Melbourne Menswear Meetings

We saw a lot of Range Rover Evoques over the weekend in Melbourne which made me realise my decision to spend the weekend with it in Melbourne rather than Sydney was spot on. In my opinion the Evoque is the quintessential Melbourne car, compact, efficient, stylish, luxurious, trendy – I could go on. On a weekend where we had some of the worst Melbourne traffic I’ve ever experienced the Evoque shone. The brand new gearbox is truly something special, it almost feels like a hybrid under normal acceleration. It’s so smooth I barely noticed us pulling away from the InterContinental on Saturday morning as we took off for our own little urban adventure.

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On these weekends a car is essential. We’d stacked our day with meetings across the city and the suburbs and were looking forward to travelling from A to B and back to A again in style. As we walked out of the hotel on Saturday morning we were greeted by the doorman who handed us the keys to our Evoque which was waiting patiently in the valet area. We sat in the car and had a look at our calendar, planned our route and set off down Collins St for a quick look at the new Henry Bucks store before a coffee with Christian Kimber at his pop up store.

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After sifting through the new arrivals at Henry Bucks freshly renovated store we were keen to get over to the Little Mule Cafe for Christian Kimber’s Pop-Up store where we were meeting Christian and a bunch of his pals. Unfortunately Swanston St was a nightmare, but it gave us ample time to take in the city through the Evoque’s monster panoramic sunroof and sample the standout Meridian sound system.

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When we arrived at The Little Mule Cafe it was brimming with menswear enthusiasts keen to get their hands on Christian’s loafers and pocket squares. We grabbed a coffee and took the opportunity to do a little shopping before grabbing a few snaps with Maliek, Christian, Nam, and Steve.

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We jumped back in the Evoque and headed for Dukes Coffee Roasters in Windsor for a meeting and a spot of lunch. Thankfully Dukes was as spot on as always and well worth the wait we endured before heading back into the city for meetings with Suit Your Style and the gents from Oscar Hunt.

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We were greeted by a lady we assumed was Ben’s assistant and whisked up an elevator to the top floor of a Church St building to be greeted by the team from Suit Your Style and an incredible view. After discussing some exciting new innovations that Suit Your Style are launching in the coming months we picked out some fabrics and got measured up. As we walked back into the lift we weren’t quite sure where we’d just been but if you get the chance to visit Suit Your Style in their club come office I highly recommend it.

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The drive back to Hardware Lane was short and sweet as we located Oscar Hunt’s new showroom and walked through the doors to be find the whole team whiskies in hand ready to show us their new Winter Campaign. The gent’s new space is magnificent, it’s hard to believe they used to operate in a room a fraction of the size! After viewing their new collection and adding a couple of items to our Christmas in July wish list we parted ways for a 5.30 whisky tasting back at the InterContinental.

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Valet parking at a hotel is one of life’s most enjoyable luxuries, especially when you’re in a nice car. The Range Rover Evoque definitely holds the necessary status to warrant sitting outside such a grand hotel. When we pulled up at the InterContinental we were absolutely exhausted from a full day of activities and staring down the barrel of a very long evening with a 5.30 whisky tasting, not that we were complaining.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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