Last week we popped into the M.J. Bale’s Flagship Store at Queen Street Woollarha to check out their Autumn Winter offering for 2015.
Armed with their new designer Dan Finch, the collection has evolved significantly from M.J. Bale’s bread and butter suiting. Dan’s fresh perspective has resulted in some interesting garments that get the brand out of its comfort zone. The range appears to be more versatile than ever with wardrobe options for even more Australian men in a variety of textures and earthy tones. Items such as the new vintage crew neck sweater and weatherproof outerwear recognise the need for quality everyday items that can be worn in casual situations open or with popped collars.
As always M.J. Bale have included some bold statement pieces. Flannel blend three piece suits with wide peak lapels and matching double breasted waistcoats appear to have come straight from the halls of Fortezza da Basso and whilst they’re only for the brave, they do look excellent. I’m not as sure about the Boardwalk Empire style 8 button DB with small notch lapels but I’m impressed with their confidence to give it a go and excited to see what’s on the cards for next winter.
One area they’ve focused on for AW2015 is their formal range with a mixture of blacks and navys in shawl lapels for the more conservative customer, and peak lapels for the more adventurous menswear enthusiast – their hero dinner jacket is just the sort of thing I’d enjoy wearing to my next Black Tie event.
As each year goes by I see M.J. Bale as far more than a suiting company, so much so that I think about their everyday offering more than I do their suits when I think about the brand. My wardrobe features a number of M.J. Bale casual pieces, and after viewing this collection I’m sure it will fill up with a few more.
M.J. Bale Autumn Winter 2015 launches on the 27th of Jan. Be sure to check it out in store or online.