Pack and Play

This month we have teamed up with the Polo Project, an online polo magazine defining a life of luxury sport and style.
Pack for an international lifestyle looking suave when it comes to dressing for Polo in the City and by the Sea with these essentials.

Polo in the City
The key here is to keep it light or bright. It’s no secret that menswear has fully embraced pattern and colour over the past few seasons, with many men becoming much more adventurous with their styling and clothing choices. Being an event geared around summer dressing when worn the right way, lighter shades and pop colour can be effortlessly stylish. If you want to go for something more bold such as a royal blue keep the tone in the blazer and use that as a base to work around for a masculine take on colour.

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Orange polo top Canali Lace up shoes Christian Louboutin  Linen blazer Canali  Pocket square Pal Zileri @Harrolds  Blue shirt Canali  Polka for tie Canali  Watch Emporio Armani Weekender tan bag Canali

 

Polo by the Sea
Pick one statement piece and own it. Incorporating a statement piece can take your outfit from bland to impossibly cool. The best way to do this in order to keep the look classic is through subtle details. Try a blazer in a tonal check print double or an accessory in a punchy colour.

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Weekender leather bag Giorgio Armani  Check blazer Pal Zileri @Harrolds  White linen shirt Canali  Yellow flower pin Harrolds  Grey loafers Andrea Ventura @Harrolds  Fragrance Amouage @Harrolds  Sunglasses Moscot  Chinos Gant  Pocket square Canali Panama The Hatmaker
 
Photography: Trevor King @DLM 
 

 

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Oliver Grand x WitcheryMan

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Jimmy Wears WitcheryMan Honeycomb Shirt, Short Sleeve V Tee, Clover Print Shirt, Fitzroy Sneaker

Summer brings the promises of languid days spent lounging in the sun, the absolute freedom of open sea and an exciting line up of festive events. It also welcomes the need for lighter dressing. The superstar? Every man’s essential: shorts. For our latest editorial in collaboration with WitcheryMan Jimmy Bartel show us how to take your look easily from beach to bar. In November, we’re showcasing the printed and blue-hued variety of this seasonally appropriate piece in particular.

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Jimmy Wears WitcheryMan Spot Polo, Whitehaven Short

For a modern take on smart casual, keep it simple by combining tailored shorts with a clean collared shirt or a polo. If you are planning on hitting the beach, add interest to your swim shorts by throwing on a colourful tee and light sneakers. Remember: summer is the perfect time to be more creative with your style so don’t be afraid to experiment with prints and bold colour to match the cheer of the weather.

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Jimmy Wears WitcheryMan Holiday Plain Tee, Mesh Bather, Fitzroy Sneaker
Photography: Trevor King @DLM 
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Henrietta Supper Club

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True to the ‘supper club’ portion of its name, there’s a bit of a traditional, Victorian feel to the dark wood décor of Henrietta’s interior, though with a modern, eclecticism in the details of its art and furnishings. Upon entering, we were escorted to the lounge-like bar for a pre-meal cocktail. The ‘Pan American Chipper’ was an easy, summery drink that featured Laird’s 100 proof apple brandy, lime, real pomegranate and grenadine, with a slight absinthe kick. We really have to highlight the warmth and generous hospitality of one of Henrietta’s owner, Dominic Carnevale. Dominic took the time to talk us through the menu and explain the venue, and it’s clear that this enthusiasm extends to its generous, hearty dishes.

Adventurous diners, pay attention: Henrietta’s menu is a veritable chameleon. After 10:30PM, the supper menu comes out to play and the entire menu changes every 1.5 months , so it may be worth a revisit for the new dishes on offer. In the spirit of new culinary discovery, we braved the unconventional oxtail croquettes, which turned out to be very tasty and quite balanced in flavor. The always reliable, melt-in-your-mouth pork crackling was the accompanying side dish. As a restaurant with prominent Irish influences, it was no surprise that our mains were heavy on the meat. Together, the rack of lamb, hanger steak (my personal favourite) and cauliflower three ways make for a very satisfying set of mains for the carnivores . For those with lighter palates, the trick is to space out the meals, perhaps with a cocktail or two from Henrietta’s impressive menu between courses. The dodger ice cream sandwich with malt shake dessert was inspired by classic English jam drops. True to its inspiration, the dessert was bursting with flavour and character, perfect for those with an unapologetic sweet tooth at the end of the night, though it may be better as a shared dish for others. All desserts come with a mini alcoholic concoction, unless you’re ordering the cheese platter.

Oliver Grand Says:
Henrietta’s Supper Club is definitely the place for those craving dining that is generous in portion and flavour and served by those who go out of their way to make the experience special.

Henrietta Supper Club,

Level 1, 292-294 Victoria Street,

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

+61 (2) 9356 3429

http://www.henriettasupperclub.com.au

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Absolute Sanctuary

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Flying into Koh Samui immediately transported me to a haven switched off from the business of life. This rhetoric was flawlessly carried through by the Absolute Sanctuary team who picked us up from the airport and took us to the luxury jungle escape only a 5 minute drive away. Sampling two different detox plans (and there are many others to choose from readers), the 7 Day Ultimate Fasting Detox and the Live Raw Foods Detox, all apprehension about doing what I believed to be a hippie endeavour were put to ease by the staff from the time we arrived. We were welcomed with a cold towel and our detox plans thoroughly described (four times daily detox drinks and raw food plan mapped out, as well as, gulp, daily colonics, supplements and indulgent spa treatment program) and put together in a very easy to-follow package for the week (they read my OCD mind with the timetabling), with extra information on detoxing also available to read at my own leisure (which was ideal for my amateur detox experience).

Now as a meat lover and absolute foodie, I definitely was not looking forward to going without food for 7 days, however I approached it with all due enthusiasm in the name of pure health, vitality and clarity, and this was made all the more easy by the wonderful staff, beautiful Moroccan-inspired accommodation (including the most comfortable bed I have slept on in a long time), stunning Samui location and friendly faces everywhere we looked. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and despite the lack of food and extreme dreams about cheeseburgers and family blocks of Cadbury chocolate, words cannot describe how wonderful this process has been. Nurtured every step of the way by leaders in their fields from the daily yoga classes, to naturopaths, colonic nurses and spa team (the best Thai massage I have ever received, big call I know, and the green coffee wrap was my other favourite spa treatment, a must try), I urge you all to find time to experience it. I know some of you sceptics ponder at the validity of detoxes but as a fellow empirical sceptic, there’s nothing hippie about this: an alternative way to re-charge, re-centre and relax from the mania of life.

For me, the yoga was the standout. A glass window studio looking out to the jungle provided the perfect location to find peace and push your own boundaries. Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t practiced yoga before, there are not only many different levels to cater for all stages, but the teachers were phenomenal – wise, willing to chat and guide, and moreover encouraging with how to introduce yoga into your normal life in an achievable way.

A place to re-centre, re-evaluate and re-charge, and with easy access to all major beaches and locations (Choeng Mon Beach spectacular sunset is something that can’t be missed), Absolute Sanctuary is an ideal location to undergo a detox program. Whether you’re fasting or eating on a detox or your personally made plan (readers note that the food here is incredible, especially the new superfood menu), there’s something here for everyone. Approaching this with the view that it was something a crazy bride and her bridesmaids would do to squeeze into their dresses before the big day, I could not be further from that outlook now. Glowing from inside to out, I would recommend this to anyone, men and women, whether that be on your own (you will find like-minded people there) or as a duo as we did, it will change your life. Arriving dull and worn out, I left changed, light (physically and mentally) and positive, as well as with many friends from across the world. A different option for a time out: all I can say is that my body and mind is feeling the benefits. If you’re a cynic, I dare you to give it a go and reap the benefits!

Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui

88 Moo 5. Tambol Bophut,

Amphur Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320

T: +66 77 60 1190

E: info@absolutesanctuary.com

www.absolutesanctuary.com

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Mr Cocquerel

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Despite only graduating from film school 2 years ago, Thomas Cocquerel has already started carving a path on the Australian TV scene, appearing in LOVE CHILD and the soon-to-be-released ANZAC GIRLS. Not only that, the 24 year old is also making marks overseas; he’s recently wrapped up shooting on the US feature film KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN alongside Hollywood greats like Anthony Hopkins and fellow Aussie, Sam Worthington. That’s not even mentioning his way of charming A-list ladies, which includes Glee star, Dianna Agron.
Chatting to Thomas about his personal style and life experiences, we found a down-to-earth actor who is definitely one to watch.


Thomas wears Prada throughout / Watch Emporio Armani 

 

OG. What was it like to work with Hollywood greats like Anthony Hopkins, who starred with you in Kidnapping Freddy Heineken?

It was one of the most amazing experiences. I was already a big fan of the whole cast before meeting them but to work with such a talented group of actors in person only confirmed why that was so. I was in awe when Anthony Hopkins arrived. We met on set minutes before they called us on. We only have two very short private scenes together in the film as my character doesn’t really interact with him much, but it didn’t stop me from going to set every single day he was filming to watch him work. A true icon and master of his craft, I loved learning from him. My real highlight was the day he invited me to have tea with him in trailer between takes. He really loves Australian actors and talked of the many he’s had the privilege to work with over time from Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe to Chris Hemsworth.

OG. Growing up with three sisters, how has the female perspective influenced your style choices?

Huge. All the women in my family have had an influence on what I wear as fashion is a big part of their lives and has been for generations. My great grandmother Eunice Jackson for instance started a small boutique retail chain 70 years ago that has been passed down and is still family run today. My three sisters love clothes, have always advised me and vice versa. We’re all very close and enjoy influencing one another. Growing up around the world, we were also exposed to different styles and trends, especially French fashion. I like comfortable classic clothes. Men in the 50′s and 60′s I think really had it down. Guys like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Cary Grant had such a great cool, confident and timeless style that still resonates today.

OG. The one thing you wish you never wore?

I’m sure there’s a lot but looking back the things I really regret are clothes that never fitted properly. Like shirts that were too big or small. I’m picky about what fits now. I also had a really long hair phase that I’m not too sure about anymore.

OG. What’s the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn so far, as an actor? Any advice you can give?

I think finding an undying self-belief is crucial but pretty hard to find and keep in this business. No one’s going to give you a shot at anything if you don’t believe in yourself first. Unfortunately though we get so many ‘no’s in this industry, especially starting out, that it can sometimes dishearten you and make you question everything. I remember Will Smith once saying that all successful people need a sort of ‘delusional quality’ to think that something different can happen in the future from what has normally always happened in the past. I really like that. Then it’s all about working hard, having fun and enjoying the process. Sinking deep into a text, learning everything you can about a character and their world so that you can be the most prepared. Then letting it all go to be present on set or stage and ready to offer your best performance.

OG. Are there certain things you must bring with you, no matter where you travel in the world? Can you tell us the story behind them.

A good pillow. When I travel frequently it gives me a piece of home on planes or buses for a good rest so I’m ready to go. Hours can be long and a good pillow makes everything just that little bit easier.

OG. If the whole world were listening, what would you say?

Be kind to one another and smile.

 

Photography: Trevor King @DLM / Grooming: Ryan Farrajota

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