Round Up: Tesla

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday 3 November 2016 for our event at Tesla. For those of you who joined us, you can register for a priority test drive of a Tesla Model S here

Tesla gave us a fantastic insight to their company, and demonstrated a cleaner way to use everyday transport and energy. 

A huge thank you to those who gave raffle prizes, with Handsome Skincare, CTG Technology Services, Ultimate PR and The Venue Shop and Tesla donating prizes we manager to raise over $1800 on the evening for Wear for Success.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and if you didn’t get to the event you can still donate to Suitably Connected / Wear for Success here.


Round up: Rodd & Gunn event

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday 8 September for our event at Rodd & Gunn. Located on the second level of St. Collins Lane, the New Zealand heritage brand was the perfect space for 50+ guests who enjoyed Amisfield wines and Capi sparkling while expanding their network. Suitably Connected raised over $1500 on the evening for Wear for Success, thank you to everyone who attended.

The Ivy League Look by Tim O'Leary

The Ivy League look in men’s clothing peak mid 50s- 60s in USA. Also called the Madison Avenue, look its influence on menswear has been lasting.

Named after the USA Ivy League Universities is the quintessential American gift to tailored menswear.  The Ivy look was overtaken by 60s swinging British fashion, but on the other side of the world the Japanese embraced Ivy maintaining the style over the last 50 years. The stronghold of Ivy is Japan.

Ivy Classics:  (A): Oxford Cloth Button Down shirt with collar roll. (B): Single breasted Raincoat – fly buttons front (C) Navy Blue Sack Jacket, 3 patch pockets, swelled edges, 3 roll 2 buttons.

Ivy Classics:  (A): Oxford Cloth Button Down shirt with collar roll. (B): Single breasted Raincoat – fly buttons front (C) Navy Blue Sack Jacket, 3 patch pockets, swelled edges, 3 roll 2 buttons.

The Americans, influenced by Italians, married British country/casual style with city/business style and created a relaxed look.  It is a smart comfortable marriage between city and country, casual and business.  Ivy was a reinterpretation of old world tailoring for the new world.

The basics of Ivy look are sack jackets, soft natural looking shoulders, patch pockets, swelled seams and hooked single rear vent. (Sack doesn’t mean looking like a bag, but refers to a garment that hangs from the shoulders). The lack of front dart gives a slim straight silhouette allowing any check patterns to mesh in front without interruption.

Ivy trousers are usually flat fronted, high waisted and slim but not tight. The khaki chino is the classic Ivy versatile trouser. It can be dressed up with a jacket, OCBD shirt and knit tie or dressed down with no jacket and the OCBD shirt open at neck.

The best known of all the items – The Oxford Cloth Button Down shirt with desired collar roll – is still a staple of men’s wear. A slim square end knit tie is smart for work and simultaneously relaxed enough for weekend drinks.

In USA the penny loafer or its opposite the long wing brogue are the staple shoes.  Desert boots are a standard option.

The overall look is portrayed well in illustrations of the time.  A long slim silhouette , always smart without looking constricting or  formal. The Ivy look works on young and older men.  The illustration (below) from Japanese Tailor Caid captures the Ivy style well.

Ivy has been long associated with modern Jazz and English fans of Modern Jazz – (see Bill Evans LP cover). The Modernists- morphing into Mods – wore Ivy clothing in order contrast with the English Savile Row style.

The Ivy look reached Australia as evidenced by the advert included here (Dress Up In Style For Outdoor Activities). The Marcus Clarke stores were focused in NSW but I have similar adverts from Melbourne.  The look certainly was around, promoted and easily available in early 60s Australia.

The influence of Ivy continues.  It remains the style of choice for men wishing to be smart, “modern” and yet relaxed and approachable at all occasions.

Above: Tailor Caid (Japanese Tailors) illustration from web pag

Above: Tailor Caid (Japanese Tailors) illustration from web pag

Words by SC Member, Tim O'Leary

Round up: Godwin Charli @ PwC event

Thank you for attending our event at
PwC in conjunction with Godwin Hili.

We had over 30 people attend and raised over $1000 for Wear for Success - thank you.
A big thank you to Jodie Aicken (Operations Manager @ WFS) for giving us all an insight to what Wear For Success is all about.

And thank you to Godwin Hili for sharing his story of his humble beginnings. If you would like to find out more about Godwin, you can read our short interview on him, or you can visit him at

Wear for Success is a registered charity and donations over $2 are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation to Wear For Success, please visit their donations page.

Profile: Godwin Charli

Who: Godwin Hili
Position and Company: Co-Founder/Creative Director – Godwin Charli
Locations: Lt Collins St, Chapel St, Emporium Melbourne, Westfield Doncaster & Chadstone (opening Oct 2016) + Online Store
Founded: September 2007
Number of Employees: 21
Company's vision: To offer customers with an authentic and genuine in-store fashion experience based on current trends without losing sight of our proud tailoring heritage
Best selling product: Men’s suiting

1. What's your vision for Godwin Charli?
To be recognised nationally as a market leader in Men’s and Women’s fashion by maintaining strong ties with our tailoring heritage and being innovative through style and customer experience both in-store & online.

2. How do you, as a Director and owner, create a culture within the workplace to deliver that vision?
I do my best to always remain current by traveling the world for inspiration, always searching for the greatest fabrics and product ideas. Travel also enables me to observe first hand the best operators. I’m also passionate about never losing touch with my customer in-store by making myself available for style consultation. I strive to always take my staff on the journey with me by continuously keeping them strong in product knowledge and encourage them to use great judgement all the time.

3. What do you enjoy most about your role?
I won’t lie, the travel is awesome! Paris, Milan, Florence, London and Shanghai are amazing cities to explore every year.  Although mainly work related trips, they are always so inspiring and allow me to focus in on my creative side without the distractions of everyday day business pressures.

4. What does the next 12 months look like for Godwin Charli?
Over the next 12 months I would have opened my 5th store, the flagship of the group at Chadstone. The focus will be centred around making sure all stores are running smoothly. Ensuring the staffing mix is correct and understanding the new demands on the business from a design and production perspective.

5. How critical was networking when you started Godwin Charli?
Networking was super important for me. Working on the shop floor during the first 5 years allowed me to meet so many amazing individuals. In some cases allowed me to build strong business relationships with influential connections.

6. Suitably Connected aims to raise awareness and funds to help men trying to find confidence to get employment, why does this resonate with you?
I believe that in today’s hyper competitive market place it’s so important to feel confident, not only in your ability but in having the tools to shine. If I can influence the impression men leave on prospective employers then I have done my job.

7. What does your next collection feel like? Where have you got your inspiration from?
My Spring Summer 16/17 menswear collection builds on the importance men’s separates are having in the way men dress these days all over the world. The ability to look smart yet relaxed was a key driver in the creation of this season’s collection. Nothing is flat, everything has texture and interest up close. Cotton/Linen combinations highlight a strong Mediterranean vibe. Colours are more earthy and neutral, making dressing up less about “look at me” and more about “I’m in control and know what I’m doing”.

Watch Godwin's Story

Photographs by Anjo Miranda and the Godwin Charli team

Photographs by Anjo Miranda and the Godwin Charli team

Pop-up: Poppa & CO.

We're proud to be supported by Poppa & Co, a pop-up store destination providing gentleman's essentials such as made-to-measure from Hermen Menswear, key accessories from OrbitKey, Wooden wallets from By Madera, cable management by Hello Maco, Portable power bank by Sparkstone chargers, Menswear by Chanman and refreshments provided by Capi.

A percentage of all our profits will be donated to Wear for Success, a not-for-profit that helps dress and coach people suffering disadvantage in their efforts to find permanent employment. 

You can also donate your used suits to the cause and receive 15% off credit to go towards a new made-to-measure suit from Herman menswear in store. 

Poppa & Co.
Address: 451 Burke Rd, Glen Iris, 3146 Victoria, Australia.
Opening Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday (10AM-5PM).

Samuel Properties

The Menu: Worlds Best Pizza

We've stumbled across a rather important podcast you should listen to. Monocles guide to the world of good, drink and entertaining, 'The Menu' podcasts serves up interviews with the world's most creative chefs, introduces the makers behind the scenes and the ingredients that will soon be landing on your restaurant table.

Episode 239 of the menu discusses how to choose between the 1,700 best pizzerias around the world.

Exhibition: Photographer Henry Talbot at the NGV

If your eye tends to be drawn to the finer things in life, then you’ll be captivated by Henry Talbot’s photography exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Curated by Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography, the exhibition reveals an array of over 80 never-seen-before photographs that highlight both Melbourne and 1960s fashion.

Below is a preview of photographs by Talbot at the NGV.

Exhibition details:
NGV Australia, Level 3.
7 May - 21 Aug 16
10am - 5pm daily

Henry Talbot at the NGV

Photographs supplied via the NGV website.

Scorsese, Style & Masculinity

De Niro in Taxi Driver to Di Caprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese's men have a habit of becoming unexpected style icons, with the director often using clothes and styling as indices of power, excess and, of course, masculinity. As part of the 2016 Festival of Steve and in celebration of SCORSESE, join a special panel of guests as they explore the inherently masculine style and substantial stylistic influence of the master filmmaker.

Exploring the recurrent figure of the male-in-crisis throughout Scorsese’s career, this talk will also focus particularly on the archetype as it appears in his films of the late 70s and early 1980s, examining how the prominence of this figure reflects both broader cultural trends in the post-Vietnam War era and Scorsese's own particular fascination with masculinity on-the-edge.

Hosted by Steve Colquohon, Editor of Executive Style, the panel of speakers will include writer, academic, broadcaster and filmmaker Josh Nelson, local designer Dom Bagnato, stylist Sally Mackinnon and ACMI Film Programmer James Nolan.

Information here

Copy and image via ACMI