that “Angled walls are softened by curves that continue out into the external form of the building, a good example of how interior design can determine the exterior envelope of a structure.”

 

With walls and ceiling painted off-white and brightly lit with LEDs to counteract the lack of natural light, there was a risk that the clinic space could become coldly futuristic; however the use of waxed, recycled pine planks for the floors and the decision to expose original brickwork grounds the aesthetic tone and links it to the principles of the healing services it houses.

 

This material and colour palette extends through the upper three floors as well, creating continuity between professional and residential areas and sustaining a bright, airy, and warm mood.

 

Tom Ferguson Architecture and Design
www.tfad.com.au

Tonika Health
tonikahealth.com.au 

Photography: Tom Ferguson
tomferguson.com.au

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Timothy Everest at Paceman Pop-Up

Tom Cruise, David Beckham, Colin Farrell – and more – have worn his threads with pride, but don’t be put off by this. The Timothy Everest range of clothes and accessories is for the common man and woman.

When Timothy launched his tailoring business in the East End of London in 1989, it wasn’t with a view to providing an untouchable, highbrow suiting service. It was with a vision for bringing design-savvy customers back into the loop.

“When I started the business, it was really difficult to get people to buy in to bespoke tailoring,” says Timothy.

“I was reaching out to a consumer that was not ‘Savile Row’, who had been schooled on designer brands, and getting them to buy something that was really quite cool”, rather than throwing out ‘old season’ to make way for ‘new season’.

“We had to demystify it [tailoring], by making the process more interesting. The perception at that time was that it was long-winded, boring, old fashioned, expensive, elitist.

“But it’s not elitist,” says Timothy. Timothy talks about ‘reversing’ his customers into his brand, so the customer can access information easily and learn about stories and processes quickly.

“It’s important to empower that person who is on a quest for information and knowledge,” he says.

“When you come to our place the door opens, the curtain goes up, we empower the people in the process. It sounds good in there, it smells nice, you can have a great cup of tea, a beer” – take your pick.

“That’s our reversal.” Customers can see for themselves a three-piece suit coming together at the hands of Timothy’s expert team; they can ask the questions, enjoy the experience and feel informed.

In Melbourne last week to launch his showcase at the Paceman Pop-Up store in Prahran, Timothy introduced MINI customers and local fans to his Bespoke Casual range.

Bespoke Casual represents a fresh approach to tailor-made clothing, appealing to a new generation of customers who “aren’t really suit wearers, but are collectors of pieces.”

Here, each item carries the essence of tailoring with hand stitching and attention to the finer details, but the pieces are easier to “consume”, says Timothy.

“It’s not the 19 course chef’s special” – referring to his Made-To-Measure suits

“We’re definitely seeing the younger generation wanting to dress up, but not necessarily suited and booted.” Viewed from this perspective, dressing up might be the addition of a clean white t-shirt, thrown on as you leave work and dash out to dinner.

It could be the layering of a new piece upon your original outfit, or the versatile nature of a clothing item that allows you to wear it both night and day, working and socialising.

“We have to accept we’re very busy and time precious,” says Timothy. And appearing cool and casual is achieved in a much more fleeting way – as opposed to hours spent in front of the mirror.

Timothy, who has been a Mini fan since age 17 – “my first car was a MINI, and by chance we now drive a MINI” – is currently in-store at the Paceman Pop-Up.

The synergy with Mini is a strong one for Timothy, who says the Paceman Pop-Up is an excellent way to ‘reverse’ into MINI, allowing you to engage, experience, and get to know the brand from a completely different perspective.

Timothy Everest
timothyeverest.co.uk

MINI Paceman
minipaceman.com.au

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