Mr. Smith

Mr. Smith

Everyone's favourite All Black, Conrad Smith kindly donated his shirt to a worthy cause, his biggest fan's wardrobe.

Rex's last reported sighting was on his journey home from work, miming dummy passes and stepping pedestrians down Lambton Quay with a grin on his face..
 



This entry was posted in on May, 29 2015

Queen's Birthday Hours

Queen's Birthday Hours

The best and most peaceful time to shop is when everyone else leaves town.

If you aren't heading away, make sure you visit us to take advantage of your extra day off work to get your new winter kit sorted.

For Queen's Birthday weekend, we're opening with reduced hours: Monday 10am-4pm.


Picture from the 1953 royal performance at Auckland's St James Theatre.


This entry was posted in on May, 28 2015

Shoes to Choose

Shoes in our Suitably Heeled deal. Handsomely crafted by hand in Spain.


Seville Chocolate Brogue - FDP046 - $399
Buffed to perfection, Working Style's chocolate brogues add polish to your business ensemble. This style is timeless and versatile - a smart investment.

The word 'brogue' stems from broguing, which describes the ornamentation of shoes using perforations and pinking. Modern brogues trace their roots to a rustic Irish shoe that was constructed using untanned hide with perforations that allowed water to drain when crossing a bog.


Seville Brown Suede Brogue - FDP049 - $399
Working Style's chocolate suede brogues are the perfect 'smart casual' shoe for work or leisure. This style is timeless and versatile - a smart investment.


Toeldo Black Shoes FDP048 - $399
In a word, sleek. Made with a single piece of leather, these black lace-ups are made in Spain for Working Style. Once you've worn them a couple of times, you'll never want to take them off - the simple styling with closed lacing delivers slipper-like comfort



San Sebastian Black Toe Cap FDP047 -$399
These classic cap toe Oxfords in basic black are a wardrobe staple. The quality leather will soon conform to the individual contours of your feet, providing many months of comfortable standing and walking. Dancing too, if you're that way inclined. 



Padua Chocolate Sneakers FCWS159 - $399
This sneaker has snuck into the tailored wardrobe, proudly exhibiting the recontextualisation of sportswear. Crafted from butter-soft premium leather and made in Spain especially for Working Style, it makes perfect sense in the urban professional environment, especially for those who catch ferries, buses and trains to work.


Padua Chocolate Sneakers FCWS160 - $399



This entry was posted in on May, 28 2015

Longevity

Longevity

Value for money can sometimes be a difficult concept to portray. When paying a premium, expect to get a better fit, nicer materials and a superior construction which will lead to more wears and a longer lifespan if you're maintaining your goods.

We tailor some of the best quality garments in the world and it's always satisfying when we see your Working Style product lasting well beyond your initial expectations. It means you've got more value out of your purchase and this is only a good thing.

It is not uncommon for our clientele to mention they still have a jacket or a pair of shoes purchased from us a decade ago but on Saturday night we were sent a sneaky photo of a 20 year old Working Style liquor flask (we were assured this only contained medicine to sooth a winter cold)

Cheers to longevity.

This entry was posted in on May, 24 2015

Expo Milano 2015

Expo Milano 2015

Our Design team are heading to Europe to source fabric for next year's collections. On their stop will be Milan and fortuitously they can be amongst the first to see World Expo 2015 which has started this week and will be running until October.

This year's theme is 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for life'. Various nations exhibit ways to relate food and diet with creativity, 
technology, culture and innovation with the goal of showcasing core competencies and solutions to future consumption problems in relation to food

The expo occupies over a square kilometer and is the start of a conversion from one of Milan's industrial areas in to public and private spaces for offices and residential living. As well as having a practical purpose, the expo's highlights are often the pavillions or architectural design present throughout the zone.

If you're not fortunate enough to be heading to Italy this year, and have an interest in architecture,  here are a just a few of the dozens of pavilions. It's definitely worth a look online.






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This entry was posted in on May, 12 2015

Man Buns

Man Buns

Our follicly challenged brothers amongst us sometimes seem to have the easier route when deciding on a hair style. The streamlined silhouette not only makes sense when cutting through the water at the swimming pool, but forces avoidance of the fads and fashions of the time for better or for worse.

Men's hairstyles or fashion never receive the same scrutiny that women endure. Not since the Beckham-inspired fauxhawk graced barbers and salons, has a hair style proved as trendy or polarising as the comically-named 'Man Bun'. Also known as the Top Knot  (not to be confused with the New Zealand topknot).

Men putting their hair in buns is not an entirely new style, in fact cultures world-wide have bunned their flowing locks for centuries. Japanese men had a type of bun variant called a Chonmage, a look often associated with Sumo wrestlers and Samurai respectively. Sikh men frequently have their hair in a bun beneath turbans. Even Buddha is depicted as having his hair in a proud bun. Right here in New Zealand, we've bunned our hair since well before European arrival. Many of the meanings or affiliations behind the regional and stylistic variations of Maori bunned hair styles have been lost, but it is suggested that they were often worn by an individual of high status.



But we are talking about the new wave man bun, with the hairstyle's roots in the late 2000's. Man bun mania started with, you guessed it, Mr Beckham sporting a bun on field. Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom both bunned up for each of their weddings. Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and 40% of One Direction have cooked up a bun hairstyle at some point. The on-street influence is all around you at any university campus, cafe, music fesitval, sidewalk, beach or gym.

Scientists theorised that the world has reached 'peak beard' last year. So we ask, have we reached peak Bun?

The prevalence of the hair style has caused a polarised division. One group of South African men filmed a video of themselves sneakily cutting buns straight off unsuspecting men on the street. Men, and women, obviously still love it otherwise we wouldn't see it anywhere.

Do you love a man bun?  Is this man bun thing just an over-baked fad? Or simply, is beauty in the eye of the bunholder? 



This entry was posted in on May, 04 2015

American Psycho

American Psycho

15 Years ago this month, American Psycho was released on film starring Christian Bale as protagonist, and secret serial killer, Patrick Bateman.
Written by Bret Easton Ellis, the story was published in 1991 and is infamous for mixing comedy along with being a pychological thriller.

The story is a brilliant snapshot in to the 1980's "yuppie" culture within wealthy young Manhattan investment bankers. Highlighting the materialism, vanity and narcissim of the period. We bet you haven't heard the word yuppie in a while.

One of the best 'suit' movies ever made, American Psycho has some killer costumes throughout and is one to watch for old times sake. 

Here is an iconic scene, one of our favourites.






This entry was posted in on Apr, 30 2015

Auckland Employment Opportunity

Auckland Employment Opportunity

Working Style specialise in men's fashion that stands apart from the rest. Our men's clothes are known for superb fabric, cut and construction quality.

Being a Sales Person at Working Style is an immensely challenging and rewarding journey. The energy, enthusiasm and expertise of our team drive our brand forward, in a fast-paced and professional environment.

We are looking for an experienced retailer for our Shortland Street store, who can provide an unrivalled retail experience and build longstanding and quality customer relationships through a high level of customer service. You will demonstrate attention to detail and have a real passion for the industry. The success of our brand is in our staff, so our expectations are high.



The key skills required for this role include:

· High level of customer service experience in a similar environment

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Good organisational and time management skills

· A strong sense of personal style and an interest in clothing

· Self motivated and able to work under pressure

To apply contact nwilton@workingstyle.co.nz


This entry was posted in on Apr, 30 2015

The Perfect Drive

The Perfect Drive

Today marks the start of the New Zealand Final of the biggest amateur golf tournament in the world, The 2015 Mercedes Trophy.
The tournament will take place at New Zealand's premier golf course, Millbrook Resort just outside of Queenstown. 

The top 24 qualifying golfers from qualifiying regional golf tournaments over the past months around New Zealand have reached this stage and have been flown to Queenstown and put up in luxury accommodation before hitting the greens to duke it out across two competitive rounds this weekend. Competitors have a chance at representing the country in the international final and opportunities to win a VIP trip to St Andrews for the 2015 Open Championship as well as a chance to win an all-new Mercedes Benz C-Class who gets a hole in one on a designated par 3 hole. Perhaps even a few Working Style vouchers might be given away...

Good news for the supportive +1's,  partner events are included involving gala dinners, exclusive luncheon and spa programs.

Each year, more than 65,000 participants from over 60 countries tee off at the Mercedes Trophy in local, regional and national events, competing to qualify for the Mercedes Trophy World Final at the birthplace of the automobile, Stuttgart, Germany.

Best of luck for the weekend ahead, it sounds like a brilliant event.


This entry was posted in on Apr, 24 2015

Sportswear & Tailoring

Sportswear & Tailoring

A significant trend in the luxury industry right now is that consumers are spending up big time on luxury experiences, not just luxury goods – so brands have to understand that their customers are travelling to new places, seeking new experiences and need clothing that is up to the task and relevant.

Across the fashion capitals, in the beautifully lit windows of the boutiques on the most exclusive shopping streets there is a new movement. Modern tailoring is being merchandised with sportswear items such as sneakers and technical knitwear to help redefine it as an appropriate choice to wear for experiences that occur outside of corporate work or classic ceremonial wear.

Suits, jackets, trousers and shirts designed with enhanced movement through clever fabrications and body conscious silhouettes are incredible to try on — you feel active and sporty — conscious that this sportiness requires dedication in the gym but it also say’s something about an attitude to get out there and enjoy new experiences.

New experiences enjoyed whilst wearing active, sports inspired suiting doesn’t make sense when worn with a pair of leather soled tasseled loafers. This has lead to the inevitable; the global trend for brands to create a luxe sneaker range has finally hit the suiting market. Every brand worth their salt now offer’s a sneaker (a concept that is already a couple of seasons old) but now it is considered entirely plausible to pair a sneaker with tailored garments and not look like a University lecturer.

Not only does this trend encourage activeness and embrace experience, it also makes sense when doing business in a modern city increasingly dominated by short commutes and time pressure.

Our Creative Director, Eddie von Dadelszen, saw the light a few months ago. Product Design Director, Tim Dobbs, and Eddie were preparing for a days business during a snowstorm that was the worst the city had seen in twenty-eight years – Eddie was wearing a tailored flannel blazer, cashmere knitwear and trouser combo and some iconic Zabriskie boots from YSL – it was a particularly strong look for a hotel lobby. However, their meeting was two kilometres away, no taxi’s were on the road and there was a serious blizzard outside. Eddie only had the cuban boots with him so he had no choice but to wear them.

This first instance of sport shoes being relevant as a modern tailoring solution hit Eddie hard as he took a solid tumble on black ice. Tim who was wearing appropriately sporty, stylish, rugged, rubber soled boots got through completely unscathed and looked back to see Eddie buried in the snowdrift on the sidewalk. A not so stylish moment, or so comfortable as Eddie sat through the day’s meetings with soaking trousers.

We will definitely not be encouraging men to wear sneakers in the boardroom with their classic suiting as we love formal footwear and tradition too much for that. What we will be encouraging though is the addition of an excellent pair of sports inspired shoes for those times when it is entirely appropriate and makes total sense to wear them — and yes that can be with the right kind of jacketing or suiting.




This entry was posted in on Apr, 21 2015