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LOCH LOMOND • THE WORLD'S FINEST WHISKY ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

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In an age of fast fashion and convenience over quality, the importance of experiencing the finer things in life can often be overlooked in exchange for fleeting thrills.

For those willing to dig a little deeper however, a sensory experience birthed from prestigious and perfected craftsmanship awaits. Welcome to the world of Loch Lomond whisky.

Proudly holding the title as globe’s finest whisky distillery, their history is steeped in the six Celtic clans that touched Loch Lomond. Clans embodied unity and strength, a spirit of togetherness and friendship; the spirit of kinship reflected in the range.

Enjoyed on the rocks or neat, solo after a long day in the office or with your circle out on the town, Loch Lomond brings that illustrious touch of sophistication to your moments of relaxation and celebration.

Creating the finest single malt and single grain whisky from the picturesque shores of the most famous of all Scotland’s lochs since 1814, the fierce pride and passion of the Loch Lomond family to create liquid perfection is evident in every drop of their world-class malts.

And now it’s your turn to experience the unique magic for yourself, Australia; a milestone development that Chief Executive Officer Colin Matthews is thrilled to announce:

“The Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond ranges are a true appreciation of how whisky is developed with authentic Scottish craftsmanship and a dose of innovation. Our master blender, Michael Henry, artfully balances the flavours of each barrel and gives each whisky its own personality.

“Thanks to the help of Vintage Cellars, First Choice and Liquorland, we are excited to show Australians the uniqueness of our range and how the Scots enjoy a proper whisky,” says Colin.

My advice? The next time you raise a glass in honour of celebration, relaxation and all the moments in between; look no further than Loch Lomond.
 

Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry • Part IIl

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From a very early age, standing out from the crowd has always been important to me. I’ve always been captivated by the personality differences that separate us from one another; our individuality that should be celebrated at every opportunity.

It’s the same when it comes to your personal sense of style – it’s vital to embrace your unique taste and select pieces that give you the freedom to be boldly you; whatever that looks like.

The new collection from Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry does exactly that (almost unapologetically so). Boasting a provocative and powerful range of Swiss-made timepieces and accessories,  the brand has managed to achieve the elusive combination of classic style and modern innovation.

Favourites include the City Chrono watches and Boost bracelet…but that’s my personal preference; what will yours be?

Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry • Part II

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When the opportunity arose to travel to Italy to attend the world’s most prestigious men’s style event Pitti Uomo, my reaction was part euphoria, part gratitude and part nervous AF. With such an unforgettable experience on the horizon, surely nothing could heighten my excitement any further?

Well in classic Hancock style, I was wrong; I received a call from Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry and instantly the stakes were raised sky-high.

As Pitti Uomo coincided with their 20th-anniversary celebrations and the launch of their new collection, it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the brand's modern innovation and sophisticated style.

It’s no secret that the finishing touch to the outfit of any modern is a sophisticated timepiece with complimentary accessories, but would this timeless trend translate toItalian style? DO Italians do it better? The pressure was on to make our Australian mark on the fashions of Florence and internal questions went into overdrive…

But once we arrived, any doubts flew straight over the cobblestoned streets and up into the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany. The spirit of appreciation and inclusiveness at Pitti Uomo made an impact from the first moment - this was a global fashion event without cliques or trends to concern yourself with. This was a celebration of style in many shades and forms, centred around the ever-present influence of Italian culture around the world.

Bellissima.

As for finishing touches? Turns out it’s they’re a universal language. Watches, jewellery and understated accessories became statement pieces for the Pitti Uomo pack. With the best street style photographers in the business shooting standout looks to be broadcast by every major fashion publication around the world, the final pieces that bring an outfit together are make or break.

The Swiss-made collection seamlessly combines classic style with modern twists featuring luxe designs to compliment your personal style on the daily. 

MARKS & SPENCER • THE JUNE EDITION

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I’ve done the research and all reports indicate that winter has well and truly arrived here in our great south land; yes, in my spare time I'm obviously a scientist. While the frosty seasonal shift means our salty spirits have to take a break from the azure ocean for a few months, it also means the men of Australia can embrace a whole new range of style pieces to express their individual style.

Not a bad trade, hey gents? Layers, we've missed you.

Marks & Spencer are leading the charge with their latest Autumn/Winter collection boasting knitwear, coats, casual looks and formal fashion. Whether you’re desperate for a full wardrobe makeover or just want to add some signature pieces to refresh your seasonal style, the fashion gurus at M&S have you covered.

For my latest Marks & Spencer Style Edit I was drawn to dark trenches, light linen, luxe wool and casual wear in grey and olive tones. Layer it up and let your swag out on the city streets, gentlemen. You know you want to.

Look One • Pure Cotton Textured JumperPure Linen ShirtBlack Skinny Fit Stretch Jeans,  Wool Rich OvercoatLeather Chelsea Boots • Look Two • Baseball Bomber Jacket, Slim Fit Pure Cotten Tee, Slim Fit Pure Cotten Chinos

This collaboration was supported by Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links

Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry • Part 1

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Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry has long been the brand synonymous with elegance, style and sophistication. Often served with unexpected twists to ensure your unique style is perfectly complimented with the ultimate timepiece or accessory, the global fashion brand has just dropped their new Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry 2017 collection and to put it bluntly; it’s baus AF.

Launched in celebrate their 20th anniversary of leading the style stakes for men and women alike, the new CK range will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact as some of their finest work to date. Featuring Swiss-made designs that exude both a minimal and dynamic aesthetic, the overall feel is modern luxury; desirable with a distinct difference.

After attending their 20th birthday celebrations in Sydney I’m honoured to taking Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry to the streets of Florence for Pitti Uomo, the world’s ultimate men’s style event. Against a backdrop of cobblestoned streets and historic monuments we’re going to rediscover the true spirit of masculine style as it how CK have reimagined the classic concept of dapper in their quest for the perfect timepiece. 

That Perfect Calibre Cut // Part 1

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The arrival of autumn in Australia is marked with a subtle kind of seasonal magic; days become cooler with the Pacific Ocean breeze, evenings lengthen at a leisurely pace and layered looks return to the table as the summer haze lifts. The scorching heat drawing to a close means men can style-up with a blazer, jacket or tie without overheating to the temperature of the sun.

What a time to be alive.

The Lords of style at Calibre have dropped their new season line and to say it's some of their best work would be an understatement of epic proportions. The range features classic autumn tones of navy, muted charcoals, brown and black...

And then there's the statement pieces. Think textured blazers of maroon twill or dark aqua velvet with secret-society-esque emblems, short-suits in loud geometric patterns and unexpected bursts of bold colour.

Fresh, unique, the perfect collision of modern and dapper - I’ll take two of everything, thanks.

PSA: Gents, you must check out their range of killer lapel pins. The designs consist of carved leather, fabric, even bronze and aluminium; they're all limited release with a small number available, keeping your finishing touches as original and unique as the man wearing them.

Shot by Johnny Vision wearing the Slim Piping Shirt, Neutral Polo Blazer, Sharp Ankle Plant, Henderson Monk Slippers, Star Bullion Badge  & Pocket Square by Calibre.

Macquarie Centre | Gift Guide For Him

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Christmas shopping in Sydney can be a thrilling experience that fills you with overwhelming emotions of love and generosity as you select the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest.

At the same time, it can be as harrowing as a dentist drilling a tooth.

While you ride a rollercoaster together.
In North Korea.

So what’s the secret to the perfect Christmas shopping experience? Quite simply where you choose to shop. You want to tick off your Santa list somewhere that offers a wealth of international brands in the one location and with a range of options to suit every budget.

Thankfully there’s a premium retail destination that offers all this and so much more.
Introducing Macquarie Centre!

I visited the sophisticated shopping space to curate my Gift Guide For Him and it was a luxe, seamless experience from beginning to end. Valet parking, a huge collection of retailers and impeccable service ensure the ultimate retail experience at Macquarie Centre and I’ve got the haul to prove it.

My Gift Guide For Him includes pieces from Uniqlo, Peter Jackson, H&M, Ron Bennett, Betts, Typo, MYER, Sunglass Hut and Vintage Cellars, perfect for any men in your life this Christmas.

Whether you're shopping for your partner, brother, dad or uncle; get inspired with my signature selections below and then visit Macquarie Centre to select a unique gift that reflects their personal taste or style to share a truly memorable Christmas moment this year.

 1. Anchor Bracelet $12.95,  H&M  2. Veuve Clicquot $66.66,  Vintage Cellars  3. Lapel Pin $39.95,  Peter Jackson  4. Dior Sauvage Fragrance $224,  MYER  5. Travel Journal $29.99,  Typo  6. Cufflinks $19.95,  Ron Bennett  7. Raybans $390.00,  Sunglass Hut , 8. Tan Dress Shoes $89.99,  Betts  9. Linen Blazer $129.90,  Uniqlo

1. Anchor Bracelet $12.95, H&M 2. Veuve Clicquot $66.66, Vintage Cellars 3. Lapel Pin $39.95, Peter Jackson 4. Dior Sauvage Fragrance $224, MYER 5. Travel Journal $29.99, Typo 6. Cufflinks $19.95, Ron Bennett 7. Raybans $390.00, Sunglass Hut, 8. Tan Dress Shoes $89.99, Betts 9. Linen Blazer $129.90, Uniqlo

Rhodes & Beckett Spring Racing Style Guide

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Arguably the biggest fashion event on the Australian calendar, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is so much more then a succession of race days. Celebrities, media identities, business moguls and an increasing number of super-styling influencers descend on The Birdcage in Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse to celebrate, indulge and make their mark in the style stakes.

There are a few rules to keep in mind when selecting your Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival looks and we want you to feel a million bucks across your Derby DayMelbourne Cup and Oakes Day celebrations; so we've teamed up with the suiting lords at Rhodes & Beckett to put together an exclusive Rhodes & Beckett Spring Racing Style Guide

Take inspiration from our editorial created with top-to-toe Rhodes & Beckett pieces, note some of the styling guidelines, put the champagne on ice and dapper down with tailored menswear looks this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, gents. Giddy up!

Derby Day //
The annual launch day for the Spring Racing Carnival, Derby Day is traditionally a black and white affair. A three piece will set you apart from fellow gentlemen, especially when paired with contrasting patterns and textures. Pinstripes, polkadots, block colours - mix it up for a truly unique look this Derby Day.

Melbourne Cup //
Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation and your outfit should include touches as bold and brazen as the ensuing celebrations. Colour truly takes first place for Melbourne Cup and this season it's all about blue, maroon, purple and navy. Make sure your pocket square, tie and lapel pin are complimentary but not matching - again, various patterns are key.

Crown Oaks Day //
Known as the race day for the ladies to shine, it's time for the boys to be chivalrous and let the girls have their well-heeled fun. While slightly more casual then Derby Day or Melbourne Cup, it's still vital to dress the part for Crown Oaks Day. Lighter suiting, pastel colours and toned down accessories will ensure a relaxed look while retaining your dapper style.

STYLE | Marks & Spencer

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Do you even suit bro?

Suiting has come a long way and it’s awesome to see classic styles evolve as modern men become more at ease with adding a unique twist to traditional looks.

We don't know about you but we don't have to rock a corporate look for the office every day...that being said, we love to dress for success and style accordingly.

As a compromise, we're pretty addicted to combining suits and tees for a unique look that’s part street, part sir. Literally the perfect outfit to take you seamlessly from day to night, we recommend pairing a tailored suit with a casual top and sneakers/high tops for the ultimate relaxed, suave vibe.

And where does one find the perfect fit to pull this off? Marks & Spencer, of course.

The London fashion house is rocking a seriously stylish range that we couldn't wait to get our hands on - so naturally, we selected a few favourite Marks & Spencer pieces for an editorial collaboration. Their range is versatile in both style and cost, meaning you’ll find the perfect fit no matter your personal taste and budget here.

The only thing left to decide is how you’ll twist your suit style to suit your swagger. 


Suit Pants: Marks & Spencer Super Slim Fit Flat Front Trousers
Suit Jacket:  Marks & Spencer Super Slim Fit Flat Front Trousers
Top: Marks & Spencer Pure Cotton Tee
Shoes: Le Coq Sportif

Style Edit | Michael Hill

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At some point in your journey from adolescence to adulthood, cheap thrills no longer become attractive when selecting the pieces that express your unique style to the world. Authenticity, fine craftsmanship, timeless design, sophistication…these are the design attributes that start to emerge as desirable. 

Perhaps it’s a deepening knowledge of yourself, a greater understanding of your personal tastes or simply wanting to prioritise quality over quantity. Whatever reason, we’ve reached a point where finer trumps fleeting.

And that’s the exact ethos behind the jeweller craftsmen of Michael Hill.

Boasting a broad selection of jewellery, watches and accessories for both men and women, Michael Hill
remain one of the few jewellery retailers that have an in-house team of master craftsmen – dedicated to creating your future heirlooms and keepsakes while continuously perfecting their craft.

For over 30 years they’ve shared a local and global style vision, catering quality design to consumers across New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States and their lengthly commitment to fine design is obvious in throughout their range.

Our personal favourites include the Men’s Watch With Diamonds In Gold Tone and the classic Sterling Silver Bands featured in our style edit below but what will yours be? Check out the timeless range to suit all tastes and budgets here.

The TY-LR Style Edit

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TY-LR isn’t your standard modern Australian designer label.

Catering for both men and women with new ready to wear collections every month, the brand was personally endorsed by Kendall Jenner in a Teen Vogue interview last month. Regardless of your personal thoughts on the Kardashian Klan (not a typo) this is a pretty big deal; boasting an audience of over 60 million and access to every high-end label on earth a published endorsement from Kendall is an achievement in itself.

But then there’s the actual range itself.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot some style edits in my top selections from the line and let me tell you…TY-LR is suave AF. The brand excels with an almost exclusive monochrome palette, unique fabrics, slouchy suiting and the lushest leather/suede jackets I’ve ever worn. 

And we all know there’s nothing sexier than a killer LJ.

Take a look at The TY-LR Style Edit Pt 1 below featuring The Kieren Suit + Pennington Tee and shop the rest of the range here.

Autumn Racing | Myer X Topman Style Edit

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This just in: autumn racing season is upon us. Yes, I know, it was the 3rd of January yesterday, we skipped February entirely and suddenly it’s mid-March.

Moving on.

Style wise, Autumn Carnival is a fairly unique experience on the social calendar. Summer is done and your outfits must be adjusted accordingly with dark navy and tan leather coming out in force…but it’s still relatively warm and scorching days are more frequent than stuttering Mike Baird interviews defending questionable donations from Sydney casinos.

Ohhh, #political.

I suggest layering up but keep the materials light and breezy; chinos and blazers in cotton and linen, playful ties and a mixture of light and dark colours for a well rounded autumn look.  MYER is now rocking a stunning mens range from Topman which is updated on the daily so you can rest assured you’ll look fresher than fresh come race day.

Simon wears Topman shirt, tie, blazer, chinos, belt, shoes & shades.

STYLE | Double Denim Dreams

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Double denim. Once the unofficial uniform of daggy parents and forgotten rockabilllys repping hair sprayed mohawks in 80s music videos, this trend had transcended the times and returned to be embraced by the style set worldwide. Hipsters too. And basically everyone else.

 And we’re feeling it. Ferociously.

Throw together a pair of tailored jeans, a denim puffer-vest, striped singlet and leather boots and you’ve got a look that we’re toting as ‘cultured cowboy’. Now if only those pesky Akubra hats were made for oddly large heads and it was cool to roam the streets on horseback...

Where to find, you ask? Well Glue Store has all your double-denim trends covered with new stock arriving daily and a seriously impressive collection of brands to take you through the four fashion seasons.


[Vest, singlet, shades, jeans and boots by Glue Store. Shot by The Luft Creatives]

STYLE | ROCK'N'ROLLA

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Want to up your street cred in the style stakes? Dudes, it's as simple as throwing together your favourite LJ, shades and a shirt. From Mr Shirts, of course.

We recently started ordering from these cotton kings and they add a serious level of luxe to the purchase process. 

What Mr Shirts achieves is luxury quality at affordable prices where fit, quality, service and affordability are all of equal importance. They only use Luxury 2-ply fabrics, 100% superfine cotton, mother-of-pearl buttons, 18 stitches per inch, hand stitch detailing, no pleats, no darts, removable collar stays, and that’s just to start. 

Order online and your shirts are promptly delivered directly to your door in the fanciest packaging of life. Add some dark denim and a pair of new range Clarks boots and you’re ready to rock. 

[Vintage Leather Jacket. Shirt by Mr Shirts. Shades by Glue Store. Boots by Clarks. Shot by The Luft Creatives]

STYLE | Tarocash Winter Blues & Hues

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Winter doesn’t always demand the tried and tested black-and-grey wardrobe. Bring a little colour to the cooler months with powder blues, lavender and navy tied together with brogues and bags in tan. It’s amazing how a little colour in winter can put a spring in your step.

Tarocash have upped the style stakes lately with a diverse range of trends for the well-heeled man. You can now shop the full collection online 24/7 thanks to the power of the internets.

After all, true style doesn’t sleep, right gents?


[Full outfit by Tarocash. Shot by The Luft Creatives ]

Style | Trippin' In Tweed

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Sometimes a man needs to kick back, relax and hang up suit & tie combination for a day or two. At the same time a dude still needs to put his best dapper foot forward in the fashion stakes.

After all, we’re not barbarians.

Slip on a tee and swap a blazer for a vest with matching trousers or chinos in tweed or houndstooth prints. Add a linen shirt around the waist and some leather loafers and you're all set for a day of seriously stylish (yet relaxed) city strolling.

[Outfit – Suit & tee by Topman. Shoes by The Iconic. Shirt by Tommy Hilfiger. Shot by 
The Luft Creatives ]

Style | The Hilfiger Edit

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One of my favourite things about living in Sydney is the subtle change in seasons. Autumn here is beautifully mild and most days you’d be forgiven in thinking summer had extended her sweet sun-drenched stay.

On these warm afternoons in our harbourside city I reach for layers of linen, a blazer and chino shorts; relaxed tailoring at it’s finest. New range Tommy Hilfiger has the gents covered in the dapper department, bringing nautical praise to autumn days.

[ Outfit – Blazer, shirt & chino shorts by Tommy Hilfiger. Shot by The Luft Creatives ]

DIOR Secret Garden IV x RIHANNA

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If last week's Dior teaser for their Secret Garden IV campaign feat an alluring Rihanna made you thirsty, allow us to pour you a well-deserved drink.  Introducing the incroyable full-length version.

Directed by Steven Klien, the four-minute feature stars an elusively dark Riri roaming the grounds of Versailles to the tune of ‘Only If For A Night’ from her forthcoming album #R8.

SIMON SAYS watch the video. Enjoy. Then instantly book flights to Paris to recreate this Dior-adorned moment.

Model Moment | Simone Holtznagel

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With her luscious blonde locks, Jolie-level pout and killer curves, Simone Holtznagel is the one to watch...as if you could help it. The Australia's Next Top Model graduate recently relocated to LA to fulfil her duties as the new GUESS girl after being discovered by CEO Paul Marciano himself. All this and she also happens to be one of my very best friends. Looks like I did something right in a past life. 

I caught up with the superstar herself for to talk  fashion, fitness and that luxe LA lifestyle...

Q: Moan, you’re killing it as of late. In a whirlwind schedule of daily shoots and castings how do you stay in shape?
A: Aw THANKS! It's handy the gym is a few doors down for my apartment. I go most days unless I've been working everyday for a few days in a row...but even then I still try to go and do a little work out even if it's just for 30 minutes. If I'm not there you can find me at Hot Barre class which is my secret weapon. 

Q: Paul M has recruited you as a the new GUESS girl. No biggie. Are you feeling the pressure or just loving the ride?
A: Right now I'm just loving the ride. I feel like once you are on a roll - because you're in such a great place mentally and career wise - you're more confident and so it's like a snowball effect for the work to keep on coming in.

Q: You’ve recently relocated to LA. For those visiting the Tinseltown anytime soon what’s your must-see restaurant recommendation?
A: CHATEAU MARMONT. The best spaghetti this side of Italy. Just the best everything. Best food. Best vibe. That's my go to food/watering hole. And it's walking distance from my house. I am usually there minimum 3 nights a week, depending on my schedule. 

Q: Looking into the future plans for world domination; will we see you acting or presenting anytime soon?
A: I'm quite lucky that I have an amazing mentor Christine Peters here in LA. She wrote How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. She has a few things in the works that I have read some scripts for and she's introduced me to a lot of important people in the acting industry so we will wait and see...It's nice to have someone like her take me under their wing.  

Q: Finally, let’s give the Aussies a little love. Who are your favourite Australian designers to wear on the red carpet?
A: Wheels and Dollbaby are my go to. All of their pieces are super beautiful and really stand out. Also, they fit me like an absolute glove and make you feel amazing.