Made to Measure with Max – Part Two Male Uniform & The Rise of Androgyny


With a background in fashion and garment construction, and having run his own made-to-measure business, Maximillian has fantastic insight into fashion trends and dressing for self expression. To read Part One of this series where I talk to Max about all things fashion, click HERE.     A big part of my discussion with Max was around gendered fashion trends and what’ ‘rules’ exist for men and for women. We also discussed how fashion, as a medium of self expression, can exist to blur the boxes around men and women and highlight the diversity of the gender spectrum. ‘I’ve noticed… Continue Reading

Men’s workshop with Mitchell Oakley Smith


  The Canberra Centre’s Eden continued its string of masterclasses last Saturday with something for the boys: Scotch & Watch, an evening of suits, watches, and whiskey with Australia’s premier fashion journalist, Mitchell Oakley Smith. Upon arrival we were greeted by a space well laid out with male grooming products on display and a try-me desk containing a variety of colognes and moisturisers. The food had a distinctly masculine theme to it with tiny cheeseburgers and duck (at least I think it was duck) wraps. And of course there was the bar which, while filled with quality booze, had only… Continue Reading

Style According to Huw Bennet


  Last weekend Huw Bennet, the stylish man who amongst other things is a contributing editor to Oliver Grand and co-founder of Vanishing Elephant, lead a Masterclass in men’s style at the Canberra Centre. As well as discussing his own enviable sense of style, Huw shared some of his tips and tricks for developing a classic sense of style. Ladies take note because many of Huw’s take home messages apply to us too. When asked what all men should have in their wardrobe, you will likely guess Huw’s first piece of advice. ‘Every man should have a suit, something that… Continue Reading

An Interview with Huw Bennet – Man of Style


  Gentleman get ready, Huw Bennet, contributing editor to Oliver Grand and co-founder of Vanishing Elephant (just to name a few of his many accomplishments) is leading a workshop in men’s style at the Canberra Centre on Friday 24 June. But before we have the opportunity to find out Huw’s tips for developing a personal style and taking on this season’s trends at tomorrow’s masterclass, we wanted to find out a bit more about the man himself.   Leiden: What drew you to a career in fashion? Huw: I was always a funny kid wearing my dad’s suits out on… Continue Reading

On Style and Socks


  “Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.” – Alexander McQueen   When I was a boy I took little interest in the clothing I wore. It was, to me, a purely utilitarian thing, designed to protect ones modesty from the elements, and to preserve the modesty of ones elements. It served these purposes and no more. The thought that there were others who wore their clothes not for practicality’s sake, but as an expression of self, seemed a laughable waste of time and money. The only explanation I could surmise as to why someone would… Continue Reading