Originally Posted by Terminator
I thought Justin O'Shea was from Toowomba or nearby (i.e. SW Qld rather than NW Qld). I might be wrong though.
Anyone from Brisbane (maybe @Journeyman
know anything about The Afternoon Tailors? And what's happening with The Cloakroom these days, stocking Stefano Bemer and hosting Cifonelli trunk shows?! Seems like a big step up?
I think that you might be right - I'm pretty sure that O'Shea spent some of his childhood in Toowoomba, then moved up to near the Gulf of Carpentaria in his teens, before heading for the UK and then mainland Europe.
I don't know anything about The Afternoon Tailors but, having had a quick squizz at their Instagram, it doesn't look that great. They look like they're trying to pull a P.Johnson vibe, with the short trousers with very, very narrow leg openings, worn with sneakers and no socks, but the quality looks pretty ordinary.
I did see something about The Cloakroom offering Bemer and Cifonelli and I was very surprised, given that their earlier suiting was pretty awful. Still, I haven't looked at them for years so it's possible that they've improved over that period and so it's not such a leap. I really don't know if there's a sufficient market for that sort of thing in Brisbane, but I guess that time will tell. To me, The Cloakroom has always been a triumph of style over substance - their stores look good, their marketing is very good and they do a great job of getting publicity, but the end product isn't really very good and most of the people there talk as though they've stepped out of the pages of GQ or having quickly read through several clothing blogs, instead of actually knowing about good tailoring.
I absolutely laughed out loud reading your post.
Originally Posted by Dusty Brogues
Justin Oshea is throwback for a Windsor Smith campaign of the last 15 years.
Good comment about Metallica, too - given that O'Shea was trying to make Brioni current/funky/relevant/cutting edge etc, it's rather odd that he chose to feature a band that had its heyday about 20 years ago...