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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for
travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
A well-dressed gentleman on the move; an explorer through life; four seasons in one day and the importance of lightweight layering. These are the key foundations M.J. Bale founder-designer, Matt Jensen, built the brand’s Autumn Winter 2014 collection on this coming season, inspired by his move from Sydney to the Southern Highlands of NSW. The importance of functional, elegant clothing worn in cold climates, coupled with the need to produce or reduce layering, inspired this rich compendium of muted and neutral-toned garments uplifted with subtle pops of colour and ‘New Dandy’ checks and patterns.
Soft, deconstructed tailoring, an M.J. Bale trademark since the brand’s inception,
continues this season with twists of fancy: woollen flannel jackets and trousers in elegant windowpane checks and chalk stripes, bright patch pocket jackets in Italian washed cotton, and cotton corduroy jackets in a rich lustre of autumnal colours. Versatility, and the ability to dress-up or dress-down, is key. Three-piece options woven in interesting textures as well as crew-neck cable knits, cardigans and V-neck knitwear in dapper colours such as camel, brown and British racing green have been designed to layer as separates with ‘mismatch’ jackets and trousers.
M.J. Bale continues its evolution towards luxury collector items with a limited edition capsule collection of Super 140s woollen and cashmere garments. Not just aimed towards the high end of the market, we also bring elements of the Collection range into more accessibly priced Blue Label garments towards season’s end, including tailored, slim fit jackets.
New Zealand-born photographer, Hugh Stewart, who is renowned for his cinematic portrait work, photographed the brand’s ‘Winter Pursuits of a Well-Dressed Gentleman’ A/W 2014 campaign for the second consecutive season, at the Bigga property of a superfine Merino woolgrower. The campaign was conceived by Sydney based creative agency SoDUS and styled by renowned fashion editor, David Bonney. The campaign includes portraits of new M.J. Bale brand ambassadors, including celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge, horse trainer, Ed Cummings, ex-Wallaby, Matt Burke, and Australian polo player, Rob Archibald. Campaign video by Brett Brown.
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