M.J. Bale Spring/Summer 2012

We dropped into M.J. Bale on Wednesday to have a suit fitted (naturally) and purchase some shirts and whilst we there we picked ourselves up the fresh Spring/Summer 2012 look book which we thought we’d pop up for everyone to have a look.

Aptly themed ‘A well-dressed gentleman can get away with anything’, M.J. Bale’s Spring Summer 2012 collection reinterprets the grand, martini-swilling style and dash of the Rat Pack era for the modern Australian man. Photographed at The Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, Sydney, M.J. Bale’s new campaign features impeccably-cut suits and tailored casualwear for gentlemen who know when to work and how to party.

“Our key pieces for the Spring Summer season take a really strong influence from the days of the Rat Pack, Sinatra, Deano and the original Ocean’s Eleven,” says M.J. Bale owner-designer, Matt Jensen. “These guys had a real sense of timeless, classic style, but most importantly, fun. They really knew how to own it and have a great time. Similarly, we wanted the M.J. Bale man to get dressed up and have fun for spring, and not just in sharp, elegant suits, but also in grown-up, tailored separates.”

Spring Summer collection highlights include deconstructed jackets in blended fabrications that are lightweight and perfect for warmer weather. This includes the super-deconstructed, three-patch-pocketed ‘Raymond’ jacket in a wool-silk-linen blend, new 100% washed-cotton trousers (‘Xavier’) in Ivy League-inspired colours of khaki, blue, green and slate, as well as washed-cotton jackets in blue, green and khaki. M.J. Bale’s spring summer shirts again reference an Ivy League-inspired palette with madras checks complete with brown horn buttons, loud pastel block colours and large Gingham checks. Making their debut in M.J. Bale’s shirt collection are Vegas-ready linen shirts in plain white and faint vertical stripes. They’re constructed from high-end Italian fabric, as are the new slim-fit denim shirts and printed shirts in geometric style patterns. Knitted silk ties (in colours like emerald green, red and sky blue) and knitted cotton ties are all 100% Made in Italy, returning to a classic width of 7.5cm to 8cm wide.

M.J. Bale has also seriously evolved its casualwear to give a greater choice in tailored shorts, t-shirts and polos. Polos in block colours and stripes have been re-engineered for a snugger, shorter fit and with improved sleeve detail stitching. T-shirts have been composed from a wider, summer-friendly spectrum of bright and pastel colours, with select styles featuring pockets sewn on front. To finish, handsome tailored shorts in plain navy, khaki, seersucker and check patterns are constructed along the perfect length equilibrium: not too long, not too short, the ultimate length and cut to go from beach to party.

The 2012 summer collection is a well rounded complete wardrobe. M.J. Bale have catered for all tastes and occasions further cementing themselves as the key clothier for the Australian man.

Photographed by Nick Scott (The Dolling Agency)
Styled by Wayne Gross (GQ Australia)
Grooming by Stephen Foyle (Detail for Men)
Models Jack Vanderhart & Jimmy Young-Whitforde (EMG) Nicole Sherriff (Viviens)


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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