Business trip: Perth

Population: 2.02 million in Greater Perth
Airport: 20 minutes from the CBD
Public Transport: Bus, train and taxi. The CBD can be easily walked.
Hotel: The Alex Hotel, Northbridge
Client Dinner: Shadow Wine Bar
After Work Drink: Petition Wine Bar
Lunch Meeting: Small Print
Coffee: Telegram Coffee; Low Down
Just Outside The City: Bread in Common, Fremantle
Beach: Cottesloe
Run: Hyde Park or Kings Park
Weekend breakfast: Mary Street Bakery


Hotel: Alex Hotel
Set in an angular, modern building, this fashionable boutique hotel in the Northbridge neighbourhood is a 6-minute walk from Perth railway and underground stations, and 3 minutes' walk from the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

The colourful, contemporary rooms feature free Wi-Fi and smart TVs. Upgraded rooms add private balconies.

Free continental breakfast is served in a bright dining room. There's also a patio and a warm library lounge, as well as a restaurant serving European cuisine. Other amenities include an espresso bar and a rooftop terrace.


Client Dinner: Shadow Wine Bar
Tucked in next to The Alex Hotel, fine dining restaurant, Shadow Wine Bar in Northbridge offers classic Euro dining and a moreish wine list. Shadow Wine Bar has a stunning full food menu and a bar menu that's the ideal accompaniment to your wine of choice, dripping with charcuterie, cheese, and other plonk-friendly favourites. - The Urban List


Lunch Meeting:
Small Print is a quality focused specialty coffee house, bakery, and café. Our purpose is to source the best coffee beans from around the world. Our offer also includes house baked pastries, artisan breads, baguettes, muffins and sandwiches, as well as house-made pies, pasties and sausage rolls. A new addition is our Small Print Breakfast, served from 7am – 10am.
- Photo via Trip Advisor


Weekend breakfast: Mary Street Bakery
An initiative from the guys behind some of Perth’s best eateries is this welcoming and much wanted bakehouse that is perched on the corner of Beaufort and Mary Streets in Highgate.


Beach: Cottesloe

Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular of all Western Australia's city beaches. It is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth's western suburbs, only 15 minutes from the city centre.

Cottesloe Beach, located in Perth's western suburbs, is a one and a half kilometre stretch of golden sand which extends north from Mudurup Rocks to the southern rocks of Swanbourne Beach. It's one of the city's favourite beaches for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Crystal clear waters and consistent waves make it a popular spot for swimmers, body boarders and surfers.

Profile: Chris Edwards, Oscar Hunt Tailors

Quick Facts
Who: Chris Edwards
Position and Company: Director at Oscar Hunt Tailors
Locations: Melbourne and Sydney
Founded: 2010
Number of Employees: 17
Company's vision: To be the leading tailor in Australia
Best selling product: Textured navy two-piece suit

1. What's your vision for OHT?
My vision for OHT revolves around a remarkable experience for each and every client underpinned by tailoring of the highest quality and exceptional service.  We will continue to innovate and find ways to deliver an amazing overall product to our clients.  Ultimately, by delivering these remarkable experiences to each client that walks into our showroom, we will be a truly unique and special tailoring house.

2. How do you, as a Director and owner, create a culture within the workplace to deliver that vision?
As a team we have set the values by which we live and breathe.  We talk about these values in weekly meetings and we celebrate moments when these values are brought to life.  We have clean lines of communication throughout the company with the goal of making sure that each individual member (or team), should they encounter an issue (or something that may impede their ability to deliver on their particular goals), it can quickly and easily be resolved.  We also have a passionate team that truly appreciates the value of a great fitting suit.

3. What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working with an amazing group of people.  I enjoy watching our clients stand a foot taller in their new MTM suit.  I enjoy creating relationships with our clients and becoming a part (even if it is a small one!) of their life when they look to all things style and lifestyle.  I enjoy the opportunities that are present in the world of tailoring and I enjoy being at the forefront of made-to-measure tailoring in this country.  

4. What does the next 12 months look like for OHT?
The next 12 months will focus largely on our new showroom in Sydney.  We opened the showroom in September last year and we want to really start to create the types of relationships with clients there like the ones we have here in Melbourne.

5. How critical was networking when you started OHT?
It was everything.  In a lot of ways, it still is.  Some of our best clients, partners, team members and mentors have come by way of networking.  It is a great way, particularly as a young business, to help grow a business and learn from those who have sailed the same waters previously.

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?
Firstly, OHT is in a unique position to help (by way of donating clothes), and we have seen first-hand the up-tick in confidence that a fitted suit can give.  Secondly, I believe that all businesses should be heavily involved in social enterprises and work towards helping those around us.  On a personal level I hope to one day be far more involved (in what capacity I am uncertain) with social work and using the skills that I have learned on this journey to help others.

7. What's your next m2m outfit going to be?
Very good question!  It will likely be a dark brown, with a lighter brown pin, in a flannel cloth,  from Dormeuil.  It will be a double-breasted suit with wide peak lapels, designed for the oncoming Melbourne chill.  I’m also looking at a denim-coloured cotton fabric for a light-weight suit as I may be heading over to Italy in a couple of months.

Event: Oscar Hunt Tailors x Suitably Connected - Thursday 5 May 2016

Our next event is at the Melbourne CBD showroom of Oscar Hunt Tailors on Thursday 5 May 2016.

Following our most recent events at Henry Bucks and Evans and Partners, we'd like to welcome you to join us to network and raise money to help give confidence back to men searching for employment.

This will be the second time that Oscar Hunt's Hardware Lane showroom plays host to Suitably Connected following the launch of the showroom in July 2014.

Event details
Date: Thursday 5 May 2016 from 6:00 - 8:30pm
Price: Members - Free; Non-members - $30 ticket entry (includes food and drinks)
Venue: Oscar Hunt Tailors, 3/43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 3000
RSVP: Register by Thursday 28 April 2016
 

 

Profile: Melbourne Watch Co.

Melbourne Watch Co.'s (MWC) founder and owner, Sujain Krishnan, is taking the Australian watch community by storm. The softly spoken, former IT executive, started the company in 2013, having previously owned a small 'hobby' watch business. Since its launch in 2013, MWC has gone from strength to strength - a sign that with a strong vision, some hard work and a product that you believe in, achieving your dream can be around the corner. 

Krishnan's mantra is that you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to own a luxury timepiece, and it's true. Having crowdfunded his first model, the 'Flinders', and kickstarted his second model, the 'Portsea', it is clear that watch buyers agree. MWC's appeal is in its simple, clean aesthetic and the quality of the materials used for the timepieces. 

All models are designed by Krishnan himself and are named after the suburbs of Melbourne and its surrounds. The models all take on characteristics of their names, from the bustling CBD to the ease and elegance of the surf-side suburbs. 

Suitably Connected is proud to have worked with MWC and is grateful for its past support. Get online and check them out at http://www.melbournewatch.com.au. 

Smart spaces: P. Johnson Tailors, Melbourne CBD

Suitably Connected supporter, P. Johnson Tailors, added to its list of impressive showrooms in February 2016 when it set up shop at the top end of Collins St, Melbourne.

Its new CBD showroom, located at 1A Crossley St, is an intimate space that mirrors the creative and modern luxury feel of its showrooms in Windsor (Melbourne), Paddington (Sydney) and Soho (New York). It's leafy outlook onto Collins St is a great escape from the city bustle.

Designed for customer convenience, the space is manned by Dan Harkin, PJT's Senior Tailor. Get down and check it out by appointment, or by chance. And afterwards, why not grab a bite to eat at Pellegrino's for lunch or a cocktail at Romeo Lane to start the night. www.pjt.com.

Photography by David Urbanke and others.

Event round up: Evans and Partners

In December 2015, Evans and Partners, one of Australia's premier investment houses hosted Suitably Connected in it's iconic Collins St office.

Beautifully designed and finished, the office provided the perfect location for our end of year drinks. Over forty people joined us for the event to network and to hear from Tom Riley, owner and winemaker of T.B. Riley wines, while enjoying his delicious 2013 Gruetzner Vineyard cabernet shiraz.

There were also prizes on offer from Rodd & Gunn and Melbourne Watch Co. A special thank you to Tom, Rodd & Gunn, Melbourne Watch Co. and Capi Sparkling (for providing refreshing drinks a warm night). 

Dressing the disadvantaged - Wear for Success

How do you instil confidence and self-belief in someone who's struggling on the journey back to work? Suitably Connected is proud to support Wear for Success. Wear for Success provides professional clothing and work skills training to give people the best possible chance of achieving their dreams.

Everyone has potential. Wear for Success helps them find it. If we can engender confidence in people by helping them look and feel the part on their journey towards employment, then we’ve done our job.

Wear for Success commenced in 2011 and is a not-for-profit organisation run by a dedicated group of volunteers and management team, including a volunteer Board. Since then it has helped over 2,600 people needing support on their journey back to work. Wear for Success is a registered charity and donations over $2 are tax deductible

Event round up: Henry Bucks x Melbourne Watch Company

Henry Bucks played host to Suitably Connected and the Melbourne Watch Company in October 2015 to help raise proceeds for Wear for Success. 

The collaboration between one of Australia's oldest and finest menswear stores with Australia's latest watch company gave those attending great insight into two fantastic local businesses, as well as the opportunity to try on some of their wears.

Amidst AFL grand final euphoria we heard from Tim Cecil, Managing Director, Henry Bucks; Sujain Krishnan, Founder and Owner, Melbourne Watch Company; and AFL hall of famer and Wear for Success ambassador Paul Salmon. 

London to Melbourne - Designing 007

Dressing the world's most stylish character is no easy task. That's why Lindy Hemming, the Academy Award winning costume designer, decided to collaborate with Sunspel, Britain's finest heritage brand, for the two latest James Bond films: Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. 

With Spectre, the newest 007 film, currently in cinemas, we thought it was apt to acknowledge and reflect on the first anniversary of Sunspel's arrival in Melbourne (and Australia). 

Having played host to Suitably Connected in February 2015 at its incredible Gertrude St store, we have a soft spot for Sunspel. It's commitment to quality, design and comfort makes it a standout in the everyday luxury market. Once you experience their store and products, you won't go back. 

Not sure where to start? Well, with record temperatures in October in Melbourne, why not go for the Sunspel and 007 classic, the Riviera Polo. The warp knit cotton fabric creates a mesh like texture which gives it structure while keeping its wearer nice and cool. Available in a range of colours and in short sleeve or long sleeve, it's the perfect addition to the summer wardrobe.

Check out Sunspel at 77 Gertrude St, Fitzroy or online at www.sunspel.com 

MC