I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, in particular a gorgeous little oasis by the name of Tulum. In preparation for my very first Mexican adventure, I thought it fitting that I create a mini collection inspired by the beautiful colours of Mexico, from the arid desert landscape to the lush sea side.
Each of the garments were designed to meet the various commitments and events I had planned but more importantly, they were designed to travel well. I enlisted the help of a few of my favourite European textile mills, both old and new suppliers to assist in the creation of the collection.
My first look, was created for a special dinner I was attending. I wanted a light weight jacket in a very unstructured look. I came across this beautiful Wool/Cotton blend Jersey from Dormeuil. It is heavy enough to to provide a wrinkle recovery and a natural stretch and not require any canvas or padding yet light enough to feel comfortable on a warm day. The trousers were created from a beautiful terracotta and cream wool/linen blend from my dear friends at Lanificio Cerruti. Finished with a high cut, double buttoned waist band with extenders and a kissing pleat. This cut of trousers has my style of choice for some time now as they’re comfortable, breathable and light with a beautiful taper. The look was completed with a simple khaki coloured tee, I love the simplicity of it with a tailored jacket and trouser, especially when travelling.
My footwear of choice for this outfit was a beautiful pair of custom made suede loafers from the legends at 124 Shoes in Melbourne. Part of their new Conflict for Interest Premium collection, I sat down with Anthony and chose the leather, colour and details. The khaki suede loafer with fringe and leather sole was the prefect look for little Tulum soiree.
My second look was also unstructured and relaxed, with my very own version of a Field Jacket. A long sleeve safari style jacket with patch pockets and belted waist band. The turquoise linen from Gianfranco Fila in Italy gives it more of a summer feel whilst the horn buttons provide a little contrast. I paired this jacket with a flat front made to measure cotton chino in a light stone colour also from Gianfranco Fila. The cotton twill is the perfect weight for summer yet feels durable and doesn’t wrinkle. Finished with a simple white tee, because I don’t iron when I’m on holidays.
My final look was the most relaxed, but probably my favourite item of summer clothing I have designed for myself. The navy blue 100% linen tailored short with a pleat was certainly a hit on the streets of Tulum. The single pleat allowed me to dress this up with a linen shirt but also work with a simple knit polo (not my own creation). The shorts are high cut on the waist, with a wider drape around the thigh finishing just above the knee with a 4cm deep cuff, finished with shell buttons and belt loops.
- Jacket – Off White Wool & Cotton Jersey Hopsack by Dormeuil (D Philosophy)
- Trousers – Terracotta Wool/Linen blend by Lanifico Cerruti (Oxygen)
- Field Jacket – Turquoise linen from Gianfranco Fila
- Chinos – Stone cotton from Gianfranco Fila
- Tailored Shorts – Navy Linen from Dugdale Bros.
Location : Casa Pueblo Tulum
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