Introducing our Witchery Man of August, Mr Nick Vindin. One phrase pops to mind when it comes to this laid back guy: multi-talented – and even that’s an understatement. The only way he could have his fingers in more pies would be if he worked as a baker. If he isn’t interviewing the biggest names in Formula one on SBS – like World Champion Lewis Hamilton or Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo, or broadcasting live from the most infamous yacht race, The Sydney to Hobart – you will find him scouring the globe looking for the best travel spots for Smooth FM. As Smooth’s travel correspondent Nick has travelled Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East for his popular syndicated radio spots and his ever-growing travel blog. If that wasn’t enough to impress you, he’s the founding Chairman of the charity Concert for the Cure which is a leading National Breast Cancer Research Foundation community partner and one of his latest adventures has been hosting the new game show for Channel 9’s GO called Move It which he’s now filming seasons 3 and 4. Here we see him wearing the WitcheryMan August pieces in store, showing us why staples never go out of fashion and how to hold on to contemporary style whilst maintaining a gent’s basic needs!
Above: Nick wears WitcheryMan Denim Shirt, WitcheryMan Mansel Jean, WitcheryMan New Gen Sneaker.
OG: Style to you is…
Comfortable (yet sharp); timeless; practical (yet sophisticated); smart; purposeful.
OG: Who is your style icon and why?
Probably my dad. Growing up I didn’t think so, but the older I get the more I appreciate how unique and frankly cool his approach is. His style is classic, bold and confident – in one word, gentlemanly. From his dressing gown and slippers to his omnipresent jacket (blazer, or suit – he won’t leave the house without looking smart), he takes great pride in his presentation – as did his dad. Sadly I think it is something that is on the slide a bit.
OG: How does the female eye influence your style choices?
From the day you are born the female eye shapes your style. Your mum in the first instance, next your sister, then the girl you are trying to impress, and finally your partner.
Left: WitcheryMan Bond Crew Neck Jumper, WitcheryMan Wilson Chino, WitcheryMan New Gen Sneaker.
Right: WitcheryMan Cross Knit Jumper, WitcheryMan Carolina Jean, WitcheryMan Pull on Boot.
OG: If you could be a fictional character who would it be? And why?
Although I prefer a stirred, not shaken, martini myself, it would have to be Sean Connery’s James Bond. He is the personification of timeless cool. He travels to the most exotic locations in the world in beautifully tailored suits and can ski, scuba dive and drive fast cars with effortless ease.
OG: What are 3 items you can’t travel without?
My passport…. just kidding. A good book (for those plane rides), sleeping tablets (to help me acclimatise as soon as possible) and, while I know this is cheating, a good overnight bag for carry-on to ensure you have at least one fresh outfit should your luggage decide to holiday somewhere else.
OG: How does WitcheryMan resonate with your career, lifestyle and every day routine?
I think it best resonates with my lifestyle in that it is comfortable, sharp and simple. Their collection is unique in that you can wear, say one shirt, to work, to the beach or to dinner. And when you are in a mad rush it’s good to have clothes that are versatile – and look smart in different settings. In terms of how it resonates with my career ? I would like to think WitcheryMan’s collection, like my skill set, is getting better every day.
WitcheryMan Quilted Sleeveless Jacket, WitcheryMan Mumford Plaid Shirt, WitcheryMan Mansel Jean.
OG: What was your favourite WitcheryMan outfit of the shoot? If you could be wearing it anywhere in the world where would you be?
Probably the black and white speckled jumper. I stole it, I mean…. borrowed it permanently from the shoot. I am planning to put it to good use in Sydney and will be wacking it in the overnight back for my next holiday. So it’s not really a hypothetical at all.
OG: “Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). Please discuss.
Old Henry and I disagree on this a little. Simple characters aren’t necessarily excellent (unless it is your accountant). I think complex people are the most interesting, puzzling and intriguing – they make life fun. I wouldn’t describe any of my friends as simple – far from it. However Mr. Longfellow is on the money when it comes to simplicity of manners and style. Things that aren’t too busy tend to never really go out of style.
OG: If you could invite any 4 people to your dinner party who would they be? And why would they be there?
Barack Obama (I would ask him to be my referee for job applications – he would really open doors); Oprah Winfrey (just to listen to how she built an empire, plus hearing some of the antics that went on back stage would be a nice kicker); Roger Federer (I am just in awe of him. What he has accomplished on the court, and the way he has done it. I’ve been lucky enough to interview many big names in world sport but he is the one person that would turn me into a giggling school girl.); and Queen Elizabeth II (She would have some amazing stories to tell – plus I feel like she would make a cracking Gin and Tonic and might just get the party started).
Photography: Trevor King @DLM / Styling: Oliver Grand