Australian gentlemen's clothier M.J. Bale is threading a silver lining amongst the current uncertainty, releasing a new collection of menswear staples woven from all-natural fibres that "embrace the unexpected".
The campaign, titled 'Clean Slate, Future State', features ironman Jett Kenny, the son of former ironman legend Grant Kenny and Australian swimming champion Lisa Curry, and was shot on Sydney's Bondi Beach and in Barangaroo by photographer Trevor King.
The collection draws upon M.J. Bale's natural fibres expertise and relationships with sustainable growers, including Tasmanian and New England woolgrowers, European linen producers and Italian weavers. It features wardrobe foundation pieces re-engineered to become versatile, fluid and adaptable: knitted Jersey cotton tees, super soft polos, French-worker inspired 'chore' jackets in ivory cotton and lightweight Merino wool suits designed to be broken up and worn more casually as tailored separates with sneakers. Further highlights include cotton 'seersucker-inspired' blazers, breezy linen-wool-silk blazers woven by the prestigious Loro Piana textile mill in Italy and a navy linen-cotton herringbone safari jacket.
New to the brand are 'WFA' garments that re-interpret the brand's signature performance fabrics in relaxed, tailored cuts. Side-adjuster pleated chinos combine casual chinos with tailored trousers, whilst poplin shirts woven from pure Egyptian Giza Cotton in 'parachute-thin' yarns offer four-season performance in eight versatile colours. Lightweight crew neck knits woven from breathable cotton-silk blends, 1950s inspired silky knit polos, and jersey cotton t-shirts represent the brand's new relaxed "smarter casual" staples that help men express their future state, wherever their path takes them.